Its origin, components and benefits
Falafel is considered one of the ancient popular meals famous in the countries of the Middle East, and it is a fried disc prepared from chickpeas or ground beans or both, and the secret of the Falafel mixture and its pleasant flavor lies in the spices added to it and the method of preparation, which differs from one country to another.
The names of this food vary. In the Levant, it is known as Falafel next to the name of the country, such as: (Syrian Falafel - Palestinian Falafel - ... etc.), and among the Egyptians it is called the Egyptian Falafel, but in the countries of the south of the Arab world it is called 'Baqiah', so what is the origin of this food? And what are its components? And what are its benefits?
The origin of Falafel is debatable. Some consider the ancient Palestinians to be the first to invent it, and some believe that its original homeland is Lebanon. However, researchers and historians have brought the history of this popular food back to the ancient Egyptians, and after them it moved to the Copts of Egypt and then spread among Muslims and Copts after the Islamic conquest as an authentic and cheap popular food. ... Then it moved north to Syria and Palestine, and chickpeas were introduced as a substitute for beans in its preparation.
What are the ingredients of Falafel?
Falafel is round discs made of ground beans or chickpeas or both, in addition to green coriander, garlic, onions, parsley, and some spices and spices that distinguish their flavor, especially dried coriander and ground pepper.
How to prepare a healthy Falafel?
The traditional method is by frying Falafel in boiling oil after pelleting it with a copper or iron mold. When answering how to prepare a healthy Falafel without harm, it is done by baking it in a preheated oven to 200 degrees, by placing the baking paper in a tray and brushing it with a little oil, then the discs are placed in the tray and inserted into the oven.
What are the benefits of Falafel?
• A good source of dietary fiber that helps you feel full and prevent constipation;
• It contains a variety of important nutrients, including manganese, copper, folate, magnesium, iron, and phosphorous;
• An excellent source of vegetable protein, as proteins are important in building the muscles of the body and controlling appetite better;
• The dietary fiber in chickpeas (a component of Falafel) helps control blood sugar levels by slowing down the absorption of carbohydrates.