Monday, April 16, 2012

Mmm Mmm Monday: Felafel

Lunch today is some homemade felafel.  Mmm mmm mmm!

Felafel is typically deep-fried balls of chickpea and spices, served in a pita, and topped with salad and tahini sauce. Pictured left, these felafel patties were pan-fried. 

While wandering through Israel last October, I saw signs everywhere advertising felafel.  Knowing nothing of the food's history, I simply assumed it was an Israeli treat.  How wrong I was.

This dish, this "mush of legumes" predates most modern countries in the Middle East.  Originally an Arab food, felafel has become a symbol: "The newly arrived Jews needed a cuisine to suit their new identities and surroundings."  The felafel represents their new (old?) home.

But some Arabs are upset by this "culture theft".  They see it not as a relish of local food, but another culture stealing from their cuisine and claiming it as its own. 

Arab or Israeli, felafel is damn good.

Source: NYT

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