Falafel is a Middle Eastern dish that is particularly popular among vegans and vegetarians. It is made out of deep-fried patties prepared from a mixture of chickpeas (or fava beans), herbs, spices, onion, and dough. Falafel can be eaten on its own, although it’s usually served in a pita pocket, flatbread, or as part of a meze (a collection of appetizers). Despite its popularity and abundance of nutritional components, many people question whether it is a healthy dish.
It’s frequently deep-fried in oil, significantly increasing calorie and fat content.