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#1 Old 03-29-2008, 02:28 AM
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Is falafel by default vegan? Or is there a way to make it with dairy or eggs? I ask this because I am planning on going to a restaurant and ordering falafel, and want to make sure it is vegan.

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#2 Old 03-29-2008, 02:49 AM
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it can have eggs added to it... When i was taught the first time in Jordan it was with eggs... after coming back to the US i discovered that majority do not use eggs... but 99.9% of the time it is vegan. Most Arab resturants that serve it make it without eggs. I don't know about those from other cultures though.
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#3 Old 03-29-2008, 06:58 AM
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i live in the middle east for five years and never once saw falafel made with eggs, or anything else non-vegan for that matter. In the US particularly it is not something you need to worry about.


1 cup dried chickpeas or 16 oz. can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans.

1 large onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

3 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped

1 teaspoon coriander

1 teaspoon cumin

2 tablespoons flour



Oil for frying[\\quote]

This is essentially the recipe for EVERY falafel, some families may just add different spices, more or less, or such.

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#4 Old 03-29-2008, 07:14 AM
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Ask the place you are going to if the falafel is vegan. Sometimes it is served with a yogurt sauce. I went to a place that drizzled it over the falafel, so you'll want to ask ahead of time.
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#5 Old 03-29-2008, 07:48 AM
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Wow, I've never heard of falafel made with eggs, and I've eaten a LOT of falafel. It can occasionally have honey in it (it's a Moroccan thing), but mostly I think you just have to be concerned with what they put on top of the falafel.

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#6 Old 03-29-2008, 09:01 AM
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There's a place here that makes it with eggs. So I always ask. But I think other people are right and MOST of the time it is vegan.
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I've never had (as far as I know) Falafel made with egg. I always ask for chilli sauce instead of the yoghurty one
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#8 Old 03-29-2008, 02:23 PM
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I think it was a regional thing with the eggs (or thought they needed protein or something because i use the exact same recipe now minus egg and it is the same)... like i said... i think about 99.9% of the time it is vegan...
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#9 Old 03-30-2008, 09:57 PM
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Tahini sauce is soo good, and I think it's usually served with falafel. It's good with hummus too
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#10 Old 03-31-2008, 09:38 AM
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I saw a new one today: Spinach and Ricotta falafel. WHYYYYYY?!
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