Falafel

Falafel

Softened chickpeas are mashed into crumbly bits, and fragrant medley of parsley, cilantro, and scallions are incorporated as a moist green mixture. By hand, a mince of garlic cloves, cumin, and coriander combine with a puff of white flour, and quick movements of the wrist bind the ingredients together. Rolled balls of the falafel ingredients pressed between palms, collected and set to cook. Deep fried or oven-baked, piles of falafel sit plated on the table, crackling-warm.

The patties break apart in the mouth at first bite, the crisp outer shell encompassing a soft inner center, aromatic in experience. On the table, they are joined by a family of ingredients: the fresh tang of tabbouleh, the comfortable presence of baba ghanouj, the bite of garlicky tahini and strength of hummus, the soft warmth of rice and lentils, the soft folds of torn pita.

In Scarborough restaurants, these common ingredients become foods to bond over: as small fritters shared with a side of garlicky tahini, a cold drink, and conversation; or as a vegetarian and halal option to the shawarma and kebab favourites. Here, the simplicity of chickpeas worked by adept hands into a mince and prepared in family and restaurant kitchens is a testament to a labour that has been passed along through generations.

Falafel

There are a great many ways to make this dish; the video above is simply one version. If you search YouTube, you may find several from which to choose.

Restaurants with falafel

Al Tanoor
place 1993 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 647.341.6000
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 12:00:00 to 23:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.00
Altayeb Kabab
place 1801 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.901.6631
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 23:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.10
Amazing Shawarma
place 2928 Eglinton Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.431.9090
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 22:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.10
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Armenian Kitchen
place 1646 Victoria Park Ave, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.757.7722
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 23:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.40
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Family Shawarma & Falafel
place 3121 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.496.8010
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 23:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.20
Habibiz Restaurant & Cafe
place 1939 Kennedy Rd, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 647.268.4342
star_rate Rating: 3.40
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Ibrahim BBQ
place 1967 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.615.1010
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to Wednesday 05:00:00
star_rate Rating: 3.80
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Johnny's Shawarma
place 1904 Kennedy Rd, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.298.7917
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 10:00:00 to 23:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.40
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Naan and Kabob
place 1801 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.285.8191
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:30:00 to 23:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.20
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Nasib's
place 1867 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.285.7223
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 10:00:00 to 21:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.60
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Ruby's Mediterranean Cuisine
place Eglinton Square Shopping Centre, 1 Eglinton Square, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.840.0020
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 10:00:00 to 21:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.50
Shawarma Boss
place 1921 Eglinton Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.750.2277
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 22:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.30
Shawarma Empire
place 1823 Lawrence Avenue E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.285.1337
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 21:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.50
Tasty Shawarma
place 2993 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 647.435.3815
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 23:20:00
star_rate Rating: 4.20
Villa Medina
place 300 Borough Dr, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.279.1221
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 10:00:00 to 21:00:00
star_rate Rating: 2.60
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