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must fava beans be cooked first?[edit]

The article suggests that dried fava beans must be cooked because of health reasons. The falafel will of course be cooked anyway, so I'm assuming that the author meant pre-cooked. But, well, does anyone really do this? And must they? The fava bean falafel recipes I find on the web make no mention of cooking them first, and in truth I imagine it would make for disastrously crumbly falafel if this were attempted. Furthermore the two references given are hardly persuasive. Thoughts anyone? (talk) 20:30, 21 June 2015 (UTC) the beans should NOT be cooked - merely soaked for several hours. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:29, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

About the IPA[edit]

Regarding the dialectal pronunciation IPA in the beginning of the article, which dialect(s) are being referred to? This should be added to the article, as different Arabic varieties have different pronunciations. --KoveytBud (talk) 03:03, 4 July 2017 (UTC)

Continuing falafel war: Arab vs. Middle Eastern[edit]

Discuss. Iran is not an Arab country, yet falafel is eaten there. I'm not convinced it's an exclusively "Arab" food. It started somewhere in the Middle East and spread. Enigmamsg 16:12, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

  • Seems to me it’s like arguing that potatoes are exclusively a Peruvian food Andyjsmith (talk) 20:29, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

You would have to give a reliable source for where it is eaten in Iran. (talk) 23:09, 18 February 2019 (UTC)

It's eaten in the US, too, at this point. I don't think it is historic in Iran. It was brought there by Arab immigration.2605:6000:F510:8F00:8D74:4AD:286:D7BE (talk) 20:48, 31 August 2020 (UTC)


Falafel balls are commonly served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread known as taboon.

In my own opinion, the word "pita" is thoroughly anglicized, and does not warrant italic presentation. I can't think of an alternate word in the whole of the (Canadian) English language for what we commonly call "pita bread". OTOH, this is my all-time first encounter with "taboon". — MaxEnt 21:02, 15 June 2019 (UTC)

The origin of the Egyptian word[edit]

The origin of the variant Egyptian word طعمية ṭaʿmiyya is likely to be derived from [ˈtˤeʕem] ṭeʿem طعم "delicious/nice" (not to be confused with [tˤɑʕm] طعم "flavor"), rather than طعام which is not used in Egyptian Arabic. --Mahmudmasri (talk) 15:23, 19 June 2019 (UTC)

Unlock this page[edit]

I need toy to unlock this page as I try has inaccurate and bias information Reinhearted (talk) 03:37, 2 November 2020 (UTC)

@Reinhearted: If there's specific information you'd like changed, you can explain it here; and if your request is reasonable, then I or another editor can make the change you desire. Tamzin (they/them) | o toki tawa mi. 07:17, 2 November 2020 (UTC)
What is the "inaccurate and bias information"? It would need a reliable source.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 07:38, 2 November 2020 (UTC)

The history says the origins are “unknown” which can be debunked as multiple sources admit the origins of the dish, it also says that the “origins of the dish has lead to fights been Arabs and Jews” which is not necessary to put Reinhearted (talk) 17:45, 2 November 2020 (UTC)

Well, it says "sometimes devolved into political discussions about the relationship between Arabs and Israelis". Which seems accurate if organisations are claiming copyright infringement over a food. But, what are these multiple sources? ProcrastinatingReader (talk) 20:06, 2 November 2020 (UTC)