Shawarma vs. Falafel



A Middle Eastern sandwich-like wrap of shaved lamb, goat, chicken, turkey, beef, or a mixture of these.


(uncountable) A Middle Eastern food in the form of balls made from chickpeas and other ingredients. Often served in a pita.

‘There's a stall at the market that sells fantastic falafel.’;


Shawarma (; Arabic: شاورما‎) is a Levantine Arab dish consisting of meat cut into thin slices, stacked in a cone-like shape, and roasted on a slowly-turning vertical rotisserie or spit. Originally made with lamb, mutton or chicken, today's shawarma may also be turkey, beef, or veal.


(countable) A pita with falafel balls inside (like a sandwich or a wrap).


(countable) A single falafel ball.

‘The stallholder puts salad into an open pita bread, followed by the four falafels, and then liberally covers them with hummus.’;


small croquette of mashed chick peas or fava beans seasoned with sesame seeds



Falafel (; Arabic: فلافل‎, [fæˈlæːfɪl] (listen)) is a deep-fried ball or patty-shaped fritter made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, commonly served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread known as taboon; also frequently refers to a wrapped sandwich that is prepared in this way.


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