Falafel in the Past and Now

What’s the story behind 57Cals?

Every delectable golden falafel ball is 57 calories. Calories are energy, and they represent the essence of what 57 Cals is: a ball of energy ready to take your taste buds by storm. 57Cals is the only new concept fast food restaurant in Laval and area that takes the falafel eating experience to another level using fresh and exciting ingredient blends. 57Cals takes the falafel back to its original roots when it was made with fava beans, but by adding an interesting twist to every dish created. From Mexican spices to Indian flavours, every bite of a 57Cals falafel takes you to another place and makes you live a new experience.

History of Falafel / Phal el Phel

Falafel is a deep fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both and spices. The iconic Falafel story: Falafel dates back to 1000 years ago and originates from Egypt. Originally made from fava beans, its roots can be traced right back to the Christian Copts of Egypt who were forbidden from eating meat during certain holidays and came up with a falafel-like alternative. As the origin of the name, a Coptic origin has recently been proposed through the phrase “pha la phel,” meaning “of many beans.” Falafel is a common dish eaten throughout the Middle East. It’s the fish and chips of the Mediterranean and the tapas of the Middle East. The fritters are now found around the world as a replacement for meat and as a form of street food. As the popular snack spread throughout the region, the early version of beans has changed in certain places to chick peas. As time passed, the falafel slowly integrated itself as a mainstay of the Middle Eastern diet, until it reached its iconic status of recent times.

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