Falafel is one of my favorite Middle Eastern-inspired street food recipes. They are delicious balls of chickpea and garlicky herb goodness that are deep-fried. Dried chickpeas are softened by soaking in water overnight, combined with herbs, garlic, and cumin, and processed to a gritty-smooth consistency. The mixture is then formed into balls or patties and deep-fried for a texture that’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It’s enjoyed as street food or served in wraps and salads with tahini sauce or hummus. They are naturally gluten-free and dairy-free.