The stallholder puts salad into an open pitta bread, followed by the four falafels and then liberally covers them with hummus.
Origin of falafel
- Levantine colloquial Arabic falāfil perhaps from pl. of earlier filfal from Aramaic pilpāl small round thing, peppercorn from palpēl to be round, roll
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Aramaic [script?] (pilpāl, “small round thing, peppercorn”) derived from [script?] (palpēl, “to be round, roll”).