Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Beracha on Falafel Balls

The Beracha on Falafel Balls
Day: Sunday
Date: January 17, 2016
Parshat: Bo
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 204

The basic ingredients in falafel balls are ground chick peas, spices, and bread crumbs. Since the ground chick peas are the main ingredient and the other ingredients are only present to improve the taste and consistency, there are some poskim who maintain that the proper beracha when eating them on their own is ha'adamah. However, since due to the added ingredients, the taste and look have both completely changed and the product now has a different name and it has been cooked, the proper beracha is shehakol. Likewise, the beracha on fruit leather is also shehakol since generally other things have been added and the mixture has been cooked, thereby creating a completely new product.

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