This was my first attempt at making falafel. It was not a complete fail, but not perfect. I used a recipe that calls for soaked dried chickpeas. The mixture did not call for any kind of binder other than baking soda. It was very wet and hard to compact into a ball. I added panko and some flour and it held together. If at first you don’t succeed try try again. I have more chickpeas. I will try another recipe and see what happens!