N.Y. falafel ball aims to round up record


(JTA) — An Israeli chef at a New York restaurant created what is believed to be the world’s largest falafel ball.

Weighing in at more than 30 pounds, the falafel ball made of chickpeas and spices was fried in about 10 gallons of oil last Friday at the Olympic Pita restaurant, according to NY1 radio. Former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau and an engineer certified the ball for submission to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The effort comes less than two weeks after Lebanese chefs created the largest recorded bowl of hummus, 4 tons, breaking an Israeli record set earlier in the year.

The record-breaking falafel ball attempt was made as part of the festivities leading up to Sunday’s Salute to Israel Parade.

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