N.Y. chefs 30-pound falafel ball believed to be worlds biggest

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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 made of chickpeas and spices was fried in about 10 gallons of oil on May 21 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 World Records.

The effort came less than two weeks after Lebanese chefs created the largest recorded bowl of hummus, four 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 New York’s Salute to Israel parade on May 23. — jta