Falafel Help- Mostly The Forming of..

Ok. My falafel craving got the best of me. So I followed the Mark Bittman recipe and it was delicious. My problem- forming the darn things so they don't fall apart. Things were going so-so. Tried different ways to get the mixture into the pan. My last batch was fairly successful by squeezing a large tablespoonful of mix, then sliding gently off the spoon into the oil. Not round or elegant but it worked. True- I only used about an inch of oil, shallow, not a super deep fry. Also, I'm thinking they may need to be ground finer before shaping. Please, please, PLEASE share your prep and shaping tips! I would be eternally grateful.

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