Help! Falafel Disaster!

We had a complete falafel melt down the other night. Literally a meltdown and I am not sure what went wrong. I have made the recipe a few times before with no problems. (recipe is listed here in case that helps:

We followed all the directions, (i.e. made sure oil was to 375, didn't over crowd the pot, etc). We went to fry the patties and within a few minutes they had completely fell apart in the oil. Fell apart to the point were it was basically falafel soup and there was nothing to fish out with a spoon except falafel filled oil. Needless to say, we didn't try another batch.

The only changes I made were to use canned instead of dried (and rehydrated) chickpeas, and to chill the balls a few minutes before frying so they wouldn't fall apart. Would these changes have made a difference?

Any insight is appreciated! They are so delicious when they turn out but I am hesitant to try them again.


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