From Joan Nathan's cookbook, " The Foods of Israel Today". She created this recipe after sampling many different falafels and interviewing the people who made them. You can make an Egyptian version by omitting the cilantro and substituting fava beans for the chickpeas. To make this truly "Israeli-style", garnish with tahina sauce (made from ground sesame seeds), harissa hot sauce, pickled turnip, or sauerkraut. In fact, all types of pickled fruits and vegetables (including regular dill pickles, eggplant, mango) work really well! If you can't find tahina sauce, you can serve with hummus or a yogurt sauce. Chickpeas need to soak overnight, and chickpeas mixture must be refrigerated for a few hours.