I bet you don’t realize how easy it is to make falafel at home. First step: buy dried chickpeas. Of all the dried beans you may have on hand, chickpeas probably aren’t at the top of the list (but that might change after you try this recipe). For most chickpea recipes, I would never dream of cooking them when it is so easy to pop open a can. For this recipe, however, canned chickpeas would turn an otherwise light falafel into one that is dense and gummy (check out this Serious Eats article to learn more).