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Who knew that falafel mix was so versatile? You can use it to encrust chicken, replace bread crumbs in meatballs or flavor pecans, as in the recipes here from F&W's Grace Parisi. Falafel mixes are made from chickpeas but each brand has its own texture and flavor; some have more spices than others, usually a blend of coriander, garlic, parsley and cayenne. A few brands also include other flours, like potato. F&W tested several varieties and picked our favorites.

Taste-Test Stars

FALAFEL MIX

Casbah All Natural Mix $2 for 10 ounces.

Manischewitz Falafel Mix $3 for 6.4 ounces.

Near East Vegetarian Mix $2 for 6 ounces.