I've only made falafel twice before, both times with good results. The recipe I used called for soaking the chickpeas overnight, then cooking them until soft, mashing them and mixing them with the rest of the ingredients. I tried frying them in cooking spray and baking them in the oven and both times they were very nice.
However, this time, and after much perusing for 'authentic' falafel recipes, I decided to go for what seemed to be the consensus (on this site and others) and I did not cook the chickpeas. I soaked them for about 18 hours, then put them in a food processor with the rest of the ingredients, formed the balls and put them in the oven. What a disaster! Not only did they taste foul (I am still suffering the consequences of the raw chickpea taste in my mouth) but the consistency was awful...hard, dry and nothing like what a falafel should be! Could anyone explain to me where I went wrong and share with me your best foolproof method for making falafel?