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Jordan hotel creates world's biggest falafel

posted 30 Jul 2012, 06:57 by Mpelembe   [ updated 30 Jul 2012, 06:57 ]

A five star hotel in Amman enters the Guinness Book of Records for creating the world's largest falafel which weighs 74.75kg.

AMMAN, JORDAN (JULY 28, 2012) (REUTERS) - A luxury hotel in Amman smashed the Guinness World Record for the largest falafel on Saturday (July 28).

The record-breaking falafel weighed in at 74.75kg, beating the previous record of 23.95kg.

It was made using 80kg of chickpeas, 5kg of onions, 2kg of fresh parsley and coriander, 1.2kg of garlic, and was deep fried in 350 litres of vegetable oil, according to an official statement from the Landmark hotel which organized the event.

An official from Guinness World Records, Annabel Lawady, was present as the falafel was cooked and officially announced success of the attempt.

"I am happy to announce that the weight of the falafel today is 74.75 kg, this is a new Guinness World Record," she said.

The previous record was established last year at the Santa Clarita Valley Jewish Food and Cultural Festival in California.

"The idea came two months ago. We started having trials and establishing records, each time we succeeded in a record we improved upon it, until we settled on 74 kg," said chef Mohammad Hudeib.

The falafel was served to 600 people during an "iftar" meal, when Muslims break a day of fasting during Ramadan.