Star of the Show Ingredient: Chickpeas are a fantastic source of vegetarian protein as well as being a great source of fibre. They are also nutritionally very dense containing iron, phosphate, zinc, vitamin K, manganese and choline.
Ingredients: (Makes about 30 balls)
1lb dried chickpeas ( don't use tinned as the mixture will be too mushy)
1 small red onion, chopped
1/4 cup coriander/flat leaf parsley, chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tsp gram/chickpea flour
2 tsp salt
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp hot paprika/cayenne pepper
1tsp baking soda
Coconut/Avocado Oil for Frying
1. Place chickpeas in a bowl and soak in water for at least 12 hours. This should yield about 4-5 cups of chickpeas).
2. After soaking, drain and rinse chickpeas
3. Place the chickpeas in a food processor with the other ingredients, except the baking soda and pulse until it is a rough, coarse texture, a bit like cous cous. (Due to the quantity you may wish to do this in a couple of batches)
4. Pour into a bowl and sift out any large chickpeas
5. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour
6. Add the baking soda with a little bit of water to mix and add into the mixture.
7. Using your hands shape into little balls about the size of a ping pong ball
8. Using a frying pan, shallow fry the balls in batches for about 2 mins per side so they are a lovely golden colour
9. Serve warm with some tzatziki or humous as part of a lunch or for a dinner party nibble. These also refrigerate well so are great for lunches or packed lunches for the week ahead.
TNT Top Tip: Serve with a sprinkle of lemon juice to absorb the iron