Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Cooking Time: 20 mins
- Makes about 35 small balls 500g dried chickpeas
- 100g flat leaf parsley
- 100g coriander
- 6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- Few glugs olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Few tbsp spelt or gluten-free flour
- Sunflower oil
Soak the chickpeas overnight in salted water. Drain, rinse and then blend in a food processor until they resemble fine ground sawdust. Put them in a bowl and then process the herbs with the olive oil and garlic (which you need to crush first). When it resembles green sludge, mix with the chickpeas. The chickpeas should take on a nice green colour. Season well and add enough spelt flour so that when you make a ball between your fingers, it will just stay together, not as well as small meatballs will, but they should be strong enough to be shaped and then put on a plate, carefully.
Heat up the sunflower oil and cook off a batch of balls at a time, carefully turning them over when they are crisp and golden brown on one side. They don’t take too long to cook. Basically, once they are golden brown on all sides, they are done. Drain on kitchen paper, season with more salt and keep them warm in a low oven while you finish the others off. They are lovely cold, and can be re-heated, but taste best when they are eaten soon after frying.
Food cooked and styled by Domini Kemp and Gillian Fallon