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Spicy onion chickpea balls in a warm pitta

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  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 300g chickpea's drained from a can (or soaked overnight)
  • 100g fava beans (broad beans)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground corriander
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon dried herbs


servings 12
Level of difficulty Easy
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 5mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Blend the chickpea's, beans and garlic until a fine paste is formed, slice the onion finely and mix this along with the dried herbs and spices, add the egg and mix before moulding balls with your hands

Step 2

Fry gently until golden brown all over, remove from the oil and toss in salt pepper and a little extra paprika before laying to rest on kitchen roll

Step 3

Serve in a warm pitta with your choice of salad and vegetables


For those who aren't vegetarian try adding a rasher of bacon to the pitta, or even vegetarian bacon for a little extra crunch.

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