Chickpea Recipes

Chickpea Balls recipe

Preparation Time: 15 minutes | Cooking Time: 15 minutes

These simple herbed chickpea balls are an excellent alternative to meatballs - they taste delicious, are packed full of protein and are very low in fat. Try adding the veggies of your choice to the chickpea mixture.


  • 1 x 400g tin chickpeas, drained
  • 2 slices white bread, crusts removed
  • 50g parmesan, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 egg
  • Small handful freshly chopped basil
  • 1 tbsp. tomato puree
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method of Preparation:

  1. Pulse the chickpeas and white bread in a food processor until combined. Add the chickpeas, garlic, oregano, basil, tomato puree and salt and pepper. Process until combined.

  2. Tip into a bowl, then add enough of the egg to bind the mixture. Shape into small balls. Place onto an oiled baking tin and cook in a 200C oven for 15 minutes, turning halfway through. Serve over pasta with the sauce of your choice.

If you prefer, fry these chickpea balls in oil before simmering them in the sauce of your choice. Recipe serves 4.

Author: Laura Young.

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400gabout 14 oz (14.1092 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)
50gabout 2 oz (1.76365 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)
200C400F / Gas Mark 6


Published: April 15, 2012
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