Spicy Chickpea Fritters

"This recipe is a the product of a trial and error development of my own. Middle Eastern food like falafel is the inspiration. I hope you enjoy them. They can be served cold with salad or warm with stir-fry vegetables. Also good served on their own as a snack or dipped in your favourite sauce. To add your own personal touch you could experiment with your favourite herb & spice blends. Freezes well for three months. Preparation time excludes time used to soak chickpeas. If desired you can omit the 150 g water and the bouillon granules or powder and replace with 150 ml stock liquid. Italian herbs are a blend of marjoram, basil, red bell peppers, oregano, rosemary, parsley and thyme."
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12 large fritters




  • Wash chickpeas and pick over to remove foreign matter and discoloured chickpeas.
  • Soak chickpeas in water for at least 4 hours (or overnight if possible).
  • Place all dry ingredients in a large mortar & pestle and grind until well blended.
  • Add fresh herbs to mortar and grind well.
  • Add tomato paste and oil to mortar and mix well.
  • Wash and drain chickpeas and place in food processor with onions and 150mls of cold water (or stock). Blend until well crushed but not to a paste.
  • Add herb and spice mixture to processor and blend with chickpea mixture.
  • Transfer chickpea mixture to a bowl and add eggs and grated parmesan cheese and mix well (beat eggs lightly before mixing through).
  • Add flour and mix through until the mixture is thick but can still fall off the spoon (slightly runny). Then stand for about 30 minutes so flavours blend together.
  • Spray frying pan with cooking oil and heat to medium heat.
  • Place dollops of the mixture into the frying pan and cook both sides until golden, turning once only. (Cook in batches ensuring pan is wiped and re oiled between batches).
  • For vegetarian use vegetable bouillon only or a vegetarian fake chicken flavor only.

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Hi all I live in Qld Australia, I am married and have two biological sons and three step daughters who, each have partners. I have nine grandchildren. I am not a professional chef but I consider myself a creative cook and as you can see I have plenty of apetites to practice on. By the way, the photo is a flower from my little grand-daughter's garden.
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