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Chickpea Balls with Tomato Sauce

  • Cooking time30 minutes
  • Prep time40 minutes
  • Servings4 portions
recipe image Chickpea Balls with Tomato Sauce


For the chickpea balls
  • 250 gr. chickpeas, soaked
  • 2 onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 100 gr. stale bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dry mint
  • 1 tablespoon Altis Crete Chania Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • For frying, we will also need
  • 200 ml. Altis Classic Olive Oil
  • 4 tablespoons flour
For the sauce
  • 300 gr. tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon concentrated tomato juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 30 ml Altis Crete Chania Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon hot red pepper
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • Salt


      1. In the multi blender, we mince the chickpeas but not to the point of a pulp, and place them in a bowl.
      2. We mince the onions and garlic, and we add them to the mix together with the cumin, parsley, salt and pepper.
      3. We add the bread, moist and well pressed, and 1 tablespoon olive oil.
      4. We stir well and form the balls; we powder them with the flour and fry them in the hot olive oil.
      5. For the sauce
      6. We grate the tomatoes in the grater, we mix well all the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan, and we boil the sauce until it thickens.
      7. We serve the chickpea balls in a serving plate, pour the sauce over them, and sprinkle them with minced parsley or coriander.
      - We do not boil the chickpeas at all - The hot pepper is optional