Worldly Wednesday – Lamb & Chickpea Balls

This weeks recipe is delicious! The whole family loved it, including Master O – though I did omit the chilli (purely because I had run out!) It is from The Thrifty Kitchen cookbook (which I got from the mini cookbook series) by Suzanne & Kate Gibbs. I’m enjoying this book a lot actually, I’m planning on making the potato, mint & feta rosti; tomato and zucchini bake; red beef & pumpkin stirfry and chicken with garlic purée to name just a few!

Lamb & Chickpea Balls (makes around 30)
¼ cup (60ml) olive oil
1 small brown onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
pinch of ground chilli
400g can chickpeas, drained, rinsed
400g lean lamb mince
1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves

Coriander yoghurt
1 cup (280g) Greek-style yogurt (I used regular natural yoghurt)
1 small cucumber, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander
sea salt & freshly ground black pepper

Preparation method
1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 2 minutes, until soft. Add cumin, coriander and chilli and cook for 2 minutes, until fragrant. Set aside.

2. Place chickpeas in a food processor and process until smooth, then transfer to a large bowl. Combine chickpeas, onion mixture, mince and coriander in a large bowl. Season to taste. Roll level tablespoons into balls.

3. Wipe out the frying pan with paper towel and heat remaining oil over a high heat. Cook meatballs in batches for 6 minutes each, tossibg tgem frequently until browned all over and cooked through. Drain on paper towel.

4. Prepare the coriander yoghurt by combining all ingredients in a small bowl. Season to taste. Serve with lamb and chickpea balls.



  1. Yum, they look so good! I’ll be saving this recipe to try later.

    • They are one of the few things that everyone in this household loves and will eat without fuss. I treasure those foods – enjoy!

  2. They look really good! I love using lamb mince and am looking for different things to do with it. I will try this one out soon. Thanks also for linking up with the weekend cookbook. Hope to see you there next week 🙂

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