Recipe: Chickpea Rice Balls

DenaDecember 3, 2013


  • 2 cans chickpeas/garbanzo beans drained & rinsed
  • 1 medium onion, small dice
  • spices of choice (I used: sage, dill, garlic salt, salt, pepper)
  • 2.5 cups cooked rice
  • (extra virgin) olive oil
  • 1 egg (optional)

Mash chickpeas with a blender or a fork. Add chickpeas to a large bowl. Add onion, spices. Pour in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix together with spoon. Slowly mix in rice. Adding an egg at this point is optional. It will help with consistency. To keep this dish vegan you can skip the egg and add some extra olive oil. Knead all ingredients in the bowl with hands. Make sure that everything is mixed together and one, even consistency. Use hands to roll mixture into balls. Balls should be about the size of a golf ball. Place balls on a greased baking sheet. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over balls.

Place balls in oven and bake at 450 degrees for 25 minutes or until balls are crisp and slightly browned.

Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before removing from tray. Serve with your choice of side. I paired ours with homemade creamed spinach/kale. It was delicious.

Bon appetit! Click here to have a look at some of my other recipes. xo

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Comments (4)

  • farzana

    December 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    It looks so delicious & healthy, I am definitely trying it in the weekends :p

  • TJ

    December 3, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Oh yum! This whole meal looks scrumptious!
    xo TJ

  • Lila

    March 16, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    These look absolutely delicious!
    Thanks for joining in with the link-up, so excited to have your lovely recipe on there!

  • Liz @ I Spy Plum Pie

    March 18, 2014 at 1:33 am

    Ooh I love anything with chickpeas so this would definitely be a hit with me! They sound delish!

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