Moroccan Meatballs with Chickpeas

December 7th, 2009


Firstly, I’d like to thank Rilsta from My Food Trail for the lovely Jamie Oliver Flavour Shaker I received from her 100th post competition! I was very happy to hear I had finally won something, especially something food related. Although this recipe does not use the flavour shaker, I have a few recipes I think could make good use of this and will hopefully be able to make and post them in the new year. Please visit Rilsta’s food blog, it has a great reviews of places to eat around Melbourne and some lovely recipes too! Thanks again Rilsta.


Now onto the dish – the aromas coming from the kitchen when these meatballs were cooking in the oven could tempt any passer-by.


I loved that the base of this dish was with chickpeas too. I was trying to find something other than potatoes, rice or pasta to serve with meatballs – and the chickpeas were very complementary.

Moroccan Meatballs with Chickpeas

Recipe from Cuisine

Makes 16 to 18 meatballs, Serves 4

2 thick slices white bread, crusts removed
100ml milk
500g lean minced lamb
1 small onion, grated
2 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves
2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, halved and finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 x 400g canned tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup water
400g canned chickpeas, drained
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 200C. Soak the bread in milk for five minutes then squeeze out excess milk. Mix the bread with the meat in a bowl. Add the onion, parsley, coriander, cumin, cinnamon and salt and knead it with your hands until well mixed. Roll the meat into golf ball-sized balls, place on a lightly oiled baking tray and bake for 15 minutes until lightly browned.



To make the sauce, heat oil in a frypan and cook onion for five minutes. Add garlic, tomatoes and their juices, tomato paste, water and bring to the boil. Add chickpeas, parsley, coriander, cumin, paprika, ginger and salt, stirring, and simmer for 15 minutes. Add meatballs and simmer for 10 minutes until the sauce thickens.

Serve with a dollop of natural yoghurt, if desired.




  1. Ooh so clever! They look like regular meatballs but I like how mcuh healthier they are using chickpeas! 😀

  2. Congrats! Looks like a great kitchen tool! And the meatballs looks so delicious. I love the spices in this recipe. Smoky, sweet and delicious!

  3. Rilsta says:

    Aww, thanks for the mention Anita! 🙂

    Great recipe! I never thought of baking meatballs – I always fry them! And I never thought of soaking the bread in milk first. I normally just crumb them and add the dried crumbs!

  4. Simon says:

    This looks real nice. Very much love the “meatiness” of chickpeas so I could imagine how well these went with the rest of the dish 🙂

  5. Juliana says:

    Oh! These meatballs look yummie, like that you baked them…great sauce to go with it 🙂

  6. Katherine says:

    The meatballs looks hearty and delicious. The chickpeas would have added so much texture to the dish. Everyone is on the meatball bandwagon. I love meatballs.

  7. That’s exciting to win a giveaway! I like the idea of serving the meatballs with chickpeas.

  8. Barbara says:

    Really unusual recipe! Lamb meatballs in a chickpea sauce! I love it. Can’t wait to try it.

  9. Those are great-looking meatballs! I love that you made them such a uniform size (mine are usually all over the place).

  10. MaryMoh says:

    Congrats on the win. I heard a lot about the delicacy of Moroccan food. You have proven it. The meatballs look so delicious.

  11. Nisha says:

    Thanks for a great recipe! Made these the other night to rave reviews from the hubby. I couldnt find any lamb mince so used beef instead, still delicious! Served it on a bed of coucous studded with sultanas and slivered almonds.

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