2 ½ lbs. (1 kg) dry chickpeas, soaked in the fridge for 1.5 days, drained and dried
Cloves from 1 large garlic head
2 onions, peeled and cut into quarters
1 bunch cilantro
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tbsp. salt
1 tbsp. ground cumin
1 tbsp. paprika
1 tbsp. spicy paprika
Freshly ground black pepper
Oil for deep-frying
1. In meat grinder or food processor, grind chickpeas, garlic, onions and cilantro. Add baking soda and mix well.
2. Heat oil in wide saucepan to medium heat.
3. Make walnut-sized balls and fry in oil until golden brown. Place on paper towels.
4. Serve with pita bread, hummus or tahini.