3 tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste, from major supermarkets)
Juice of 1 lemon
200g dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
1 level tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 garlic cloves
1 onion, finely diced
Bunch of fresh coriander, roughly chopped, plus extra to garnish
Vegetable oil, for frying
8-12 pitta breads, warmed and split, to serve
(sh)For the pickle salad
2 small carrots, grated
1/2 small red cabbage, finely sliced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp salt
3 pickled chillies, roughly sliced
3 gherkins, roughly sliced
1. Make the pickle salad. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
2. Make the dressing. Combine the tahini, half the lemon juice and 50ml water in a bowl. Whisk until smooth, adding a dash of water if it’s too thick. Season and set aside.
3. Drain the chickpeas well, then blitz in a food processor to fine crumbs. Add the remaining lemon juice, baking powder, salt, garlic, onion and coriander and blitz again to a pale green purée. Using your hands, shape into 24 small patties.
4. Half-fill a large, deep heavy-based saucepan with vegetable oil. Heat until a bread cube turns golden in 1 minute. Fry the fritters, in batches, for 3 minutes, turning once, until golden. Drain on kitchen paper.
5. Divide the fritters and salad between the pittas and drizzle with the dressing to serve.
- Wine note: This can take a rich white, so try a Chilean Chardonnay.