Fish Balls with Stew Swiss Chard & Chickpeas

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Ingredients for fish balls: (for 6 servings)
1/2 kg minced or tiny chopped fish (Tilapia, sea bass, mullet, red drum)
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1/2 bunch of parsley leaves, finely chopped
1/2 bunch of mint leaves, finely chopped
1/2 bunch of cilantro leaves, finely chopped
Lemon zest
2 cloves garlic
Salt and pepper
1 egg
1/3 cup bread crumbs
Chili flakes – optional

Ingredients for the stew:

1 cup cooked chickpeas
1 chopped onion1-2 carrots sliced
1 celeriac diced
3-4 garlic cloves sliced
1 Swiss chard
2 lemons
1 glass of white wine – optional
1/4 cup olive oil


  1. Mix all the ingredients and knead well until you obtain a uniform mixture.
  2. Leave the mixture to rest at least half an hour in the fridge.
  3. Prepare the stew: sauté in olive oil the onion, garlic, carrots, celeriac and Swiss chard stalks. Cover and simmer on low flame about 10 min until vegetables tender.
  4. Add the chickpeas with some of their cooking water, the wine and juice from 1 lemon. Cook 2-3 min on high flame.
  5. Form the fish cakes and put carefully in the sauce with part of the Swiss chard leaves.
  6. Cover the fish cakes with sauce almost entirely. Cook covered about 10 min.
  7. Taste and improve seasoning, add the rest of the Swiss chard leaves the second lemon and olive oil.
  8. Serve with rice or bread.
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