First things first, get some nettles. Pretty much anywhere you live in the UK there will nettles near by (probably most of the temperate world) and my top tip for gathering them is to use those yellow washing up gloves. Not very glamorous or rock'n'roll but they do the job and protect wrists as well. The best tasting leaves are those that are newly grown at the top of the plant. You can see these are a brighter green than the rest of the plant.
You will need:
A big bag of nettles (mine weighed in around 100g)
A clove or two of garlic
Salt & Pepper
Plain flour - I used a couple of tablespoons full but I'm low carb so I tried to minimise the amount.
Oil for frying - I used sesame oil.
Also usual kitchen stuff plus a food processor and a wok.
Step 1: Preparing the Ingredients
While they are simmering, you can grind the seeds in a mortar with a pestle and peel and quarter the onion and garlic. Give the onions and garlic a quick buzz in the food processor, then drain the nettles with a sieve and add them with the spices to the onion and garlic. Give the whole lot a good go in the processor 'til they become a paste.
Turn them out in a bowl and mix enough flour in so that you can make them into balls and they'll hold together. We eat low-carb so we're working towards minimal flour - a couple of tablespoons should do.
Step 2: Cook Them!
They are lovely with dips, either hot or cold.
Please comment and let me know what you think!