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Air-Fryer Chickpea Fritters with Sweet-Spicy Sauce

Chickpeas are a common ingredient in many dishes in Pakistan where I grew up. I incorporate the tastes of my home country when cooking for my American-born daughters. I have combined the light spice of Pakistani foods with the love of deep-fried finger foods that many Americans, including my daughters, enjoy. To eat, dip the warm, air-fryer fritters in the chilled yogurt. Enjoy as a snack, appetizer or as part of a meal. —Shahrin Hasan, York, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
  • Makes
    2 dozen (1 cup sauce)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas or garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

Directions

  • Preheat air-fryer to 400°. In a small bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients; refrigerate until serving.
  • Place chickpeas and seasonings in a food processor; process until finely ground. Add egg and baking soda; pulse until blended. Transfer to a bowl; stir in cilantro and green onions.
  • In batches, drop rounded tablespoons of bean mixture onto greased tray in air-fryer basket. Cook until lightly browned, 5-6 minutes. Serve with sauce.

Test Kitchen tip
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, you can make this recipe in a deep fryer, electric skillet or on the stovetop.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 fritter with 2 teaspoons sauce: 34 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 156mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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    • Jennifer
      Sep 15, 2020

      Pleasantly surprised by these little fritters! The recipe calls for an incredible amount of cilantro, I will use less next time. If you aren't a cilantro fan, try them without. They really are a great appetizer and the sauce is so delightful!

    • TanyaVDB
      Apr 2, 2020

      This recipe looks so interesting to me and I would like to make it but I don't have a air fryer. Can they be baked in the oven? How would you do that? thanks