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Chickpea Fritters with Sweet-Spicy Sauce

Chickpeas are a common ingredient in many dishes in Pakistan where I grew up. 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 this chickpea recipe in chilled yogurt. —Shahrin Hasan, York, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 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
  • Oil for deep-fat frying

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients; refrigerate until serving.
  • Place the 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 a cast-iron Dutch oven or an electric skillet, heat oil to 375°. Shape rounded tablespoons of bean mixture into balls. Drop a few at a time into hot oil. Fry until golden brown, 2-3 minutes, turning frequently. Drain on paper towels. Serve with sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 fritter with 2 teaspoons sauce: 46 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 156mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • LPHJKitchen
    May 4, 2020

    Definitely a unique recipe! Cooked up great in the air fryer! The spices packed a punch in the fritters. The sauce was very simple and mild. I think next time I will cut back some on the cumin and add a bit more heat in the sauce.