Chickpea Veggie Patties - vegan, nut-free and protein-rich round patties made with colourful vegetables, chickpeas, a blend of spices and fresh herbs.
These unbelievably tasty kid-friendly vegetable patties make healthy kids snack after school or on weekends. One of the easy vegan recipes that kids would love to make and enjoy.
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This simple eggless vegetable patty recipe is a great dish to make with kids. Getting kids to make such healthy food encourages them to try and explore new vegetables and help picky kids naturally develop a liking for vegetables. My daughter was a poor eater when it comes to vegetables and fruits until we made a few interesting dishes such as Carrot Pasta, Bread Pizza, Yogurt fruit Dip.
Even if you are looking for ways to incorporate more hidden vegetables in your child's diet without their involvement in cooking, these vegan patties are the best option to sneak in as many vegetables as possible and get your child to eat healthy food. With heaps of hidden chickpeas and vegetables, you see how kids devour them without any fuss or tantrums as they don't realise what are these made of. Basically, you can use whatever vegetables you have in fridge/freezer or any particular veggie that you want your picky child to eat.
The patties made with wholesome and simple ingredients are healthier and make a best chickpea veggie burger than store-bought burgers. The best way to get kids to make a homemade veggie burger with their choice of vegetables and favorite toppings.
Canned chickpea comes in handy during busy days when you don't have the energy to spend a long time in the kitchen but want to prepare a delicious quick dinner. Chickpea spinach curry, butternut squash chickpea curry and chickpea salad are a few dishes from the blog that is easy to make with simple ingredients.
Potatoes make a good addition and act as a good binder. Boil or steam potatoes until soft and fork-tender, peel the skin and mash with a masher. Combine and cook them along with other vegetables and spices until it blends well.
Zucchini makes a healthy addition. Shred them separately and squeeze out as much moisture as possible before you cook them with other vegetables.
Try to add broccoli. Shred them along with other vegetables and cook until the raw aroma vanishes.
Lemon juice enhances the flavour of patties. Stir in the juice of 1 lemon just before you make these patties.
You may swap dried oregano, basil for mixed Italian herbs.
Fresh mint adds a refreshing flavour and aroma. Add them in a chopper along with other veggies and cook.
Beetroot makes a fabulous addition, it imparts a rich colour and taste to these vegan patties.
Try adding a handful of crushed peanuts or masala peanuts for a crunch.
onion powder and garlic powder add a lovely flavour to the chickpea patty recipe.
I have used olive oil but feel free to use any cooking oil that you have on hand.
How to serve these kid-friendly vegetable patties?
Serve as a healthy snack with yogurt mint sauce, ketchup, carrot dip, cucumber raita, yogurt herb dip or just plain yogurt.
Great way to use it as a mini burger patty. Place each patty between burger buns along with lettuce, tomato slice and a spoonful mayonnaise/ketchup and serve with a glass of smoothie or lassi.
Serve these delicious vegan chickpea patties as an appetiser at your kid's party.
These are one of the healthy kids snacks to pack in a lunchbox along with sweet potato wedges or roasted baby potatoes.
Are these vegan patties freezable?
Yes, they are freezable and one of the great recipes to make ahead of time as a part of weekly meal prep or to save for busy weekdays.
Make a big batch of chickpea veggie patties and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let them cool down to room temperature and then place the baking sheet in the freezer. Once flavorful chickpea patties are completely frozen, wrap them individually in a plastic wrap and store in freezer bags for up to 3 months.
Vegetables: Carrot, cabbage, cauliflower, coriander, corn and green peas. I've used frozen cauliflower, peas, corn and fresh carrot, cabbage. Feel free to use any fresh vegetables.
Chickpeas (garbanzo beans): I've used 400gms canned that yields 240gms beans once drained, discard the liquid and wash beans well with water.
Spices: Red chilli powder, ground cumin, turmeric, Italian mixed herb, salt. Red chilli powder used here is not too hot, but you can substitute it with pepper.
Liquid: Oil to shallow fry these vegan patties.
For coating: flour and water. Coat each patty with flour slurry to get a crisp outer layer.
Place vegetables and chickpeas in a bowl of a food processor, process until vegetables are minced. Do not blend until too smooth and mushy. Ensure vegetables have some texture.
In a deep skillet, heat oil over medium heat and combine minced chickpeas and vegetables, salt, chilli powder and ground cumin. Saute well and cook for 8-10 minutes until the moisture is absorbed and raw aroma vanishes. Keep sauteing the mixture to prevent vegetables from sticking at the bottom of the pan.
Mix in Italian herbs and switch off the heat.
Allow vegetable mixture to cool down to room temperature.
Scoop out a lime size mixture, place it on the palm and gently press with another palm to flatten the ball and make round patties. Place patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Place the baking sheet in the fridge for about 30 minutes. This helps patties to hold their shape and prevents them from disintegrating while frying.
Combine flour and water in a bowl and mix well until you get a smooth lump-free slurry.
Heat oil in a shallow frying pan over medium-low heat.
Dip each patty in a flour slurry and coat all sides and then place them on a pan.
Fry a batch of patties for 3-4 minutes, then flip and fry another side for another 3-4 minutes or until the patties are evenly browned with a nice texture.
Repeat the process until you fry all chickpea veggie patties.
Serve delicious and healthy kids snacks chickpea veggie patties with your child's favourite dip.
You may bake these healthy kid-friendly patties at 180 C for 15 - 20 minutes until the outer layer is crisp and light brown. Flip patties in between to cook another side.
The number of patties you get from the quantities mentioned in the recipe card might vary based on the size of your patties.
You may swap fresh chickpeas for tinned ones. Wash well and soak them overnight. Next day morning discard the water and pressure cook with fresh water until soft.
You may swap fresh vegetables for frozen ones.
The chilli powder used in this recipe is not so HOT but if your child is not used to chilli powder feel free to substitute it with black pepper or curry powder.
These vegan patties keep good for 3-4 days in the fridge if stored in an airtight container.
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Chickpea Veggie Patties
1 Cup = 250ml ; 1 Tablespoon =15ml ; 1 Teaspoon =5ml
- 1.5 tbsp + more Oil for shallow frying
- 1 tin (or) 400 gms Chickpeas (boiled)
- 1.5 cups (or) 188 gms Cabbage roughly chopped
- 1.5 cups (or) 233 gms Carrot 3 medium size, washed, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 cup (or) 175 gms Cauliflower florets frozen
- ⅓ cup (or) 61 gms Green Peas frozen
- ¼ cup (or) 38 gms Corn frozen
- ½ bunch Coriander washed and roughly chopped
- ¼ Teaspoon Turmeric
- ½ Teaspoon Chilli Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Italian mixed herbs
- ½ Teaspoon Ground Cumin
- as required Salt
- 2 Tablespoon Plain Flour (all purpose flour)
- ¼ Cup Water
- Drain liquid completely from canned chickpeas and wash beans with fresh water couple of times.1 tin (or) 400 gms Chickpeas (boiled)
- Thaw frozen vegetables as per instructions on the packet.1 cup (or) 175 gms Cauliflower florets, ⅓ cup (or) 61 gms Green Peas, ¼ cup (or) 38 gms Corn
- Once defrosted, squeeze out water from the vegetables as much as possible.
- Place vegetables and chickpeas in a food processer, process until vegetables are minced. Ensure vegetables have some texture and not too smooth and mushy. Mince vegetables in batches and transfer them into a deep bowl.1.5 cups (or) 188 gms Cabbage, 1.5 cups (or) 233 gms Carrot, ½ bunch Coriander, 1 tin (or) 400 gms Chickpeas (boiled)
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a deep skillet or pan over medium-high heat.1.5 tablespoon + more Oil
- Once the oil is hot, combine minced chickpeas, veggies, salt, chilli powder, ground cumin. saute well and cook for 8-10 minutes until the moisture is absorbed and raw aroma vanishes. Keep stirring the mixture to prevent vegetables from sticking at the bottom of the pan.¼ Teaspoon Turmeric, ½ Teaspoon Chilli Powder, as required Salt, ½ Teaspoon Ground Cumin
- Mix in Italian herbs and switch off the heat.1 Tablespoon Italian mixed herbs
- Allow vegetable mixture to cool down to room temperature.
- Scoop out a lime size mixture, place on palm and gently press with another palm to flatten the ball and make a round patties. smooth out the edges gently and keep them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Place the baking sheet in fridge for about 30 minutes. This helps patties to hold the shape and prevent them from disintigrating while frying.
- Meanwhile, make a flour slurry to coat the patties. Combine flour and water in a small bowl, mix until you get smooth and lump-free slurry. Keep the bowl aside.2 Tablespoon Plain Flour (all purpose flour), ¼ Cup Water
- Heat oil in a shallow pan over medium-low heat.
- Dip each patty in a flour slurry and coat all sides and then place them on a pan.
- Fry a batch of patties for 3-4 minutes, then flip and fry other side for another 3-4 minutes or until patties are evenly browned.
- Repeat the process until you fry all patties.
How to bake chickpea patties?
Preheat the oven to 180C (360F).
Place the uncooked patties on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Brush patties with oil.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes flipping them halfway through for even baking.
Healthy and tasty chickpea veggie burger patties are ready to enjoy!
Hint: It's not necessary to coat patties in the flour slurry.
Tips: baking times varies depending on the type of oven and settings.
The primary reason for patties to fall apart is the consistency of the mixture. Ensure to cook the chickpea mixture until the moisture is completely absorbed. If you are still finding it difficult to keep the patties together, then try adding binding elements such as flax egg, chickpea flour, boiled and mashed potatoes or oats flour.
If using mashed potatoes then mix in the patty mixture along with the rest of the ingredients while cooking. If you chose to use flour or flax egg, add it at the end and stir until well combined.
The second reason for patties to fall apart is their size. Keep the patty size reasonable.
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Could you use aquafaba to help bind them? I'm just not sure how much aquafaba to use.
Hi Sarah, I have no idea as I never tried this recipe with aquafaba. But I imagine aquafaba would alter the consistency and you could find it difficult to shape the patties. Instead, you could try boiled and mashed potatoes or breadcrumbs maybe?
I think you could use a Chia or Flax egg, I would use 2-3 "eggs" for this recipe. So about 2-3 TBsp of the Chia or Flax.
I tried exactly the same quantity of ingredients and the steps but the patties are breaking. They don’t stay together at all despite keeping in fridge for 30 minutes. Is there a fix
Hi, sorry to know the patties didn't turn out as expected. Try adding mashed potatoes or oats/plain flour as a binder to keep patties from falling apart. Hope this helps.
Can I freeze these and then fry the in small batches every week?
Yes, you can freeze uncooked patties. Just ensure to thaw them completely before pan-frying.
Any advice on how to get these to stick together? I love the recipe and the flavour but I just can’t get them to stay as a pattie
I'm so sorry to know Frances. Boiled chickpea act as a binder in this recipe. If it didn't work out then you could add boiled and mashed potatoes/sweet potatoes, breadcrumbs or oats as a binding agent to help patties to hold together. Ensure the patty mixture has as much less moisture as possible to prevent patties from falling apart. Hope these options help you.
My boys 18 months and 3 and a half gobbles these up for supper tonight! We were so pleased to get so many veg in them! We used brócoli instead of cauliflower and no corn. So good. Only con was a bit crumbly and suggestions for that?
I'm so pleased to know that your kids liked these patties. I would suggest adding boiled and mashed potatoes for better binding and helps to solve the problem.
Can I use a blender instead of a food processor?
Yes, you can use it. I would suggest using a pulse option rather than blending to prevent vegetables from getting mashed. Do let me know how it turned out when you get to try it.
If you bake them do you still use the flour slurry or no?
No, flour slurry is not required for baking.
I love this kind of veggie patties. My kids always prefer small patties like this with cup of milk. Loved your video too:)
Healthy and delicious looking patties. It is loaded with proteins and veggies, ideal to serve fussy children.
Such yummy & healthy patties recipe. Your explanation on how to make this popular snack is crisp & detailed. The patties look perfect & mouthwatering.
Delicious and beautiful patties dear! I love your version of chickpea patties! A food processor does most of the work! All those veggies and spices added are sure to make for a super nutritious snack which even kids will love! Awesome share dear!
A healthy and delicious way to include veggies in such snacks to attract kids, which otherwise may be rejected. Great way to feed them...Awesome!!
Ahaaa !!! so healthy and protein-rich patties made using the colorful vegetables, chickpeas along with some spices and herbs.
Love the fact that it is vegan. Such a healthy snack for kids.
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Leave out kids, even big kids would enjoy these wholesome and delicious vegetable patties. Perfect for snacks or as a starter.
Wow that’s an interesting looking chickpea Pattie. Love the variations ideas you gave in the post.
What an awesome idea Geetha to mince all the veggies...have no idea why all this time I spent chopping it super fine! Love the Italian herb flavoring suggestion too, a bit different from the usual Indian flavored patties.
Very nice recipe. A great way to make kids eat healthy snacks. Loved your kid's cute little hands in the video.
Such healthy and delicious patties! I love the hidden veggies in this delicious treat. The kids will love it too
These look so good! I wanted to know when baking them, should I still coat them in the flour slurry?
Lorin, it's not really necessary if you are going to bake patties. But I would suggest brushing them with oil.
These patties look perfect for lunch box. With school back on here thinking about what fits effectively is becoming back to reality and this recipe helps
A healthy and delicious snack of vegetables and chickpea in form of parties sure gonna attract kids towards it and they would happily gobble it up without any complaints.
Lots and lots of veggies with chickpeas, which, especially kids are never going to accept in the shape of sabzi. Such a wonderful way to feed them all in one go. Excellent.