These crispy curried vegan chickpea patties are flavor-packed and ready in under 30 minutes! Made with curry powder, green onions and lots of fresh cilantro, the chickpea patties are delicious topped with a lime aioli and served over coconut rice.
Why You’ll Love These Vegan Chickpea Patties
These chickpea patties or fritters are flavored with Indian-inspired spices and are deliciously crispy! The addition of curry powder, green onions, and fresh cilantro add a bold and aromatic depth of flavor to the patties, elevating them beyond your standard veggie burger or patty. Plus, the crispy texture achieved through pan-frying or baking provides a satisfying crunch with each bite.
Here are a few more reasons we love this recipe and you will too:
- Quick and easy to make: ready in less than 30 minutes, these vegan curry chickpea patties are perfect for lunch or a weeknight dinner.
- Delicious and flavorful: they’re packed with flavor, plant-based protein, and fiber, and can be served in a bun, over coconut rice, or with a salad.
- Versatile: adjust the spice levels and seasoning based on your preference!
Why this Recipe Works
These chickpea fritters are made with simple ingredients that are pantry friendly. Panko breadcrumbs and cornstarch not only provide a crispy texture but also help to hold the patties together.
Both the panko breadcrumbs and cornstarch act as binding agents (or vegan egg substitutes). These two ingredients are essential in creating a sturdy patty that won’t fall apart during cooking.
You only need a handful of ingredients to make these crispy curried vegan chickpea patties. Below are what you’ll need to make them:
- Canned Chickpeas, garbanzo beans
- Panko Breadcrumbs
- Green Onions
- Bell Pepper
- Fresh Cilantro
- Garlic Powder
- Madras Curry Powder, or mild curry powder & cayenne to taste
- Neutral Oil, for frying or baking
For the Vegan Lime Aioli / Sauce
- Dairy-free Plain Yogurt, or sub Vegan Mayo
- Lime Juice
- Salt & Black Pepper
Substitutions & Add Ins
If you don’t have one of the ingredients listed, no worries! Feel free to swap in some of the ingredients listed below.
- Breadcrumbs: regular breadcrumbs or roughly ground old fashioned or quick oats can be used instead of Panko breadcrumbs. You can also use gluten-free breadcrumbs.
- Cornstarch or Cornflour: other starches such as potato starch or tapioca starch can be used instead of cornstarch.
- Lime Juice: this can be swapped for lemon juice.
- Onions: green onions can be swapped for red onion or yellow onion.
- Other Veggies: you can swap the bell pepper for other vegetables, such as grated carrots, sweet potatoes, or zucchini.
- Other Spices: swap out the curry powder for the onion powder, paprika, or even Italian seasoning for different flavor variations.
Here are a few helpful tools to make these patties!
- Potato masher or food processor
- Large skillet or baking sheet
- Parchment paper
🎥 Video tutorial is in the recipe card below!
STEP 1: Mash the drained and rinsed chickpeas in a large bowl with a fork or potato masher. You can also pulse the chickpeas in a food processor until they are roughly mashed.
STEP 2: Add the panko breadcrumbs, cornstarch, green onion, bell pepper, cilantro, salt, garlic powder, and curry powder to the mashed chickpeas. Stir to combine, then add the water.
STEP 3: Mix the ingredients together until well combined and they form a thick dough.
Use your hands to form the mixture into patties, about 3-4 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick.
📌 TIP: to make vegan burgers, form the chickpea dough into larger patties, about 4-5 inches in diameter.
STEP 4: To fry the uncooked patties, pour 2-3 tbsp of cooking oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Make sure there is enough oil to cover the entire bottom of the pan. Add the patties to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until crispy and golden brown.
STEP 5: Place the cooked patties on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb extra oil.
How to bake the chickpea patties:
To bake the patties, preheat the oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Brush olive oil on both sides of the patties.
Bake for 20-25 minutes (or until golden brown), flipping halfway.
These flavorful chickpea patties can be served up in so many ways! You can eat them on their own as a snack, with seasoned rice, with bread or a bun as a burger, or with salads. Top them with fresh herbs and salt and pepper to taste.
⭐️ My favorite way to serve them is over cilantro lime coconut rice, which adds a hint of sweetness that perfectly complements the spicy and savory flavors of the patties (pictured in this post). ⭐️
To take the dish to the next level, top the chickpea patties with a zesty lime aioli (recipe in the card below), which adds a creamy and tangy finish.
You could also make this recipe into curried chickpea veggie burgers! Serve them with vegan burger buns and your favorite toppings. If you don’t have burger buns on hand, you can also serve them with pita bread!
Store the leftover chickpea patties in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. If you make the lime aioli, it can be stored on the chickpea patties for 1-2 days, but it’s best to store it separately (this makes reheating easier).
To reheat the patties, you can microwave them for 1-2 minutes or reheat them on the stovetop with a bit of oil (this method will make them crispy again).
Follow these simple tips for the best results!
- Drain & rinse the chickpeas: use canned chickpeas that have been thoroughly drained and rinsed for the best texture in the patties.
- Adjust the spices & seasonings to taste: feel free to adjust the spice level to your liking by increasing or decreasing the amount of curry powder or adding cayenne powder. If using normal curry powder (not Madras), I recommend adding 1/8-1/4 tsp of cayenne powder to the patties.
- Make sure the oil is hot: let the oil heat up before adding the patties. The oil should bubble immediately when the patties are added to the pan. If the oil isn’t hot enough, the patties will absorb the oil and have a greasy texture. (Overcrowding the frying pan can also cause them to be soggy and not as crispy.)
- Finely mince the veggies: to make sure the patties hold together when cooking, finely mine the green onion, bell pepper and cilantro. Large chunks of veggies can cause the patties to break apart easier.
More Vegan Main Dishes:
- Easy Coconut Curry Sauce with Chickpeas
- Marinated Grilled Tofu Steaks with Cilantro Chimichurri
- Warm Ancient Grain Bowl
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- 2 (15-oz) cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup (85g) of Panko breadcrumbs
- ½ cup (80g) cornstarch
- ½ cup (50g) minced green onion
- ½ cup (70g) minced bell pepper
- ¼ cup (20g) chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp Madras curry powder
- ⅔ cup water
- Neutral Oil, for frying or baking
Garlic Lime Aioli / Sauce
- ¼ cup dairy free plain yogurt, or sub vegan mayo
- 1 tbsp lime or lemon juice
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- Salt & black pepper- to taste
To make the patties:
- Mash the drained and rinsed chickpeas in a large bowl with a fork or potato mashed. You can also pulse the chickpeas in a food processor until they are roughly mashed.
- Add the Panko breadcrumbs, cornstarch, green onion, bell pepper, cilantro, salt, garlic powder, and curry powder to the mashed chickpeas. Stir to combine, then add ⅔ cup of water.
- Mix the ingredients together until well combined and they form a thick dough.
- Use your hands to form the mixture into patties, about 3-4 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick.
- Pour 2-3 tbsp of cooking oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Make sure there is enough oil to cover the entire bottom of the pan.
- Add the patties to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until crispy and golden brown. Place the cooked patties on a paper towel lined plate to absorb extra oil.
- Mix the aioli ingredients together while the patties cook.
- Serve the patties over coconut rice and top with the lime aioli. The patties can also be served in a bun or with a salad.
- Preheat the oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Brush olive oil on both sides of the patties.
- Bake for 20-23 minutes, flipping halfway.
Recipe inspired by Hello Fresh.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 212Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gSodium: 453mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 10g
Nutritional info is an estimate.
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