Think of these little chickpea fritters as entry-level falafel. Though they're inspired by the Middle Eastern favorite, they're more mildly spiced, which makes them a nice choice for kids and those with sensitive palates. Plus, since they're made with canned chickpeas and aren't deep fried, they're quicker to make, and they won't turn you into a short-order cook.
Prefer more spice? Bump up the quantities of cumin and coriander, and add a dash or two of hot sauce, if you'd like.
Make it a Meal: Take inspiration from falafel sandwiches, and tuck the fritters into a storebought or homemade pita or wrap, along with Israeli salad, a drizzle of sesame tahini, and a little feta sprinkled with za'atar. Or serve them warm from the oven as a snack or cocktail accompaniment, with cool tzatziki yogurt sauce for dipping.
- 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained
- 1/2 small onion, peeled, trimmed, and finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
- 2 scallions, white and light green parts only, chopped (optional)
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 3/4 teaspoons cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon coriander
- 3 to 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley, cilantro, basil, and/or dill (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 400° F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Place the chickpeas, onion, scallions (if using), garlic, cumin, and coriander in the work bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times until the chickpeas are coarsely chopped.
- Add 3 tablespoons of flour and baking soda, and pulse a few times more to combine (take care not to overprocess the mixture -- it should have a bit of texture).
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl, and stir a couple of times to ensure that the ingredients are evenly mixed.
- If the mixture is too wet to form into patties, sprinkle with an additional tablespoon of flour, and mix well. (If it is too dry, add a little olive oil.)
- Lightly grease the baking pan with olive oil. With clean, oiled hands, shape walnut-sized pieces of the chickpea mixture into balls, then flatten slightly.
- Place the chickpea patties on the prepared pan and drizzle with more olive oil.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, carefully turn over, and bake for about 10 minutes more, or until the fritters are firm and golden on both sides. Enjoy!