Chilli, Coriander and Chickpea Patties

by Jacqueline on June 3, 2013

Crushed chickpea, chilli and coriander patties with lemon and warm spices

Chilli, Coriander and Chickpea Patties

It seems like a long time since I have posted an entry on the blog. Maybe I have just being enjoying the sunshine a bit too much of late. The days filled with sun have been few and far between here so I am making the most of it while I can before it retreats back behind the layer of clouds and the rainy season commences.

This week I wanted to make something with chickpeas. I love hummus but other dishes with chickpeas I’ve tried have been rather nondescript. I think it is the texture. The first couple of mouthfuls of whole chickpeas are fine but after that, well, they become rather boring for want of a better word. So I thought if I like hummus, it must be texture related. Apparently it is National Coriander Week  so I decided to use one of my favourite herbs with this dish. The texture of chickpeas is semi crushed so you get part smooth and part crunchy with these patties. The flavour is enhanced with the use of ground coriander, tumeric and cumin to add a Middle Eastern touch to the dish. They are certainly not the prettiest patties, but serve it with green beans dressed in lemon, garlic and olive oil and you have a tasty lunch.

The recipe has been adapted from Delia Online.

Chilli, Coriander and Chickpea Patties

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Makes 12 patties

A nice way of using up a good store cupboard ingredient; chickpeas


  • 1 tin of chickpeas (240g), washed and drained
  • 2 red chillies, finely chopped
  • 20g of fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp of ground coriander
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp of turmeric
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper, de-seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, pressed
  • 3 tbsp of Greek yoghurt
  • 3 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 30g of butter
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • For frying:
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3 tbsp of wholemeal flour
  • 3 tbsp of vegetable oil


  1. Place the butter in a saucepan and fry the onion, green pepper, garlic and chillies until they have softened.
  2. Stir in the turmeric, cumin and ground coriander and continue to cook for a further 30 seconds.
  3. Place the chickpeas into a food processor with the freshly chopped coriander and process until everything has been chopped, but has not yet reached a purée. The chickpeas should still have some of their texture.
  4. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the softened onion, pepper, spices, Greek yoghurt and the lemon juice. Give it a good mix, taste, and add plenty of seasoning.
  5. Shape 12 patties out of the mixture. They should be about 2 inches wide and ½ inch thick.
  6. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes so that the patties firm up and are easier to coat.
  7. Hold firmly and coat each one first with beaten egg then sprinkle with wholemeal flour.
  8. Heat the oil in a frying pan on a high heat and when it's really hot, fry the patties in three batches to a golden brown colour, about 1 minute on each side.
  9. Drain well on kitchen paper and serve with parboiled green beans sautéed in olive oil, garlic and lemon juice.


For best results put the patties in the fridge so that they hold firm when coating with egg and flour.

An alternative use for chickpeas that does not include hummus

National Coriander Week

How do you like your chickpeas? I’d love to know in the comments below!

I’m adding this to the Herbs on a Saturday challenge hosted by the lovely Karen over at Lavender and Lovage

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kellie@foodtoglow June 3, 2013 at 7:52 am

I have to be so careful with chickpeas, peeling them!, that often don’t bother with them. But I do make lots of beany things and this looks fab. I love coriander and chilli in pretty much anything and may have to try this with borlotti beans, if that’s okay x Good to know you are having fun in the sun.


2 Jacqueline June 3, 2013 at 8:01 am

Oh yes, it could even be better with borlotti beans Kellie :-) Super idea! I remember you saying that chickpeas don’t agree with you. I admire your patience in peeling them. Not quite sure I could muster up the motivation :-)


3 Mich Piece of Cake June 3, 2013 at 8:13 am

I would love to try this recipe. I’m getting my family onto a healthier diet and this looks like a great recipe for that.


4 Jacqueline June 3, 2013 at 9:54 am

I’m trying to incorporate more vegetarian based meals in our diet despite my husband’s protests. Fortunately, he quite likes chickpeas. Winning :-)


5 Camilla @FabFood4All June 3, 2013 at 8:56 am

Yum. I love chickpeas but agree they do need to be given a kick of flavour. This combination of garlic, spices, lemon juice and fresh coriander is a match made in heaven, so another dish to put on the to do list for sure:-) And yes I have missed your recipes!


6 Jacqueline June 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

Ah, bless you Camilla. A very kind comment indeed :-)


7 Katharine June 3, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I love how you always know what special ‘week’ it is, I’d better go and buy some coriander! I actually really like chickpeas but GL does find them a bit boring so your fresh, spicy patties would be perfect.


8 Jacqueline June 4, 2013 at 2:08 am

I try to “celebrate” designated weeks – the ones that work for me. Although there are a fair few of them out there. I probably couldn’t keep up with most of them :-)


9 Janice June 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm

These look great. I don’t get bored of chickpeas, but always looking for a new way to use them.


10 Jacqueline June 4, 2013 at 2:08 am

Thanks Janice – hope these make it onto your list!


11 Sarah June 3, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Sounds like a perfect early summer dish. The coriander is just starting to grow well in the garden, so there should be some to pick in honour of National Coriander Week – although I must admit that if I hadn’t read your blog the event would have passed me by!


12 Jacqueline June 4, 2013 at 2:09 am

Fabulous! How lucky are you to have your own coriander Sarah :-)


13 Caroline Taylor June 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I know I would love these, nice fresh flavours and a bit of zing too!


14 Jacqueline June 4, 2013 at 2:10 am

I think chickpea patties need strong flavours just to make them more appetising!


15 Maggie June 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I feel extra healthy just looking at both the image and the recipe. A fabulous summer meal, I love the ingredient list……and can taste them now.


16 Jacqueline June 6, 2013 at 2:44 am

Thanks Maggie. I think the spices do help bring a bit more oomph to the chickpea patties!


17 laura@howtocookgoodfood June 5, 2013 at 10:07 pm

I do eat loads of chickpeas, mostly when I want to ease of the meat but want something filling. chickpeas often feature in curries for me and yes, the more spices, the better. Coriander is perfect here and I would love these for a picnic!


18 Jacqueline June 6, 2013 at 2:45 am

I should probably try them in curries. I trust your judgement Laura :-)


19 Katerina June 6, 2013 at 11:18 am

This is a great way to have little children eat chickpeas! Delicious patties!


20 Jacqueline June 7, 2013 at 5:15 am

Thanks Katerina – I never thought of that but I suspect you are right :-)


21 Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness June 7, 2013 at 2:22 am

This sounds like a healthy and delicious recipe.


22 Jacqueline June 7, 2013 at 5:15 am

Thanks Dawn!


23 lisaiscooking June 11, 2013 at 3:53 pm

What a great way to use chickpeas! These patties sound so good with the spices and chiles. I love cooking with chickpeas in all kinds of ways. One of my favorite dishes with them includes greens and halloumi.


24 Jacqueline June 13, 2013 at 6:29 am

Sounds intriguing Lisa. Shall have to look at our blog for the recipe!


25 Karen June 13, 2013 at 8:56 am

BEAUTIFUL photos and a fabulous recipe thanks Jacqueline! I am sorry for the broken link, I didn’t see you tweet as I was not on-line much yesterday, but I have added you entry myself now and the link is back up working! Karen


26 Jacqueline June 13, 2013 at 10:08 am

Thanks Karen! Glad the link has reappeared ;-)


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