Indian-Spiced Vegetable Cakes with Chickpeas Recipe


Mint Yogurt Sauce-

  • 1/2 cup greek yogurtplain non-fat, or plain nondairy yogurt (soy, rice, coconut)
  • 1 tablespoon mint leavesthinly sliced fresh
  • 1 tablespoon green onionsthinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepperfreshly ground

Vegetable Cakes-

  • 15 ounces chickpeas(1 can), garbanzo beans
  • 1 cup zucchinigrated
  • 1/2 cup carrotsgrated
  • 1/2 cup green peascooked
  • 3 cloves garlicminced (2 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseedground
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmericground
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepperfreshly ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili pepperground (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oilghee or grape seed oil


Mint Yogurt Sauce-

  1. In a small bowl combine yogurt, mint leaves, green onions, salt, and pepper. Taste and season as desired. Refrigerate if not serving immediately.

Vegetable Cakes-

  1. In a food processor or blender, pulse chickpeas until a rough puree is formed, about 30 seconds scraping down as needed.
  2. You do not want it to be completely smooth puree it should look mashed with some smaller pieces of beans. This will give the fritters some texture.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl combine ground chickpeas, zucchini, carrots, peas, garlic, oat flour, flaxseed, turmeric, curry, salt, pepper and chili pepper.
  4. Measure out 3 tablespoons of the mixture and form a ball with your hands, the mixture should stick together as you press together and form it.
  5. Press down into a ½ -inch thick patty, about 2 ½ to 2 ¾ wide. This should yield 8 cakes. Place onto a sheet pan as you make each cake.
  6. Heat a large saute or cast iron pan over medium heat.
  7.  Add 1 tablespoon of oil and allow to heat.
  8. Add half of the cakes and cook for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown and crispy on the surface.
  9. If your pan is large enough, you can cook all 8 at the same time.
  10. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel.
  11. If needed, add another 1 tablespoon of oil and allow to heat.
  12. Cook the rest of the cakes as directed above.
  13. Serve vegetable cakes immediately while still warm with mint yogurt sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 160                        Calories from Fat 54
                                                         % Daily Value*
Fat 6g                                                              9%
Saturated Fat 1g                                          5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 1mg                                          0%
Sodium 420mg                                          18%
Potassium 202mg                                      6%
Carbohydrates 23g                                     8% 
Fiber 4g                                                         16%
Sugar 4g                                                          4%
Protein 7g                                                     14%
Vitamin A 2900IU                                     58%
Vitamin C 13.2mg                                      16%
Calcium 40mg                                              4%
Iron 1.3mg                                                      7%

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