{meatfree monday} chickpea cakes with cucumber-yogurt sauce

October 7, 2013

in healthy, Main Dishes, Recipes

chickpea cakes with cucumber-yogurt sauce

ha funny story goes along with this meal….

hubby calls me when he is heading home from work….we talk then he asks what’s for dinner…i don’t want to tell him. he doesn’t like chickpeas.

and i know him. he would stop somewhere and get something else to eat if he heard i was making chickpea cakes. but to my defense i figured he may like these for the cucumber-sauce.

soooo…..i made like i had to get off the phone so i wouldn’t have to answer him. total avoidance.

chickpea cakes with cucumber-yogurt sauce

i really wanted to try these….from my week of cooking from The Best of America’s Test Kitchen 2012…thought they would be perfect for a meatfree monday meal.

i also tell my mom what is for dinner and know she would love to try these..

chickpea cakes with cucumber-yogurt sauce

so hubby gets home from work as I am making our plates…and I start laughing and having to tell him what I did. he just thinks i am now the biggest goofball.

why yes. i know i am.

BUT guess who ended up liking this meal the best???


YES hubby did. I didn’t really care for the Indian garam masala spice nor did my mom. hubby loved the spice. said without that he would not have liked.

chickpea cakes with cucumber-yogurt sauce

so dig in friends…these are in my definition healthy…and hubby approved!

chickpea cakes with cucumber-yogurt sauce


  • 1 cup bread crumbs - I used Ian's Panko
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and seeded and shredded
  • salt
  • 1 1/4 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 2 15 oz. cans organic chickpeas, rinsed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Teaspoon garam masala
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • lime wedges


  1. Toss the cucumber with 1/2 tsp. salt in a colander and let drain for 15-30 minutes.
  2. Combine the drained cucumbers, 1/4 cup of the yogurt, and 1 tbsp. of the cilantro in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Pulse the chickpeas in a food processor to a coarse puree with large pieces remaining, about 8 pulses. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, 2 tbsp. of the olive oil, garam masala, cayenne, and 1/8 tsp of salt together. Add the processed chickpeas, breadcrumbs, remaining 1/2 cup yogurt and remaining 3 Tablespoons cilantro until just combined.
  4. Divide the chickpea mixture into 8-10 equal portions and lightly pack into 1-inch thick patties.
  5. Heat olive oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-low heat until shimmering. Carefully lay the patties in the skillet and cook until well browned on both sides 7-8 minutes per side.
  6. Transfer the cakes to a plate.Repeat with the remaining chickpea cakes.
  7. Serve with the cucumber yogurt sauce and lime wedges.

adapted from The Best of America’s Test Kitchen’s 2012

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

jackie @ marin mama cooks October 7, 2013 at 10:20 am

Hey girl! These so remind me of the chickpea burgers that I have on my site, but yours look easier and require less ingredients, so I may have to give them a try. It’s funny but the first time I made up my chickpea burgers I was afraid my hubby would not be into them either, but a funny thing happened. HE LOVED them and requested that we make them for friends that were coming over that weekend instead of the traditional meat based burgers. I think our hubbies will surprise us from time to time and I am also realizing that John is starting to like healthy cooking, like super healthy cooking. I think we’re opening their eyes up to new ingredients and recipes and turning them into foodies. I made a kale pasta last night that my family devoured. That would not have happened 2 years ago! Have a happy week girl! xoxo, Jackie
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anotherbiteplease October 8, 2013 at 11:13 am

we are opening their eyes aren’t we :-) it is so fun to try different recipes and experiment…I need to go check out your recipe.


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