Curry Chickpea Patties

Since I’m currently on my way to Florida, I have one of my best blends turned real-life friend here today to share a delicious recipe with y’all today. Katie does a great job at introducing our relationship (and our shared love of wine, haha!) below, so I’m going to let her steal the show. Thanks for filling in today, Katie!

I’m Katie, the blonde behind Blonde Ambition, where I share my attempts to find a healthy balance as a busy twenty-something who loves running as much as she loves wine and Nutella!

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Run a half marathon? Yeah right. Oh, you get a free beer at the end? SURE, I’m in!

You may recognize me from one of Becky’s many Blend meet ups – after months of stalking reading each other’s blogs, we finally met in Park City last year at Blend Retreat! She’s since come out to Northern California:

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(You may also recall the splitting a bottle of wine at dinner after a day of wine tasting in Napa incident. Poor Carly and Sarah had to deal with our less than stellar-feeling selves the next day! ;) )

And I made it out to Chicago!

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Needless to say, we’ve had some fun adventures together. And I have to tell you guys, Becky is 100% as fabulous in person as you’d expect her to be from her fabulous blog! I’m so glad we found each other, and I’m happy she asked me to provide a guest post while she’s away!

I decided to create a recipe for Becky and started thinking about what my dream recipe would be. As someone who works out regularly and prefers to eat clean and healthy, I decided it would be vegetarian, packed with protein, and more or less healthy.

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(Wine is always necessary while cooking, am I right??)

However, I don’t know about you guys, but the biggest requirement for most of the meals that come out of my kitchen is that they’re something I can prepare ahead of time and eat throughout the week. I am a working girl on a serious budget, so I unfortunately don’t have the money (or time!) to eat out every day for lunch.

Becky is a rockstar with her weekly meal planning, and I’ve created a recipe that not only fulfills all of my requirements, but is delicious too! It needs to be on her (and your) meal plan this week!

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Enter: curry chickpea patties!

Though I made these curry flavored (Yes Becky, I know you love curry ;) ), chickpeas are great because they take on whatever flavor you decide to add. I’m just especially lucky that my roommate stocked our kitchen with some delicious Indian spices:

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These patties are a breeze to whip up, especially if you have a food processor (and even if you don’t!), and they are perfect for a healthy lunch option throughout the week. You can even double the recipe and freeze half for emergencies…AKA those days you realize you have nothing but cheese, peanut butter, and a bag of wilted lettuce in your fridge. Or is that just me? #bachelorettelifeproblems

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Onions, garlic, ginger, and scallions = possibly the best smelling mixture to come out of my kitchen in weeks!

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Is it just me, or is mashing and mixing ingredients totally therapeutic?

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Dinner is served! But I’m most excited for leftovers for lunch. ;-)

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Curry Chickpea Patties

Makes 6 patties

1/4 cup onion
4 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon ginger
2 stalks scallions/green onion (about 1/4 cup)
1 can (1 3/4 cups) chickpeas AKA garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
3 tablespoons coconut milk
1/2 tsp garam masala or curry powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
salt & pepper, to taste
1 egg
1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
~2 tbsp oil for frying- I used coconut oil

In a small food processor, combine onion, garlic, ginger and scallions until coarsely chopped. See photo above. If you don’t have a food processor, use a knife to finely mince them. Heat ½-1 tsp oil in a pan, then add your delicious smelling ingredients. Cook at medium heat for about 5 minutes.

While that’s cooking, add chickpeas, 3 tablespoons of coconut milk, and all your spices and seasonings to the food processor and pulse until the chickpeas are about the same chunky consistency that your onion/garlic/ginger mixture was. Be careful not to over-process or it’ll start to become hummus! If you don’t have a food processor, you can mash the beans with a fork or potato masher.

Remove from food processor and use a spatula to incorporate the onion/garlic/ginger mixture, as well as the remaining ingredients: an egg and panko breadcrumbs. The mixture will be pretty wet, but if you want it to be less so, add more breadcrumbs. Using your hands, shape the mixture into about 6 patties of equal size.

Heat more oil in your pan over medium heat. I used a little less than a tablespoon of oil for each batch of 3 patties. Carefully place patties in the pan, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Use a spatula to flatten the patties (it will help to hold them together!), then let cook for about 3-4 minutes, until slightly brown. Flip, flatten again if needed, and cook for another 3 minutes. Remove and place on a paper towel-lined plate, then repeat till you’ve cooked all the patties.

Patties will keep in the fridge for several days, or you can wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze them!

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Thanks again, Katie! I can’t wait to see you in Utah in a few, short weeks :)

And, for the record, these are most definitely going on my meal plan next week when I’m back in Chicago!

What is your favorite Meatless Monday meal? It’s hard for me to choose! I love vegetarian chili and stir fry, but theses patties might be going on my list next.

More importantly, do you want to join in on the wine fun with Katie and I the next time we meet up? C’mon, you know we put the wine in fun… ;)

Comments

  1. Yum! I am a huge fan of all chickpea patties and can’t wait to try this new spin on it.
    Runnergirleats recently posted…That time I was attacked by a coyoteMy Profile

  2. Whoa! I can smell and taste these little gems just reading the post. I love all-things curry :) Thanks for sharing!
    Jaclyn @ BumpSweat recently posted…Motivation Monday: Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfasts Made EasyMy Profile

  3. Curry and chickpeas go together so well! These are going on my meal plan too.
    Laura Dembowski recently posted…Golden Oreo Rice Krispies Treats #SundaySupperMy Profile

  4. YUMM!!! Those chickpea patties look amazing! LOVE curry.
    Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio recently posted…Grocery Shopping These DaysMy Profile

  5. These look so good!! I am definitely going to add them to my Meatless Monday repertoire as well!
    Amy @ Long Drive Journey recently posted…The Elephant in the RoomMy Profile

  6. YUM! I’ve got a can of chickpeas in the cabinet and I think I just found how I’ll be using them! ;)
    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More recently posted…Weekend SoundtrackMy Profile

  7. These look great, Katie! I have a chickpea cilantro burger on my blog that you might really enjoy, too. I love curry, so I’m definitely going to need to try these asap.
    Kelli h (made in sonoma) recently posted…GF Peanut Butter CookiesMy Profile

  8. I’ve actually made chickpea burgers before with tahini sauce and they are yum! Tonight I’m making black bean burgers. I would definitely meet up with you guys in Chi town sometime!
    MegaN @ the skinny-life recently posted…Choosing Your Next RaceMy Profile

  9. HAHAHA “we put the wine in fun”… That’s one way of looking at it ;) Have a safe trip girlie, thanks for letting me fill in for you!
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition recently posted…Five Word Friday: Life LatelyMy Profile

  10. Yum, yum!! I LOVE making veggie patties out of chickpeas! I LOVE the addition of curry :)
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl recently posted…Weekend Wrap-Up + What’s In My Grocery Bag #2 (Whole Foods) + Weekly Meal PlanMy Profile

  11. These look delicious! I normally can’t get my bf onboard with eating chickpeas, but these look like a great makeahead lunch for me (and he can deal with his own lunch!). Plus I looooove curry, mmm.
    Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies recently posted…Chocolate and Hazelnut Banana Breakfast CakeMy Profile

  12. Today for meatless monday I am going to make a tofu scramble topped with some homemade spaghetti sauce!
    Hilary recently posted…Yoga+Creativity and a GiveawayMy Profile

  13. Katie, these look amazing. You’re the Meatless Monday queen. I love & miss my Becky and Katie!
    carly @ snack therapy recently posted…DirectionMy Profile

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