Chickpea and scallion fritters

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I often like to make a big batch of beans on the weekend and then eat them throughout the week. A few Saturdays ago I found myself staring down the ends of a batch of chickpeas and thinking about what else to do with them. These tasty little fritters were the result. The combination of chickpea and egg make them relatively high in protein, perfect for my current project of boosting protein consumption (>15% of calories is my personal threshold for “high protein”).

A slice of mango makes a great topping for these fritters, if you happen to have one handy. Smearing on a little of that peanut sauce from Monday’s post is good too, if you want something super savory. If you don’t want the flavor of soy sauce in your fritters, simply salt to taste and then add two tablespoons of water to the mix. You can also substitute 1 tbsp of soy sauce with water for a less salty fritter. Also, the batter will keep for 1-2 days if covered and refrigerated.

Chickpea and Scallion Fritters
Makes 8 large or 12 small fritters

Ingredients
1.5 c. chickpeas
2 large eggs
2 tbsp soy sauce (to make the recipe gluten free, you can use a wheat/gluten free soy sauce)
6 scallions, both white and green portions, chopped finely
2 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp oil, for frying

Method
1. Place 1 c. chickpeas, egg, and soy sauce in a food processor and blend for 20-30 seconds, forming a fairly smooth mixture. Add remaining 1/2 c. of chickpeas and pulse 4-5 times, pieces of chickpea should still be visible. Transfer the chickpea mixture to a small mixing bowl and stir in the sesame seeds and scallions.

2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When a small piece of mixture dropped into the pan sizzles, drop 4 large or 6 small spoonfuls of chickpea batter into the pan (use approximately half the batter), pressing to flatten slightly. Cook for 2-33 minutes on each side, until fritters are golden brown. Transfer to a serving plate. Add remaining tbsp of oil to the pan and cook remaining 4 (or 6) fritters in the same manner.

Best eaten immediately.

Nutritional Information (per fritter, assuming 8 fritters and 2 tbsp oil for frying): 124 calories, 6.4 g fat, 12.5 g carbohydrate, 4.8 g protein, 2.8 g fiber

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