Sesame and mint chickpea pancakes

Serve up Middle Eastern flavours in these chickpea pancakes with a lovely crunchy salad
By Rachel Allen
Sesame and mint chickpea pancakes
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  • Serves: 8
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: easy


For the dressing

  • 50 ml natural yogurt
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp chopped mint
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tomatoes, deseeded and cubed
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled, deseeded and sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced

For the pancakes

  • 1 x 400 g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed, or 125g dried chickpeas, soaked and cooked
  • 2 tsp chopped mint
  • 2 tsp chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 egg
  • 100 g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 lemon, juice only
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

To serve

  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted


1. For the dressing: whisk the yogurt, oil, mint and lemon juice together, season to taste with salt and pepper, then stir in the vegetables and set aside.

2. For the pancakes: place the chickpeas in a food processor, along with the mint, parsley, sesame oil and egg. Whiz for 1'2 minutes to form a rough paste, then add the breadcrumbs, season with salt and pepper, add the lemon juice and pulse a few times until everything comes together.

3. Shape into 6 even-sized pancakes about 6cm wide and 1.5cm thick. Pour the olive oil into a large frying pan on a medium heat. When the oil is hot, add half the pancakes and fry on each side for about 3 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Repeat with the remaining pancakes, adding a little more oil first.

4. Place on individual plates with some salad on the side, then scatter with the toasted sesame seeds.

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