These vegetarian chickpea fritters have a crispy exterior with a light and fluffy center flavored with fresh chopped herbs. The feta-yogurt dip adds a cooling, creamy brightness. The easy-to-prepare fritter mixture and dip can be made a few hours ahead, leaving only the frying to the last minute if needed. The air-fryer alternative cuts back on oil while still delivering a crispy fritter., November 2021


Credit: Photography / Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling / Ruth Blackburn

Recipe Summary

20 mins
30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine yogurt, feta, lemon juice, honey and 1 teaspoon each dill, chives and garlic in a medium bowl; stir until blended. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  • Place chickpeas in a large bowl and mash with the back of a fork or a potato masher until almost smooth but some chunks remain. Add chickpea flour, tahini, cumin, coriander, egg, salt and the remaining 2 teaspoons each dill and chives and 1 teaspoon garlic; stir until combined.

  • Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Working with half of the chickpea mixture at a time, scoop even tablespoonfuls into the hot skillet; use the back of a spoon dipped in water to press down slightly to flatten into about 2-inch-diameter cakes. Cook, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Repeat with the remaining oil and chickpea mixture. Serve with the yogurt-feta dip; garnish with dill and chives, if desired.

Air Fryer Instructions

With dampened fingers, form the chickpea mixture into 18 (1 1/2- to 2-inch) cakes, placing the cakes on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Lightly coat air-fryer basket and the cakes with cooking spray. Working in batches, place the fritters in a single layer in the basket. Cook at 360°F for 8 to 9 minutes, turning once halfway through. Transfer to a serving platter or plates; serve warm with the yogurt-feta dip.

Nutrition Facts

3 fritters & 2 Tbsp. dip
223 calories; fat 12g; cholesterol 39mg; sodium 289mg; carbohydrates 19g; dietary fiber 4g; protein 10g; sugars 3g; niacin equivalents 1mg; saturated fat 2g; vitamin a iu 161IU; potassium 191mg.