Chickpea nuggets featuring smashed chickpeas combined with oat flour and spices to create high protein snacks. Dunked in your favorite dip, this finger food is crispy, delicious and spiced in all the right ways. Perfect finger food idea for any day of the week!
How about reimagining your favorite chicken nuggets with the addition of a high protein vegetarian alternative? Although there are umpteen ways to make vegetarian nuggets, my most favorite version comes with chickpeas as the main ingredient. Dried or canned, it’s obviously a tasty and healthy snack idea.
If you have canned chickpeas on hand, making these chickpea nuggets is a quick process. On the other hand, if you are using dried chickpeas you’ll need to plan ahead and soak the chickpeas overnight. The next day, boil them before adding to the nugget mixture.
As you know, all nuggets and patties need a binding agent. An element that holds all the other ingredients together without falling apart while frying. In this recipe, the oat flour acts as the binding agent. To make oat flour, all you need to do is grind rolled oats until you get a fine powder. This flour can be used as a binding agent in patties and nuggets to replace flour and mashed potatoes.
You’ll also need a touch of spices to enhance the flavor of the chickpea nuggets. A sprinkle of cumin seeds and a pinch of cayenne pepper delivers the much needed flavor and heat. However, to make these nuggets more spicy, you can add more cayenne pepper if you like.
The secret to making the perfect nuggets is getting the right texture. Make sure the mixture has a coarse texture that’s also easy into shape into nuggets. The next step is shaping the nuggets. These are then rolled in breadcrumbs to give them a nice crunch.
With the cooking method, you have two choices – frying and baking. Of course, baking is the healthier choice, but you can also shallow fry them if you like.
Chickpea nuggets that are truly crispy and delicious! Yum!
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- Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
- Besan Chilla | Besan Cheela | Chickpea Pancakes
- Easy Chickpea Burgers
- Mysore Pak | Chickpea Fudge
- Chana Chat | Healthy Chickpea Salad
- Chickpea Tikka Masala