Cook's Hideout: Chickpea Croquettes with Tzatziki Sauce

September 18, 2015

Chickpea Croquettes with Tzatziki Sauce

As I was looking for dishes to serve with tzatziki sauce, I saw these chickpea croquettes recipe in Vegetarian Times magazine. Original recipe was not served with tzatziki, but I thought they tasted great with the addition of the creamy yogurt sauce.
I found adding chickpea flour (besan) and whole chickpeas in these croquettes was quite interesting. The whole chickpeas give these croquettes a hearty texture.

These taste a lot like Indian bajjis that are made with chickpea flour. The main difference is that bajjis are deep fried and these croquettes are shallow fried. They fit perfectly into a pita pocket and taste great with the Greek salad topping and the tzatziki sauce. This makes a very filling and wholesome meal.
For the Croquettes:
Chickpea flour/ Besan - 1cup
Chickpeas - 1½cups (or 1 15oz. canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed)
Red bell pepper - 1 small, finely chopped
Garlic - 2 cloves, minced
Fresh Parsley - ¼cup, finely chopped
Lemon juice - 2tbsp
Olive Oil - 1tbsp
Ground Cumin - 1tsp
Chili powder - 1tsp
Salt - to taste

For the Topping:
Cucumber - 1 medium, sliced
Tomatoes - 2 medium, seeded and chopped (or use 1cup cherry tomatoes)
Green Onions - 2, chopped
Lemon juice - 2tbsp
Olive Oil - 1tbsp
Feta Cheese - for serving
Salt & Pepper - to taste

Tzatziki Sauce - for topping

  • To make the Topping: Combine cucumber, tomatoes, green onions, lemon juice and oil in a bowl. Stir in feta cheese, if using. Season with salt and pepper and keep ready.
  • To make Croquettes: In a mixing bowl, combine chickpea flour, cumin, chili powder and salt. Whisk in ¾ cup hot water. Stir in the other ingredients and season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat 1tbsp oil in a nonstick skillet; scoop about 3tbsp dollops of chickpea mixture into skillet, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook 3~4 minutes or until golden. Flip and cook 3~4 minutes more. Repeat with remaining chickpea mixture.
  • Serve each croquette topped with the topping and drizzle some of tzatziki sauce.

Linking this to Valli's 'Cooking from Cookbook ChallengeSeptember -- Week 3'.



  1. Croquettes look great and adding whole chickpeas is must have give croquettes a nice crunch as well.

  2. yummy ! i love chickpeas and anything with it :)

  3. Gosh I love your meal!..makes it look so fantastic...bookmarked!

  4. Btw Pavani, are these pita pocket homemade or store bought?..those look fantastic as well!

    1. These are store bought pita pockets Valli. I don't think I ever got this perfect 'pocket' in homemade ones ;-)

  5. Hearty croquettes & awesomely mouthwatering pictures, Pavani. Loving all the flavors.....

  6. Lovely croquettes....bookmarking this


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