Monday, November 4, 2013

Chickpeas nugget (Bill Granger)

I made these for the lil' fella, but I let the hubby tried it and let him guess what was in it. He couldn't guess it. It tasted like chicken, but it was a vegetarian burger/ nugget recipe. Hohoo.. I was very glad of the outcome even though it was a quick one I whipped up in less than 30min. Again, it's the lil' fella's food that I couldn't resist myself eating. I made about 10 of it, I ate 3 or 4 (opps), the hubby ate one, and the lil fella ate 3.
It was originally a burger recipe by Bill Granger, I modified it and made it into nugget size so that it's easier for the lil' fella to grip and eat. The oil was a little too hot when I placed the nugget in, so it got burnt. But that didn't affect the taste and texture. In fact, the burnt top gave it a little crispiness. It would have been great with a dipping sauce. But I didn't make one. It would be too messy for a one year old to be eating this with sauce. I just let him eat it on its own.


Adapted from Bill's
  • 500g cooked chickpeas (mine was cooked using organic dried chickpeas or garbanzo, it was cooked ahead in a pressure cooker for about 40min)
  • 1 egg (beaten), but I didn't use all      
  • 1 handfuls chopped Thai basil                   
  • 1/4 onion, finely chopped 
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 
  • 3tbsp wholemeal breadcrumbs (from an old wholemeal bun)
  • 2tbsp grated cheddar cheese

1. Heat up 2tbsp grapeseed oil in a frying pan. Saute chopped onion and garlic till fragrant. Stir in chickpeas and sauté. Put onion, garlic, chickpeas and eggs in a food processor or blender and blitz until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and add in Thai basil leaves and breadcrumbs.
2. Shape the mix into about 10-12 small patties/ nuggets.
3. Heat up 2tbsp oil in a frying pan over low heat. Cook the nuggets for 2mins on each side, or until browned.



I'm linking this post to Cook like a Star (Bill Granger), organised by Zoe, Bake for Happy Kids, Yen from Eat your heart out and Mich from Piece of Cake.


  1. Hi Jen,

    These little chickepea nuggets look very baby-friendly... made specially for little mouths to eat :D


  2. Am so impressed tht your lil one eats chickpeas... I think my kids would have avoided it. Great job!

  3. I am sure DH's DS and his family will enjoy this if I send some over!

  4. I want to encourage my kids to eat beans. Will give this recipe a try. You feeding your kid well :)

    1. Oh yea, do give it a try. As it's pan-fried, so it has crispy texture on the outside. Even the adults love them. :)


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