Baked Chickpea and Brown Rice Spicy Patties

Baked Chickpea and Brown Rice Spicy Patties
I've made rice balls on more than a few occasions and plenty of chickpea koftas in the past, but I have never combined chickpeas and brown rice in a baked savory before. But these two pantry staples combine beautifully in these simple and attractive baked patties that are perfect for serving at any time of year. Goat cheese gives them a little tang and a delightful soft creamy texture, lightly cooked peas lend color and sweetness, and of course there's a judicious selection of Indian spices to give them a wonderful gentle kick.

Baked Chickpea and Brown Rice Spicy Patties
I served these little patties with a spicy sun-dried tomato paste that proved to be an ideal condiment, but if you want something a little less spicy and a bit more saucy, you may wish to consider a cashew chutney or a fresh tomato chutney. Even plain yogurt will make a nice accompaniment — use any sauce, chutney or topping that you desire, or eat just on their own.

This is my contribution to My Legume Love Affair, hosted this month by Susan, the founder of this popular event.

Baked Chickpea and Brown Rice Spicy Patties

Baked Chickpea and Brown Rice Spicy PattiesBaked Chickpea and Brown Rice Spicy Patties
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Published on August 4, 2009

Simple, soft, savory and spicy baked chickpea and brown rice patties with goat cheese — attractive, nourishing and delicious

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  • 2/3 cup dried chickpeas (2 cups cooked)
  • 1/3 cup uncooked brown rice (1 cup cooked)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup soft goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • small handful of fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • olive oil
  • Rinse the chickpeas and soak in enough water to cover for 8 hours or overnight. Separately, rinse the brown rice and soak in 1 cup of water.

  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas, then transfer to a medium saucepan and cover with fresh water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 hour or until the chickpeas are tender. Drain and transfer to a food processor.

  • Meanwhile, bring the rice and its soaking water to a boil in a small saucepan, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the liquid is absorbed — about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool to room temperature.

  • Steam or lightly boil the peas until just tender. Set aside.

  • Preheat an oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Now add the goat cheese, Parmesan cheese, onion, garlic, egg, jalapeños, ground coriander, paprika, turmeric, ground cumin, cayenne and salt to the food processor with the chickpeas. Process until smooth. Add the cooked brown rice, peas and parsley or cilantro to the mixture and pulse a few times to combine. Transfer to a bowl and stir in 1/2 cup of the whole wheat flour. Add more flour as needed to get a dough that you can shape with your hands into patties.

  • Coat your hands with some olive oil and shape the mixture into small patties about 2 inches in diameter. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Brush the top of each patty with a little olive oil and bake for 20 minutes. Flip the patties over and cook for another 15 to 20 minutes or until both sides are golden brown.

  • Serve hot with sun-dried tomato paste or any other sauce or chutney you desire.

Makes approximately 20 2-inch patties or 4 to 6 servings
Baked Chickpea and Brown Rice Spicy Patties
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Baked Italian Brown Rice Balls
Chickpea Paneer Kofta in a Creamy Cashew Tomato Sauce
Spicy Chickpea Kofta
Baked Paneer and Chickpea Cutlets

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Unknown said...

One pot dish with the goodness of all the food group. Nice & delicious one.

Rahin said...

love the patties , n the tomato paste looks gorgeous

iRaw said...

Ooh, these look wonderful!

Anh said...

These look soo nice. I am thinking of making them for the lunch box!

Usha said...

These look delicious and I love the spicy sun dried paste that you have served it with...

Cilantro said...

Its healthy and different.

karuna said...

chickpea patty looks good. They can a great substitute for falafals too i guess.

Johanna GGG said...

these sound delicious - I think I would like to try them with fresh herbs rather than the spices but I love the addition of goats cheese

Vidya said...

wow. That's a complete meal! would love to have some right now :)

Unknown said...

Wonderful patties, recipe sounds very interesting would like to try this soon nice color too.

franmouse39 said...

these look really yummy. I adore chickpeas, so will add this to my list of things to make.

Susan said...

Chickpeas and brown rice make an ideal nutty, toasty pairing, and the chutneys are fabulous, too. Glad you added the link for the cashew one (missed it first time 'round), but it's bookmarked now. Brilliant!

Thanks, Lisa, for your lovely contribution to MLLA.

Parita said...

Delicious and healthy! love the sun dried tomato paste

Red Chillies said...

I have made patties with chickpeas before, but like the idea of adding rice, cheese and wheat flour.

Pari Vasisht said...

Great looking patties and droolworthy tomatoes.

Thistlemoon said...

You are just the queen of patties, koftas and cakes. I always love the combinations you come up with, and they are always good when I have tried them. I really need to try so many more!

A_and_N said...

Lisa, brown rice!?!? really!

How innovative can you be! I'd have never thought of that :)

Christy said...

These sound amazing! I must try!

eatme_delicious said...

I love all the patties, koftas etc that you make! These sound great. Love that they're so substantial with rice, beans and peas.

Carey said...

I made these for dinner last night, and they were awesome! I topped them with just chopped fresh tomatoes, and had corn on the cob and mashed sweet potatoes on the side. It was a very tasty, filling meal. I had some cold leftover patties this morning, and they were good even straight from the fridge. Thanks!

Mansi said...

This looks yum.

niki said...

I have just made a batch of these, I had run out of chickpeas so made them with strained baked beans and also substituted brown rice for basmati rice and coriander for the parsley, they were delicious and the kids couldn't believe that they were made with baked beans :-)