Chickpea patties have been one of my quick go-to baby-led weaning recipes that I used so often when I was running out of ideas on what to cook. Chickpeas are high in iron and a good protein source for little children. They are mild in taste and can be cooked in many ways that suit baby-led weaning and growing toddler needs.
Related reading: Iron-rich foods for babies and toddlers.
Today I will share with you an easy chickpea patties recipe for babies and toddlers. It’s made using Whole Food ingredients, easy for the baby to hold and self-feed, and is a relatively low-effort recipe to make.
CHICKPEA PATTIES FOR BABIES, TODDLERS, AND KIDS
Before we get started, I will answer some frequently asked questions about chickpeas recipes for babies.
- How to cook chickpeas for baby?
When making chickpeas from scratch, soak chickpeas overnight and rinse the next day before pressure cooking for 2-3 whistles.
2. Are canned chickpeas good for baby?
This leads to the second follow-up question to this, are canned chickpeas good for babies? Yes, you can serve canned chickpeas to your baby. The only considerations to keep in mind are to use a no added salt variety since salt is not recommended for babies below age 1. Rinse the chickpeas thoroughly before adding them to recipes.
3. Are chickpeas okay for babies?
Chickpeas are a good source of plant-based protein, iron, calcium, B vitamins, potassium, and fiber. Therefore, chickpeas are a great choice for babies.
RECIPE OF CHICKPEA PATTIES FOR BABY-LED WEANING
This patty recipe can be used for baby-led weaning or for use in chickpea burgers for babies and toddlers. The recipe can be modified to include as much or as little spice as your baby can handle. Once your child starts preschool you can also add these chickpea fritters to their lunch box.
Chickpeas Patties For Babies And Toddlers
- 1 1/2 cup chickpeas boiled
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/4 tsp cumin powder
- 2-3 sprigs thyme
- 4 tbsp olive oil for pan frying
- salt and pepper to taste skip salt for babies
- Add the ingredients for the patty namely the chickpeas and spices to a blender and blend until hummus-like texture.
- Heat olive oil in a pan. Make small patty shapes and pan-fry on medium flame. Takes about 2-3 minutes on each side until the patty turns lightly brown.
- These are very delicate so take care when you turn to cook the other side.
- Serve with a mint and yogurt dip.
- You can even make an egg coating for the chickpea patty for ease when holding. Use 1 beaten egg to dip the patty before you shallow fry on the pan.
For more baby-led weaning recipes check the recipes section of this blog.
Here is another one my son loves, a chicken patty recipe for babies and toddlers.
Do try this quick and easy patty recipe and let me know in the comments below how your child liked it.
Until next time!