Air-Fryer Chickpea Fritters with Sweet-Spicy Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 min./batch


2 dozen (1 cup sauce)

Updated: Jul. 05, 2023
Chickpeas are a common ingredient in many dishes in Pakistan, where I grew up. I try to incorporate the tastes of my home country when cooking for my American-born daughters. With these air-fryer fritters, I have combined the light spice of Pakistani foods with the love of deep-fried finger foods that many Americans, including my daughters, enjoy. —Shahrin Hasan, York, Pennsylvania
Air-Fryer Chickpea Fritters with Sweet-Spicy Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas or garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced


  1. Preheat air fryer to 400°. In a small bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients; refrigerate until serving.
  2. Place chickpeas and seasonings in a food processor; process until finely ground. Add egg and baking soda; pulse until blended. Transfer to a bowl; stir in cilantro and green onions.
  3. In batches, drop the chickpea mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls onto greased tray in air-fryer basket. Cook until lightly browned, 5-6 minutes. Serve with sauce.

Test Kitchen tip
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, you can make this recipe in a deep fryer, electric skillet or on the stovetop.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 fritter with 2 teaspoons sauce: 34 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 156mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.