Chickpea kabobs – grilled, baked and pan-fried


Our Thanksgiving or ‘friendsgiving’ (as we celebrate it with friends) is always a big feast hosted in our home. The spread is completely vegetarian mostly vegan infact! 

One of the appetizers I prepared from scratch this year was chickpea kabobs. Chickpea is one of the tastiest dried beans. It is super delicious and does not have that ‘protein’ flavor that most dried beans bring to the dish. I suppose you get what I am saying 😉 Chickpeas are also very versatile and take on any flavor profile easily. 

I prepared the kabobs 3 ways – 

 ☝️ grilled on a cast iron grill

✌️baked in the oven

🤟 shallow fried in a cast iron pan 

All three variations had their own unique texture and guests enjoyed all of them equally. The baked variety was extra crunchy and made for a perfect appetizer. It went well with a spicy dipping sauce. 

The grilled and shallow-fried both had a crispy exterior but a nice juice soft interior. This will be a perfect sandwich kabob or wrapped in a tortilla shell with some yogurt sauce. 

The main base for these kabobs are soft cooked chickpeas. To these I added onions, garlic, multi-colored peppers, herbs and plenty of seasoning. Make it your version by mixing up the veggies, herbs and seasoning choices. 

This is one delicious kabob! 

My suggestion will be to spend the time and prepare a good number of them in advance. Besides serving them as appetizers, I continued to use them throughout the week to make wraps, sandwiches and even a stir-fried dish with added veggies. 

Shaping the kabobs is the only job which is a little time-consuming. 

My solution to this 🤷🏻‍♀️😜 turn on some fast paced music and have a glass of your favorite libation on the side – perfect combination as you hand-roll these kabobs.

Happy rolling ! 

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Chickpea kabobs – grilled, baked & pan-fried

These chickpea kabobs are delicious hand-made rolls which are cooked in 3 different ways for different textures. Use them in a variety of ways or just as an appetizer with a spicy dipping sauce.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Fusion
Servings: 10 kabobs


  • 2 cups Chickpeas cooked soft
  • 1 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 small Onion finely chopped
  • 3 multi-colored Peppers finely chopped
  • 3 pods Garlic finely minced
  • 1 bunch Cilantro finely chopped
  • 3 Green Chillies (optional) finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Garam Masala powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chily powder
  • Salt
  • Oil


  • Start by mashing the cooked chickpeas in a large mixing bowl
    (The chickpea should be dry)
  • Add the garam masala, red chilly powder and salt
    Add triple colored peppers, onions, garlic and cilantro
  • Add breadcrumbs and combine thoroughly
  • The mixture will be quite dry, now add oil 
  • Using your hands, start to mix and shape into kabob rolls 
  • There are 3 ways to cook these – grill them, bake them or shallow fry them. Each one has its own texture.

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