Perfect for Meatless Monday, or anytime that you want a protein-packed vegetarian recipe, vegetarian fritters are made with just 6 ingredients. Cook this plant-based recipe in ghee and serve them over salad, on a sandwich, or with chutney or ketchup. This is a vegan Indian recipe that’s enjoyed by carnivores as well!
I’m always on the hunt for quick and easy recipes, and since I try to eat plant-based as often as I can, this is another factor that I look for. Today’s recipe is a vegan split pea recipe that comes together rather easily. The key is remembering to soak your yellow split peas a minimum of 4 hours in advance of making these vegetarian fritters, and in the end you’ll have a versatile vegan recipe that has known to be enjoyed by carnivores as well!
What are yellow split peas?
Split peas are a field pea and differ from lentils. They are dried and peeled and come in a yellow and green color. Split peas are high in protein, low in fat, and a wonderful source of fiber. They are often used in Indian cooking and are a natural, plant-based food that are the basis of many dals.
Perfect for Meatless Monday, or anytime that you want a protein-packed vegetarian recipe, vegetarian fritters are made with just 6 ingredients. Cook this plant-based recipe in ghee and serve them over salad, on a sandwich, or with chutney or ketchup. This is a vegan Indian recipe that's enjoyed by carnivores as well!
- 1 cup yellow split peas soaked for a minimum of 4 hours
- 1 onion medium, chopped
- 2-3 cloves garlic peeled & chopped
- 1 handful cilantro
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2-3 tbsp ghee for cooking
Soak yellow split peas for a minimum of 4 hours. Drain and rinse.
Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until combined.
Heat 1 - 2 teaspoons of oil or ghee in a skillet. Scoop a spoonful of mixture into your hand and form into a loose ball. Add to pan and flatten with a spatula. Be careful not to overcrowd.
Cook until golden brown, approximately 3 minutes, flip and repeat until cooked on the other side. Serve with a yogurt sauce, in a pita or even atop a salad.
Can I substitute green split peas for yellow peas?
You should be able to substitute them without problems.
Do I need to soak the yellow split peas?
Yes. Do not skip this step. Because you aren’t pre-cooking them, this will get them to a soft consistency that will grind nicely in the food processor. They need to soak for a minimum of 4 hours, but I often leave them longer.
How to serve vegetarian fritters?
We sometimes serve them with a yogurt sauce fancied up with some spices and cucumber, but you can also serve them with chutney or even ketchup as my kids like to eat them. 🙂
If you are looking for another split pea recipe, don’t forget to try my split pea soup with kale (shown below). Oh, and you also don’t want to miss this falafel recipe! Lastly, let me know if you get a chance to make these vegetarian fritters! 🙂
Oooh, I bet I could get my kids to eat these! They sound yummy!
Yes! They have been especially helpful for kids lunchboxes, but my kids eat them regardless. Hope you get to try them!
So fun! Adding these to my summer lunch menu! Thanks!
Can I air fry them?
While I have not tried it, I think it should work!