Meatless Monday – Masala Patties

Meatless Monday – Masala Patties

My Mom has made “tuna cutlets” for years, which I loved until I gave up fish. I wanted to make a meatless version, and immediately I thought of garbanzo beans as a substitute for tuna because you can use them to make mock tuna fish sandwiches. I used Mom’s original recipe, I just subbed out the tuna for a can of Garbanzo beans and voilà we have Masala Patties. They are super! The first one is like the first pancake, a little messed up but still edible. Once that skillet is nice and hot and you have the technique down they turn out beautifully. You may have to clean the oil up a bit because the Panko crumbs fall off and you don’t want them sitting there burning in the oil when you put a fresh patty on. If you like things spicy you can always add some finely chopped Serrano chilies to the mix. You could eat these with a side salad, wrapped up in a tortilla, or plain. Enjoy!


1 can Garbanzo Beans
2 cups potatoes (peeled and boiled until just tender)
1 cup onion (finely chopped)
1⁄2 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
2 teaspoons Garam Masala
Dash Garlic powder
Dash Cumin
Dash Red Pepper (Cayenne) powder
Salt to taste (I used 1 teaspoon of Pink Himalayan salt and it was perfect)
2 eggs
Roughly 1 cup Panko crumbs
Oil of your choice for frying


  1. Peel, chop and then boil potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. Rinse and drain Garbanzo beans in a colander.
  3. Place Garbanzo beans in large bowl and mash with a fork.
  4. Add potatoes and mash together until potatoes are well mashed and combined with Garbanzo beans.
  5. Add onions, cilantro, Garam Masala, garlic powder, Cumin, Cayenne, and salt to the Garbanzo bean/potato mixture.
  6. Using your hands mix/mash ingredients together until well combined.
  7. Separate mixture into 8 equal parts and form small round burger shaped patties.
  8. Scramble eggs in a medium sized bowl.
  9. Place Panko crumbs onto a plate.
  10. Dip each patty carefully into egg, and then coat with Panko crumbs on both sides.
  11. Pour enough oil to cover the bottom of a large skillet. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat.
  12. When oil is hot, place two patties into skillet and fry roughly two minutes before flipping patties over to fry the other side. You want both sides to be golden brown. Do not flip too many times as they will break apart.
  13. Place fried patty onto a paper towel covered plate.
  14. Continue cleaning and adding oil to the skillet to cook remaining patties.
  15. Serve immediately. (reheat in toaster oven, or conventional oven)
  16. Enjoy!

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