I do not remember ever mentioning our pet. We have a Siamese cat named Lisa and she is ten years old.

She is also a Math genius.

You must be wondering what Lisa has to do with revithokeftedes. In a way she does because my love for cats grew when I was about 10 years old.

This is a painting I did of Lisa during the first year lessons. It’s a very naive painting but I definitely paint much better now.

Back then, next door to us lived a nice old couple. The man was Cypriot and the lady was from the Greek island of Chios. They were not blessed with children and Mrs. Ypatia was really fond of me. She also loved cats. She had, I remember, more than ten of her own but she would also take care of all the stray cats.

Although they were just the two of them, she cooked a lot of food and when she had a special treat she would always call me to give me some to try and she was a really good cook as everything she would make was really delicious.

In some occasions when she needed help she would call me, especially during Easter or Christmas to help her make tsourekia, kourapiedes, melomakarona, koulourakia and that was my first love of the Greek cuisine and my love for cats.

Whenever I used to go at her place I loved gazing at some of her house ornaments which were mostly souvenirs she had brought from Greece or from Alexandria, where she and her husband had lived for many years. I remember she had a camel shaped chair which was my favourite but the best part was playing with her cats.

One of the “unusual” things she would make was keftedes out of various dried legumes. I say “unusual” as the only keftedes my mother would make (as well as all Cypriots) was the usual ones with meat. My favourite of all her keftedes, was revithokeftedes.

Unfortunately I do not have any of her recipes, as I was only a child then, but this is a recipe I have been doing for many years and each time I make them, I have very sweet memories of her and the kittens.

Revithokeftedes  (Chickpea patties), recipe by Ivy

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking time:  20 minutes

Makes: 20 


  • 1 ¾ cups – 275 grams (0.6 lbs) chickpeas, soaked in water
  • 50 grams (1.7 oz), about ½ cup, grated courgette
  • 50 grams (1.7 oz), about ½ cup, grated carrot
  • 85 grams (3 oz), 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon roasted garlic puree
  • 2 tablespoons garlic oil
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon spice mixture
  • ¾ tablespoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley (plus other herbs like mint or dill)
  • ½ cup bran oats
  • 75 grams (2.6 oz) cornmeal
  • ½ cup sesame seeds


  1. Put chickpeas in a bowl, covering them with 5 – 8 cm / 2 – 3 inches water on top and soak overnight. (If using leftover cooked chickpeas or canned ones, drain and skip the above step.
  2. In a food processor pulse the chickpeas.  If you have a small food processor, do this gradually but without puréeing them.  If you find any difficulty in pulsing them add tablespoon water and continue.
  3. Empty them in a bowl.  Put the bread with the liquid, onion and garlic in the food processor and pulse.
  4. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well.  Refrigerate for half an hour and form them into balls and then flatten them into patties.
  5. Dredge them in sesame seeds.
  6. Heat about 2 ½ cm (1”) of olive oil in a non-stick 30 cm (12”) frying pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Fry patties until golden brown on both sides.
  7. Place them on kitchen paper to absorb excess oil before serving.Serve with pita bread, salad and tahini sauce.


This and many more meatless recipes are included in my cookbook “More than a Greek Salad”, available on all Amazon stores.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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21 Comments on Revithokeftedes and my cat Lisa

  1. How would you say these are similar or different in comparison to falafel? They look yummy.

  2. Jessie says:

    Oh, these look wonderful! Also, your kitty is lovely! I have two Siamese cats myself. 😀

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

  3. Peter G says:

    Lovely Ivy! They’re a little similar to felafel aren’t they but def very Greek. Lisa looks cute! Siamese are known for their temperament. Is she friendly? LOL @ the name Lisa!

  4. Aparna says:

    Anything made with chickpeas has to be good, Ivy.

  5. Cakelaw says:

    Lisa is gorgeous Ivy! I also like your painting of her – I wish I could paint that well.

  6. Alexsandra says:

    Your cat is adorable! I love cats!
    And I think your artwork is very good…especially if you say this is when you were a beginner.
    And your recipes always make me hungry. I love chickpeas so I will have to try this!

  7. Ivy

    Hi Michael and thanks for visiting. I just checked out a few falafel recipes and the general idea is the same just the spices and herbs are quite different.

    Peter, you are right about Siamese cats and you should know that they used to have Siamese cats to keep strangers away. She is not very friendly to strangers but with us she is very playful, affectionate and playful.
    About her name. Before buying the cat and deciding which breed to buy I bought a book to learn all about the cats and was reading it to my daughter who was six at the time. One of the cats was described as the queen of all cats and my daughter was impressed on that so she kept saying that she wanted the queen, so when we finally bought the cat we named her after Her Majesty 😛
    I hope my English friends will not take this as an offense.

    Thanks Aparna, then I am sure you will also like my today’s post.

  8. Ivy

    Jessie, Cakelaw and Alexandra, they are right to say that wherever a pet is involved they become the protagonists. Lisa has had her 15 minutes of fame 😛

  9. Dharm says:

    chickpea patties sound great! And you Paint too? i’ve always wanted to be able to draw and paint!!!

  10. Ben says:

    What a beautiful kitty! I love kitties and we have a Javanese cat named Lucy. I bet Lisa and Lucy would be very good friends :-p And I love your paint. I don’t think it is naive at all 😉

  11. Maggie says:

    Your cat is adorable!! The chickpea patties sound great. I like the mint in the recipe.

  12. I love your kitty, Ivy! And I think your painting is beautiful! You are really talented!

  13. Lisa says:

    What a sweet little kitty! I’ve been spending less time in front of my computer and am just now getting caught up on your latest creations. Chickpeas are my favorite and next to hummus, turning them into patties is one of the tastiest ways to enjoy them.

  14. You are so lucky to have such wonderful memories of your childhood sis. Nice to have a neighbour to teach you the little tricks of preparing delicious Greek dishes.

  15. Rosie says:

    Ivy this looks wonderful and I adore your kitty too :)

    Rosie x

  16. Lore says:

    Lisa instantly caught my eye and to think I’m not especially fond of kitties :)… but she is just too cute!
    Wonderful memories Ivy and your patties look delicious :)

  17. DONA says:

    HI IVY



  18. Ivy

    Hi Dona, so you finally found me. Fattoush was the first thing I made when I got the sumac. Great salad.

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