Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Chickpea Patties

I found the recipe that this is based on on the Chowhound boards a few months ago. The poster described it as falafel, but, since the chickpeas are cooked and other veggies are included, I don't really consider the description accurate. However, that doesn't stop it from being a good last-minute dinner option that can be cooked with ingredients you probably have on-hand.

Chickpea Patties
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 small zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • more flour for dusting
  • olive oil

Toss the chickpeas in a food processor, and process until they're broken up. You want some chunks left. Stir in vegetables and spices. Add just enough flour so the mixture holds together. Form into walnut sized balls, flatten, and roll in flour.

Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Cook patties for three to four minutes each side, until golden brown.

This can be eaten in pita bread like falafel. Serve with tahini or another flavorful sauce. These can also be baked to cut down on fat content.

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