Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Chickpea Patties

                I am sure everyone must have tried Falafels, which are flavorful Mediterranean chickpea balls. I really love the Falafels, but they are typically made with flour and are deep fried. So today I tried to take my spin on the Falafel without the flour and the deep frying. So here it is.

  • 3 cups Chickpeas / Garbanzo Beans
  • 1 cup chopped Onion
  • 2-3 Garlic cloves
  • 1 cup chopped Cilantro
  • 3-4 Green Chilies
  • 3 Tbsp Parsley
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Soak the beans in water for 6-8 hours. 
  • Then cook the soaked beans. I prefer to use the pressure cooker. If using a pressure cooker, cook for 4-5 whistles or till they are cooked.
  • You can skip the above steps if using canned beans.
  • Now, drain the beans completely. They should be completely dry.
  • Take a big bowl, add the beans, onions, crushed garlic, cilantro, chili paste
  • Now add the parsley, black pepper and salt to taste
  • Mix it well. It should be of thick consistency.
  • Now, take some of the mixture in your hand and form small size balls and press them in shape of a disc. Make sure they are not too thick or too thin
  • Then, put them on a heated pan or a griddle and shallow fry them with little or no oil.
  • Serve them hot with Hummus or hot sauce. You can also use these to make a Falafel Sandwich with pocket Pita breads and some veggies.

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