Friday, September 27, 2013

Curried Chickpea Patties with Cinnamon Ginger Onion Relish

I forgot about the rainy days in Miami but was quickly reminded this week. I think curry and a good Bollywood movie go best with rainy days. Monsoon Wedding anyone? 

Here's what you need: 

Cinnamon Ginger Onion Relish

½ large yellow onion sliced thinly
2 tbspn lemon juice
1/8 tsp turmeric
1/8  tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp agave nectar

Here's what you gotta do: 

1. First, in a bowl mix the onions with lemon juice and let sit for five minutes then stir, let sit for another five minutes.

2. Add cinnamon and agave nectar and let sit for another five minutes.

   * While the onions are pickling, start on the patties*

The thinner you slice the onions the quicker they pickle. 

Here's What you need: 

Curried Chickpea Patties

(Yields 6- 8 patties depending on the size)

1 15 oz can of Chickpeas (1/4 cup liquid form the chickpeas drained with liquid set aside)
1 heaping teaspoon of minced garlic
1 tsp yellow curry powder
1 tsp cumin
½ dreid parsley flakes
1/8 tsp red chilli powder
¼ tsp salt

¼ cup bread crumbs
1 tbsp ground flax seed

vegetable oil

Here's what you gotta do: 

  1. In a large bowl mix the chickpeas with the spices (garlic, curry, cumin, parsley, chili, and salt). 
  2. Mash the spiced chickpeas with a mash potato. Mash until is it a course paste.
  3. Add the bread crumbs and flax seed and mix well. 
  4. Mix in the liquid from the chickpeas and stir until mixed well. 
  5. Lightly oil and heat a heavy skillet over a medium heat. 
  6. Use the palm of your hand to form the chickpea mixture into patties.  
  7. Place the patties into the hot skillet and cook for 7 minutes. Gently flip the patties and cook for another 5 minutes  or until both sides are a browned. 
  8. Serve the patties hot, topped with the onion relish. (They taste pretty darn good all alone too!)

Delicious Tip: Patties can be made ahead  with a doubled recipe and stored frozen for those busy weeks. Simply toss in the microwave, skillet or in the toaster oven. May be enjoyed in rain and sunshine!

Old fashioned potato masher did the trick quite nicely but if you wanna be fancy, you can do this part in a food processor. Just be sure to leave the chickpea mixture a bit course.  

Life Is Delicious... Go Taste It!

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