Monday, December 19, 2011

Chickpea patties

Food triggers memories and this dish stirs up memories for me about lazy summers in Trivandrum reading (and re- reading) Pride and Prejudice. My parents had banned Mills and Boons books (similar to the Harlequin romances) but Jane Austen was permitted  - It was after all good literature. So my sister and I read and re read Pride and Prejudice every summer when we were teenagers. We were beside ourselves when Doordarshan, the lone television channel those days made a Hindi TV series - Trishna based on P &P. We waited every Saturday afternoon to watch Mr. Darcy and relive the book yet again.
Knowing my obsession with Pride and Prejudice, I received as a joke in one of birthdays past a book called "Mr. Darcy takes a wife'.  I will spare  you a review of the sequel and just say this. I exchanged it for a really wonderful little cookbook; the Ethnic Vegetarian by Angela Shelf Medearis. 
I have veganized this recipe for Chickpea patties from this book with inspiration from the Carefree Curry burgers @ the ppk

2 cups cooked chickpeas
1/2  c leftover cold rice ( i used some leftover pilaf)
1/4 of a red onion
1/4 c cilantro
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp garam masala
2 tsps grated ginger
1 tbsp corn starch
salt to taste
Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil and lightly spray with cooking oil.
Pulse all the ingredients  in the bowl of a food processor until the mixture starts to come together. Dump into a large mixing bowl; the mixture should hold together. Form patties and arrange them on the baking tray ( I used a lightly oiled 1/2 cup measure to do this). Chill in the fridge for 1/2 an hour.

Bake for 5 to 7 minutes and then flip the patties and bake for a few more minutes until both sides are browned.
We ate them in a sandwich dressed with tomatoes, cukes, avocados and green tomato and ginger relish.

1 comment:

  1. Your post made me smile. I am a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice too and I remember Trishna and waiting to watch it on the weekends on Doordarshan! I was too young to judge if it was well made or not, but I remember bits of it still. And I am sure it was better than that revolting movie version put out by Gurinder Chadha a few years back -- it ought to be a crime to make bad movies of good books! :).