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Chickpea Patties

Nirvana, for many vegetarians, is the humble burger. Over the past few months many experiments have been conducted to find the right blend of texture and taste.

Ingredients

  • 2 onions (finely chopped)
  • 4 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • 1 green finger chilli (deseeded and finely chopped)
  • ½ red pepper (deseeded and finely chopped)
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp pimento powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • A large pinch of black pepper
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can of chickpeas (or 300g of presoaked)
  • 150g of stale breadcrumbs
  • 50g of fresh parsely (chopped)
  • 1 egg

Method

Combine all the ingredients except the egg in the order listed into a large mixing bowl and stir well. Transfer to a food processor and crack the egg over the mixture. Process for no more than 10 seconds on lowest speed to retain texture. Leave to stand for at least half an hour.

Preheat the oven to 180°C and divide the mixture to make 4 patties. Coat with flour or polenta, if desired, and lightly coat with olive oil before placing on a preheated baking tray in the oven for 20 minutes.

Half way through cooking, remove the tray from the oven and spoon the excess oil over the patties to help the crust develop.

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