Valentines ❤ or Anytime Chickpea patties (DEGF)
Happy Monday! One more week of school before a week off for half-term break and what better way to start the holidays than a Valentines treat! ❤ Hopefully you have reason to enjoy and embrace Valentines Day with a loved one, but if you are single there’s no reason not to treat yourself! 🙂 I have already posted my Valentines Starter (Valentines or Anytime Beetbean pate) and I have a lovely Valentines dessert which I mastered at the weekend and will post soon! These little chickpea patties are full of protein and fibre and contain a wealth of minerals such as folate, iron, phosphorus and manganese too 🙂 ❤ The great thing is these are so versatile you can change the shape, the cooking method and what you serve them with and instantly have a range of seemingly different meals! Hearts ❤ for Valentines of course! 🙂
- 400g can chick peas (rinsed and drained)
- 25g sesame seeds
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- sprinkle of salt
- cold water if necessary
- Coconut oil for cooking
- Heat a small heavy based frying pan (no oil) and lightly dry toast the sesame seeds. Toss the sesame seeds continually until the colour starts to change then immediately pour into a cold bowl or plate.
- Put the chick peas and sesame seeds in a processor and blitz until smooth. Add a very small amount of water if the mixture is not blending.
- Scrape the mixture into a bowl and add the pepper, cumin, curry and salt. Mix very well.
- Shape into small patties (hearts ❤ if you want).
- Melt a very small amount of coconut oil in a pan and cook until both sides are golden brown. Remove from the pan and place on a baking tray. Bake on Gas Mark 5 (190c / 375f) for ten minutes. Alternatively you could deep fry them until golden which will give a different taste.
- I have served these on a ring of giant wholegrain couscous with a simple mixed leaf and tomato salad.
- For a different meal, serve with your favourite dips/sauces, salads and bread (pitta or wraps would be good).
- Make them slightly larger and you have vegan burgers! Serve with burger rolls and fries!
- Alternatively, cook up a tomato sauce, throw in some pasta (GF if required) and serve these on top!