Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The Falafel Recipes Kitchen (The home of Falafel & Middle Eastern Food recipes) invites you to try Chickpea Burgers & Tahini Sauce Recipe. Enjoy cooking delicious Middle Eastern food and learn how to make Chickpea Burgers & Tahini Sauce.
Rather than a heavy, fried falafel, here's an updated version of this pocket sandwich: a light chickpea patty served in a whole-wheat pita with a flavorful but light tahini sauce.
1 19-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
4 scallions, trimmed and sliced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 6-1/2-inch whole-wheat pitas, halved and warmed, if desired
1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
2 tablespoons tahini (see Ingredient note)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. To prepare burgers: Place chickpeas, scallions, egg, flour, oregano, cumin and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor. Pulse, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides, until a coarse mixture forms that holds together when pressed. (The mixture will be moist.) Form into 4 patties.
2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add patties and cook until golden and beginning to crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip and cook until golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes more.
3. To prepare sauce & serve: Meanwhile, combine yogurt, tahini, lemon juice, parsley and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Divide the patties among the pitas and serve with the sauce.
4. Ingredient Note: Tahini is a smooth, thick paste made from ground sesame seeds and commonly used in Middle Eastern foods. Look for it in the Middle Eastern section or near other nut butters in large supermarkets.
Per serving: 400 calories; 15 g fat (3 g saturated fat, 8 g mono unsaturated fat); 55 mg cholesterol; 55 g carbohydrates; 15 g protein; 9 g fiber; 743 mg sodium; 494 mg potassium Nutrition Bonus: Fiber (37% daily value), Folate (32% dv), Vitamin C (30% dv), Iron (20% dv).
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