Editor-in-Chief & Publisher: MIR JAVED RAHMAN


Sun-Dried Goodness


Issue Date 08 - 14 Apr, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Herbed Sun-Dried Tomato & Chickpea Burgers

Herbed Sun-Dried Tomato & Chickpea Burgers
Ingredients

· 1½ cup (300g) dry (uncooked) chickpeas
· 1 cup (60g) fresh parsley or basil (basil for sweetness, parsley for bitterness), chopped
· ½ cup (80g) white or yellow onion, chopped
· 6 cloves garlic
· ½ cup (55g) sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
· 1½ tbsp (10g) ground cumin
· ½ tsp turmeric
· 1¼ -1½ tsp each of salt and black pepper
· 1-3tbsp tahini
· Olive or coconut oil for cooking

For serving (optional):
· Whole grain buns
· Fresh parsley or basil
· Diced red onion
· Garlic-dill Sauce
· Pesto

Method
Rinse (uncooked) chickpeas in a fine mesh strainer and add to a large pot. Cover with two inches of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for a minute then cover, remove from heat and let it set for an hour. Then drain and lightly rinse and dry thoroughly. In the meantime, add parsley or basil, onion, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes to a food processor and mix until well processed then set aside. Once the chickpeas are slightly cooled, add half to the food processor along with cumin, turmeric, salt, pepper and tahini. Mix to combine thoroughly, scraping down sides as needed. Then add the rest of the chickpeas and blend until you have a dough that is close to a paste in consistency. This may take up a few minutes to fully incorporate all of the spices and herbs. Add more tahini or a bit of water if the mixture is looking too crumbly or dry (this can be done when making patties, as well).
Sample a small bit and adjust spices/salt/herbs as needed then cover and set in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes to allow the flavours to develop and the texture to become more firm. Once ready, divide evenly and gently form into patties using your hands. To cook, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat then add oil and wait a few minutes for it to heat up. Place the patties in the pan and cook for two to three minutes on each side. Once the bottom side is evenly browned, flip very gently as they can fragile. Continue until all burgers are cooked. Adjust heat as needed if they're browning too quickly, or aren't cooking quickly enough. Once done, arrange the patties with serving ingredients or serve over vegetable salad or pita bread.





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