Falafel pitta burger

Beans and pulses are so next year; mark my words, they will rise in popularity very soon and rather than baked beans being the only pulse people tolerate EVERYONE will be tucking into the nutritious delicious chickpeas, lentils, cannellini beans and the huge variety of beans and pulses found across the globe. Anyway, back to this pitta burger - bloody gorgeous, cheap, easy, filling, cow-free. Try it. 

This is the smallprint: These burgers can be a mare when frying, turning to a frying pan of mushy chickpea thing. So you must make the mixture dry enough then, if you have time, chill it before shaping. Even better if you have time, is to bake them in the oven.

These falafel are BEAUTIFUL the next day with salad and coleslaw or mango chutney.

If you're really pushed for time buy some decent falafel (no nasties) and stick those in a pitta with salad.
Serves: 2 • Prep time: 10 mins • Cook time: 30 mins • Easy 
  • 400g tin of chickpeas, drained and dried on a tea towel
  • 1 teaspoon each of dried cumin, turmeric and coriander
  • half a teaspoon of chilli powder (optional)
  • 1 small clove of garlic, crushed*
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of plain flour
  • very large pinch of sea salt
  • olive oil
For the salad:
  • couple of large lettuce leaves, chopped
  • 1 large ripe tomato, thinly sliced
  • half a red onion thinly sliced
  • small bunch of flat leaf parsley
  • some thinly sliced cucumber
  • 4 wholemeal pitta breads, toasted/warmed
I like to serve it with ketchup and mayo but that's me!
Into a blender or processor add the chickpeas, chopped onion (not the sliced, that's for serving), garlic, salt, spices.  Blend until fairly smooth then (if you have time now, chill the mixture for an hour in the fridge) shape into burger shapes with floured surface and hands.

Either fry in olive oil turning until cooked through and the outside is browned, or place on a lined baking sheet in a 180deg oven for 20 mins.

Stuff the warm pitta with the burger, salad and ketchup/mayo if using. Or make/buy some tomato salsa to go with it.
Nutrition info
Chickpeas give you fantastic fibre, including insoluble fibre that helps the gut critters to have something to eat so they can multiply and cause happiness inside you! That's my very technical explanation :-) They're also high in folate so are VERY good for pregnant persons to eat!

Make every day this delicious, get a weekly eatnaturally plan!

Hard and dry, a chickpea is inedible. Hard and dry, a heart is unlovable. Presoak it in dance, music and art.
Khang Kijarro Nguyen
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