Chickpea Cakes and Tomato Raita


Chickpea Cakes and Tomato Raita

Originally uploaded by wjharrison77.

So much for my weekend in the garden. It’s still raining and very windy. Exposure to these conditions would undoubtably traumatise the lettuce who survived the flying greenhouse incident yesterday. Will give their little nerves another day to recover sitting on the garage window. Hmmmm.. There is a mouse in the garage. Mice probably like baby lettuce. I’m pretty much serving them a mouse sized salad, aren’t I?

Have now removed lettuce from the garage and am ready to share another recipe. More pulses!

Chickpea Cakes and Tomato Raita

2 X 400g tins of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
6 spring onions, green part only (save the white for the raita)
1 tblspn cumin
1 tblspn coriander
1 green chilli, finely chopped
Handful of fresh coriander, chopped
Salt and pepper
1 egg, beaten
Plain flour
Olive oil

  • Put chickpeas in food processor and blend until smooth. If you don’t have a food processor mash them with a potato masher.
  • Add the garlic, spring onion and spices and process/mash again.
  • Add seasoning, chilli and fresh coriander. Mix gently.
  • Add a little of the egg and a pinch of flour. Stir to combine. Continue until the mixture just binds. (Be very careful not to add too much egg. If it gets to wet you’ll need a lot of flour. This can create a horrid gluey texture.)
  • Pop mixture into the fridge to chill. Meanwhile, make the raita – recipe below.
  • With floury hands, shape the chilled mixture into little balls and flatten gently to form little patties. Dust with flour.
  • Fry cakes in a little olive oil over a medium heat until golden – about 4 mins on each side.

Serve with –
Tomato Raita

200ml natural yogurt
3 spring onions (whites only) – chopped finely
2 medium tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
1 green chilli, finely chopped
Pinch of sugar

  • Mix everything together and add salt to taste.

4 thoughts on “Chickpea Cakes and Tomato Raita

  1. Lovely photo of a yummy sounding dish! I am glad you were able to do your bike trip. Sounded like it was a success!
    Isn’t it amazing how much time and care it takes to grow just a few veggies or herbs? I know in Key West even though I had all in containers, it was a constant battle with the bugs! Hope your lettuce survives. I just returned from our Saturday morning farmers market here in Oxford, Ohio. You would not believe all the different types of lettuces that they have. I purchased 4 differernt bags and could have bought lots more. Also fresh from the farm eggs, cut up chicken, bread – I love the farmers market. We do not have them in Key West as the closest farm is about 200 miles away on the mainland. So I am definately taking advantage of the ones here.

  2. Wow. Very jealous – it sounds like foodie heaven!
    Still waiting patiently for our local farm shop to open over here. Even then the choice will pale in comparison to Ohio. Enjoy!

  3. Hi Teach 77,
    Thank you for visiting my blog and adding me to your blogroll, I will return the favour and add your blog to mine! I see we have a joint friend here, winedeb. This is quite a community thing isn’t it?
    I’m glad that you can out of the tree incident unhurt, that must have been frightening!
    It has been real windy here too, but no damaged yet, just nice, dry washing!

  4. Hello! Just discovered your blog the other day and am enjoying it very much. 🙂
    The community atmosphere has come as a bit of a surprise to me. Really enjoying it though!

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