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After meat last night it was definitely a vege night tonight.   Not everyone likes tahini (can’t for the life of me figure why) but if you happen to be one like Mr MWCED then perhaps a yoghurt and dill sauce would be a great alternative.



Tahini Sauce

  • 1/3 cup tahini paste
  • 1 garlic clove chopped very finely
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 a lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 6 tablespoons lukewarm water
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Add tahini paste, garlic, lemon juice, salt and olive oil into a bowl. Mix together. It will get quick thick. Then slowly add water a tablespoon at a time until the sauce is the consistency that you want.   Then add cumin (or any other seasoning you’d like) and parsley. I think I might add some chilli next time. Be prepared to want to taste a lot of it.  Unless of course you are like Mr MWCED who wouldn’t even taste it. Oh well, more for me.

And then onto the patties.


Crispy Chickpea Patties

  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 can (19 oz/540 mL) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper

Open can of chickpeas, rinse and drain. Put chickpeas into a blender and mix until a paste.   Put onion, garlic and cumin in a pan and cook until onion is tender. Add to chickpeas with parsley, egg, flour and seasoning. Mix well and make into small patties.   This made around 8 patties.   Shallow fry in oil until browned on each side, around 3 minutes each side.   Drain on paper towels. At this stage you can pop into fridge until you want to cook.   Put into a warm oven for around 10 minutes to heat through (my oven was at 180 C).


I was thinking of making a salad,  but decided instead to cook some brown rice.   When the rice was ready I threw in some spinach and mixed it through until it began to wilt.  Then added chopped red pepper and green onion.   It was Very Good.


Well that was certainly a dinner plate of healthy goodness.  And delicious.   Perfect.