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Lugene Hudson

February 16, 2013

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NEW CASTLE — Falafel Burgers

  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas
  • 1⁄2 red onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 3 tbps. plus 2 tsps. olive oil (divided)
  • 1⁄2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1⁄4 cup tahini
  • 1⁄2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg white

In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, 2 tsps. olive oil, lemon juice and tahini. Blend well and scoop out into a large bowl. Set aside.

Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. Once hot, add the onions and jalapeno, and sauté for about six minutes or until tender. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute until toasty and fragrant. Add coriander and tumeric and mix well.

Add onion mixture to the chickpea mixture and stir well to combine. Add the salt, egg white and bread crumbs and mix well.

Heat the remaining 2 tbsps. olive oil in the same skillet. Form patties with the chickpea mixture and fry for about 3 to 4 minutes per side, until golden and crunchy. Drain on paper towels.

Serve falafel burgers in warm pitas with tahini sauce, hot sauce and sliced red onion.

Makes 6 burgers.

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