They wanted to know why grownups spend so much time on the internet looking at recipes. Flavorful chickpea-tomato patties drenched in intense tomato sauce. Elena, these were so good. Another question Elena … could I have the green bean lathera as a main and the patties (minus the sauce) as a side dish? Knead with your hands, the dough should be soft but firm enough to shape into patties. Elena has collaborated with a number of organizations including Loyola University, Yale University, University of Missouri, Louisiana State University, and the American College of Greece. Really really bad. Thanks Caroline. Every morsel was gobbled down. Add the corn starch, onion mixture, and 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking liquid and pulse until smooth. You can serve them with a yogurt dip and a salad and you have a […], […] These chickpeas could be considered falafel’s seductive cousin. You can bake them at 350 F for 25 minutes. Reserve 3/4 cup of the cooking liquid before draining the chickpeas into a colander. Almost there! Thanks Jennifer. Pulse the food processor until everything is finely chopped and well mixed, stopping to scrape down … Transfer to a large bowl. What purpose does the baking soda serve? I love this recipe. Check your inbox to confirm your subscription. Also as a main meal can I make larger patties at, say, 50 grams each? If so, how many can I serve as a main? Greek cuisine is known for all the vegetable patties and one of them are the chickpea patties which are very similar to the famous falafel, but a bit softer in texture. Will definitely make them again. Yes, I think that is key: realistic recipes. They came out more like hash browns which I formed into a large patties. It is inspired by a recipe from the famous Greek cook Tselementes. Welcome to the Olive Tomato community! For how long? boiled chickpeas (canned or boiled from dry), Leave a comment or share on instagram and mention, Greek Chickpeas and Rice with Lemon and Tahini, Spanakopita Triangles with Spinach, Leek and Quinoa, Feta and Strawberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Mediterranean Diet: Eat Less Meat in 5 Steps | Olive Tomato, Avoid Holiday Weight Gain with this Greek Diet Strategy | Olive Tomato, Revithosoutzoukakia/Greek Chickpea Patties inwards Tomato Sauce – Your Easy Recipes, Mediterranean Diet May Offer More Protection Than Weight Loss. from the heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160°. Fry the patties about 2 minutes on each side. Flavorful chickpea-tomato patties drenched in intense tomato sauce. An expert on the Greek Mediterranean Diet, her interviews and articles have been published in many publications including CNN, U.S. News and World Report, Prevention, NPR, and Shape. Highly recommend them to anyone. Pour about 2 inches of olive oil into a deep skillet and heat over medium heat until it reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit when measured with a stovetop thermometer. Not sure why it did not work for you. Another outstanding dish. I have tried so many of your recipes over the years and they are all outstanding. Can you please clarify — do I use 750 grams of canned chickpeas for this recipe (the recipe above states 3 cups of chickpeas canned or boiled)? Add the oil to a skillet and saute over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are just starting to soften. WOW!!! The sauce usually contains garlic as well, I chose to omit the garlic in the sauce for a “lighter” flavor. Stir those into the puree along with the mint, oregano, and pepper. Place chickpeas in food processor and pulse until finely chopped. It should take each side 3 minutes to cook before flipping it over. Form two teaspoons of the mixture into a patty shape and place in the flour. I have a question… traditionally, would Greeks have used all purpose flour? I made these without the sauce. Hi Mary, Yes 3 cups is about 720 grams. Roll into balls , flattening them a bit, using about 2 teaspoons of the mixture for each patty. Add the boiled chickpeas, the saute onions … Learn how your comment data is processed. I adjusted it, so it is basically a vegan version of the famous Soutzoukakia, which are meatballs (fried or baked) topped with garlicky tomato sauce. I did need to add more flour to get the dough more solid. Add the chickpea patties to the sauce and spoon the sauce gently over the patties. Repeat until all the mixture is used up. […] Source: Here For Patties: 3cups Cooked chickpeas 1 Tomato (medium sized) ii Garlic cloves (minced) 1/2cup […]. Caroline I use the ones from the can all the time…just drain the water and use them; Thanks! This sounds very tasty. Remove and place on paper towels to absorb any oil and set aside. Looks yummy! Generally ingredients were much less processed, but yes flour was used traditionally. I love your blog, and I’ve made so many of your recipes over and over. – Sincerely, Elena. I made these and they were SO good. Spray patties with nonstick spray. Elena Paravantes, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Writer and consultant specializing in the Mediterranean Diet and Cuisine. These chickpeas could be considered falafel's seductive cousin. Thanks! Heat olive oil in a pan (oil should be about ¼ inch deep in the pan). For a main I would serve about 3 larger patties along with some feta and salad. The chickpea patties are made with a combination of the beans along with fresh tomato and then drenched in a rich red sauce made with tomato paste and olive oil. Place the mixture in a bowl (dough will be very sticky) and add flour, 1 or 2 tablespoons at a time. In a food processor mix the chickpeas and tomato, do not over mix, the mixture should be grainy. Followed your advice above about baking and used canned chickpeas. Soak dried chickpeas overnight or for anywhere from 6-8 hours. These were amazing! Also you are not just pouring tomato sauce on top of the patties, you cover them with sauce and heat a bit more so that the patties are actually softened by the sauce. Hi Tomas, I have used both (canned and boiled from dry). I’ve made it with canned and beans cooked fr0m dry, also with fresh tomato, or canned tomato. Add scallions and saute for another five minutes. GET THE RECIPE […]. Why not baking powder. This recipe is absolutely amazing! Just drain them through a colander and rinse them well with cool water before using them in the recipe. If so, what is the method for baking? These taste so good and satisfying that you do not miss the meat at all, and they are pretty healthy. Soak them in a large pot and make sure chickpeas are covered with at least 2 inches of water. The beans need to be drained as well. © 2011-2020 OliveTomato All Rights Reserved. My husband is on a vegan diet for a few months (doctor’s orders) and I know even after the diet is over, I will continue making these. Perhaps you over mixed. Thank you! […] cheese, instead of meat, hence the name. These Easy Chickpea Patties are slightly crispy on the outside and tender and moist and flavorful on the inside. I made these but the small patties did not hold their shape in the oil. The next day, I fried a few eggs (in olive oil, naturally!) Thanks for this recipe. That’s what it literally translates to. That’s what I use in other ‘keftedes’ that use flour with main ingredient like tarama and onion to get the puffiness. You can try baking them at 350 F (175 C) for about 30-40 minutes, spray or brush olive oil over them before baking. If I’m using chickpeas from a can – do I then boil them in water? As I have been mentioning, my son has been on a Greek fast leading up to the Greek Easter and so our kitchen has become quite vegan for the past few weeks. These chickpea patties, or Revithokeftedes, are commonly served on Greek islands such as Chios, as well as other places throughout Greece. This recipe though is a bit different. And did I mention they are vegan? Fried them and they tasted like crap. Thank you Maria! Transfer chickpeas to medium bowl; stir in couscous, carrot, feta, 2 tablespoons dill, olives, egg white, and salt, stirring until mixture clumps together. Begin the sauce by heating the tomato paste, olive oil and water along with the sugar, salt and pepper in pan, let it come to a boil and then lower the heat. If you don’t receive it, please check your spam folder. These were so delicious. The baking soda helps the patties puff up so that they are light and airy. Keep adding water throughout the cooking process as needed. I’ll be doubling the recipe next time. These Easy Chickpea Patties are slightly crispy on the outside and tender and moist and flavorful on the inside. Of course the Greek cuisine and diet provides an abundance of vegan recipes, and this is one of them. To get a firm dough i had to add 1 1/2 cup of flour and even then they were very sticky. Use a food processor to mix all the ingredients together. My kids loved them. I made these last night for the family — delicious! Tomato paste may seem strange, but years ago it was used as a substitute for tomatoes when fresh ones were not available. I’ll have to try these as they look easier for home cooking than falafel, which incorporate bits of raw chickpeas, small fava beans or both, and must be deep-fried.