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Recipe: Indian chickpea fritters with tzatziki

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Indian chickpea fritter
Serve with Intellego Chenin Blanc 2016.

Perfect post-work snack.

Serves 4

Ingredients:
400g dried chickpeas, soaked overnight in cold water
2 tbsp (30ml) olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 tsp (5ml) ground coriander
1 tsp (5ml) ground cumin
1 tsp (5ml) turmeric
1 chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
¼ cup (60ml) fresh breadcrumbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
15g fresh coriander, roughly chopped
Juice of ½ lemon
Vegetable oil, for frying
Butter lettuce, for serving
Tzatziki, for serving

Method:
How to cook dried chickpeas:
Drain chickpeas and rinse under cold running water.

Transfer chickpeas to a pot and cover with double the amount of water. Bring to the simmer and cook, covered for about 1 hour or until chickpeas are tender.

Drain and allow to cool before making the fritters.

Alternatively. if you are using canned chick peas, open tin, drain and rinse well.

For the chickpea fritters:
Heat olive oil in a frying pan and gently sauté onion, garlic, ground coriander, cumin, turmeric and chilli for a few minutes or until soft and fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.

Place chickpeas into a bowl and using a fork, crush lightly until relatively smooth but still chunky. Add the fried onions, breadcrumbs, egg and chopped coriander to the chickpeas and mix to combine. Season with salt, freshly ground pepper and squeeze of lemon juice.

Shape into small patties and refrigerate for 30 minutes, allowing them to firm slightly.

Heat a little oil in a frying pan and fry patties for about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Serve warm in butter lettuce cups topped with tzatziki.

Wine pairing:
This full-flavoured but not particularly spicy apetizer is pretty versatile with wine – a Chenin Blanc with good fruit concentration should work well.

Recipe supplied by Source Food – a Cape Town-based food agency that specializes in experiential marketing. They will create a recipe or meal to communicate your brand’s message.

  • Recipe supplied by Source Food – a Cape Town-based food agency that specializes in experiential marketing. They will create a recipe or meal to communicate your brand’s message.

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