February 5, 2012

Coconut curry chickpea patties

This week, I invented a recipe!

I made bean burgers many times back in Chicago, but hadn't made them since moving because I didn't have a food processor (that barely qualifies as an excuse, but I'm sticking to it).

Another excuse, and tell me if I'm being crazy: the bake shops in grocery stores out here don't sell individual sandwich rolls. Since I don't feel comfortable right now buying a loaf of bread or a package of 100 calorie sandwich thins, I've pretty much just given up on bread for now. In Chicago, I'd walk to the store, buy one as I needed it, and was satisfied. Here, they sell bagels and baked goods, but not rolls. Is that a California thing? Or just my town? (Yes, I tried all four grocery stores.)

But all week, I wanted a bean burger, and so finally, yesterday, my plans came together and I made this:

My food photography skills are lacking. But that is a coconut curry chickpea patty, and it was incredibly delicious. I ate two of them plain, and will be having the leftovers today over fresh spinach. It would be nice as an actual sandwich on bread, for sure. But for now, it was just plain.
1 15-oz. can chickpeas
4 tbsp. coconut flakes
1/2 c. plain breadcrumbs
3 egg whites
1 tbsp. curry powder
In a food processor, pulse chickpeas until they are piecemeal - broken up, but NOT so much that they are a hummus consistency. Here is a picture of mine:

Put chickpeas in a medium-sized mixing bowl and fold in coconut, breadcrumbs, egg whites, and curry powder until well combined. Form mixture into 4 patties and cook them in a skillet over medium heat for about 3 minutes per side, until slightly browned (or, as I did, for about 3 minutes on my George Foreman grill).

Here is the nutrition information with the ingredients I used:

You could use any curry spice you like; I used one that I bought at the Spice House the last time I was in Chicago: Vadouvan, a mild French-style masala curry. Next time, I think I'll kick up the spice a bit. The sweetness of the coconut was delicious, but I think some heat would complement it very well.

What about you? Have you ever invented a recipe? What is your favorite kind of sandwich? Can you buy individual rolls at your grocery store? (If so, I'm a bit jealous, not gonna lie.)


SheZug said...

Raley's & Albertson's & SaveMart sell individual bread items, you just have to look near the tempting donuts in the case or by the fried chicken display. You can also ask the bakery clerk to wrap you up one or two.

Jordan said...

I remember being in Oregon a few years ago looking for a place that would make me a sandwich. In NY state there are delis everywhere, even at gas stations. So I stopped in a place that had "Deli" on the sign and ... nooo sandwiches. Same happened in Wyoming. I think being able to buy fixins for individual sammiches is an eastern thing. I've been eating my hamburgers bun-less for the same reason. All the flavor is in the middle part anyway!

Anonymous said...

Those sound really amazing. I wonder if I can make them and not tell B that they're veggie burgers...hmmmm...

I adapt recipes all the time, but don't do as much creating. I do make tuna patties (homemade fish sticks, yay!)that I have never known a recipe for.

My favorite type of sandwich is hot. Seriously. I cannot eat cold meat whatsoever and cold sandwiches and I do not get along. Otherwise, I like a sub with chicken, bacon, veggies, with a southwestern/chipotle mayo and bbq sauce. That's my favorite.

I know you can buy individual rolls at the stores here in Germany; but unless you really know what you're looking for I don't think I'd risk it. German pastries are weird.

Amy said...

I rarely follow recipes except for baking and chicken. Usually I'll just glance at them and then get creative.

One of my favourite recipes I didn't really create, but made based on trying something else was a quinoa salad. It is cooked quinoa (then cooled) with cubed feta, onions, red and green peppers and cucumber with olive oil and balsamic vinegar mixed over the batch. It's incredibly good when you let it sit for a day in the fridge.

Ann said...

Mary - those look DELICIOUS!!!! :)

Tim said...

I'm not creative enough to invent something so yummy looking as this. My favourite type of sandwich is a classic bacon sandwich made with our bacon, not American bacon :P

Anonymous said...

Maybe you could use large lettuce leaves as your 'bun'. I live by myself so never buy bread either, individual rolls are not available. I have purchased packages of Sandwich Thins and frozen them, I usually toast them quick and they're ready to go.

I have a few recipes that I have made up along the way, but nothing so involved as this. Anyone can throw together a casserole or salad - that's me. :)