Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Independence Day Grill: The Alternative Burger



The Israel-dwellers among my gentle readers are probably still contemplating their bellies in pain and reflecting on the gorging fest they may have taken part in lately, otherwise known as "the Yom Ha'atzmaut Mangal". We discussed this interesting anthropological phenomenon last year. And, without fail, the woods were thick with meaty smoke this year, too.

We were invited to a barbecue (=mangal) at the home of dear friends, and in lieu of vegetable skewers I decided to bring something else. A short search on google for vegan patties yielded all sorts of things, but none of the versions really captured the spirit of the holiday. Since this is Israel, I wanted the patties to have a bit of falafel aroma, which you can obtain using cumin and turmeric and paprika; also, the patties have a mix of lentils and chickpeas. I use oat bran to bond them together. They held nicely on the grill and were all eaten immediately (by us and by the meat eaters!). Not a morsel was left. Fortunately, my friend Ilan was around with his new camera and managed to take a picture before they disappeared.

Vegan Patties with a Hint of Falafel

3 cups green lentils
1/2 cup chickpeas
1/2-3/4 cup oat bran
5 garlic cloves
3 tbsps cumin
3 tbsps turmeric
1 tbsp paprika
big handful of parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Soak lentils and chickpeas in water; chickpeas take longer - a few hours - but lentils are happy after they're soaked for twenty minutes or so. Then, strain and cook in a big pot of water until tender. Strain again, saving about 1/2 cup of the liquid.
Place lentils and chickpeas in food processor bowl. Add 1/4 cup oat bran and process. Add water if the thing refuses to puree, and oat bran gradually until the lentil paste can be shaped into small burgers that hold their shape. Add spices and parsley and garlic and keep processing. Taste to correct - since ingredients are cooked, it'll give you a pretty good idea of what it'll taste like eventually.

Place gently on grill (preferably on a tray, though these things don't fall apart so easy), and eat with pita, tchina and vegetables.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hadar, you and Chad still in Israel? Are you coming to the bay area to visit before I leave in August? I hope I get to see you! I am so happy to be home, you wouldn't hardly believe.
-eden

Hadar said...

Hi Eden! Good to hear from you. I'll be in the BA through August, and Chad only joins me in October. I bet you're happy to come back to familiar territory!

Shunra said...

Hey, I miss your blog... ...is it taking leave of absence for a while?

Hadar said...

Hi, Shunra... yeah, it's been a while. I was actually going to post about a great black lentil salad, but am very busy with the process of leaving the country (!!!). I'll be back, though, albeit probably from closer to your neck of the woods.

Almost Vegetarian said...

I adore this sort of food: Healthy, tasty, and filling. The fact that it is pretty easy to make is a bonus.

Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Just found your blog - it's great! I'm looking forward to trying some of your recipes.

martie

SuperMommy said...

Hi Hadar - Is there a way I can contact you by email? I moved from Oakland to Jerusalem with my husband and daughter a few months ago. We're here for another 9 months. I have a huge interest in food, health, healing with the help of food, and cooking, but I am having a hard time knowing where to find the ingredients I am so used to finding so easily in the Bay Area, here in Jerusalem. I'd love to ask you a few questions... I'm at galadam@earthlink.net. Thanks and L'Shana Tova Umetuka. - Gal

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