Recipe: Chickpea Cakes With Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce
One of our favorite events every summer is The Sylvia Center’s Farm-to-Table dinner, hosted by Great Performances in the fields of Katchkie Farm in Kinderhook, N.Y. The mission of The Sylvia Center is to inspire young people and their families to eat well through hands-on learning experiences on the farm and in the kitchen. Madeleine Fischer, program coordinator at The Sylvia Center, offers us recipes the teenagers are learning to make.
We made this week’s recipe in our teen class. It was one of those meals that no student had tried before and that all students walked away praising. Inspired by its incorporation of a sauce and a dressing, we discussed how and when to use each one and their power to enhance any dish. We also love this recipe for its use of legumes as a source of vegetable protein. The teens proved to themselves that it is possible to create a tasty and filling burger without meat! Breaking down the chickpeas gives them a whole new character that yields the foundation for a buttery, nutty, light yet satisfying patty. The yogurt sauce is simple and creamy, making it the perfect counterpart to the rich cakes. The slaw adds a delightful tangy crunch with spices that complement the rest of the meal.
Chickpea Cakes with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce
Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen
1 large cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and shredded
Salt and pepper
1 ½ cup plus 6 tablespoons 2-percent Greek yogurt
9 scallions, sliced thick
½ cup fresh cilantro, minced
2 ¼ cup canned chickpeas, rinsed
3 large eggs
¼ cup olive oil
¾ teaspoon garam masala
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup panko bread crumbs
3 shallots, minced
Lime or lemon wedges for serving
Pita for serving
1. Toss cucumber and ¾ teaspoon salt together and let drain in colander for 15 minutes. Combine drained cucumber, 1 ½ cup yogurt, 3 tablespoons scallions, and 3 tablespoons cilantro in bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste; set aside.
2. Mash by hand or pulse chickpeas in food processor to coarse puree with some large pieces remaining, 5-8 pulses, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Do not over process— the texture helps the patties stick together and prevents mushiness.
3. In medium bowl, whisk egg, 2 tablespoons oil, garam masala, ¼ teaspoon salt, and cayenne together. Gently stir in panko, remaining scallions, remaining cilantro, and shallot until just combined. Divide bean mixture into 18 lightly packed balls and gently flatten each ball into 1-inch thick patty.
4. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in nonstick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Gently place patties in skillet and cook until well browned on first side, 4 to 5 minutes. Gently flip patties and continue to cook until well browned on second side, 4 to 5 minutes.
5. Serve by stuffing pitas with chickpea cakes, slaw, and cucumber yogurt sauce with lime or lemon wedges on the side.
Coleslaw with Cilantro Lime Dressing
Serves 6-9 as a side
1 small red cabbage, or a mix of red and green cabbage, sliced thinly
3 carrots, grated
½ onion, sliced thinly
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 limes, juiced
2 T cilantro, minced
½ teaspoon cumin
1. In a large bowl, combine cabbage, carrots and onion. Toss to combine.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, cilantro and cumin. Slowly add the olive oil while continuously whisking. Pour over cabbage mixture and combine thoroughly.