What to make for tiffin tomorrow? Is a worrying question most moms ask themselves. While tiffin ideas/options may pop up immediately most are not convincing enough for a mom who wishes to feed something substantial and nutritious to her child. Here is an extremely delicious and totally wholesome dish that you can make for your child’s tiffin, Nutritious Chickpea Patties – made with a super hit combination of grain, pulse and vegetables the Nutritious Chickpea Tikki is what every thoughtful mom should make for her child’s tiffin at least once a week.
The surprise and the most nourishing ingredient of the patties is broken wheat or dalia, something that every kid hates and one thing that every mom wants to feed her child.
Unlike the regular patties, these are made using Chickpeas and don’t have any trace of potatoes in them. No potatoes mean no worrying about too much starch, calories and fat going into the child. Chickpeas are high in protein, fat free and very nutritious making them the ideal food for growing kids. They blend so well that no one can make out what the patties are made of. Besides chickpeas, the patties have a mix of vegetables which supple fibre and vitamins while lending a yummy flavour. Just like chickpeas, the vegetables too blend well in the dish leaving everyone guessing what exactly it’s made of. The surprise and the most nourishing ingredient of the patties is broken wheat or dalia, something that every kid hates and one thing that every mom wants to feed her child. Trust me there is no better way of camouflaging dalia in a dish and serving it to the kids.
Vegetables like cauliflower, beetroot, grated lauki, etc can also be added to the patties. The patties can be enriched by mixing in some minced meat and can be served as starters or evening snack. Don’t limit to serving the patties only to your child they are ideal for all family members, especially the weight watchers.
Vegetable & Chickpea Patties Recipe
Makes 5 patties
1.5 cup Boiled Chickpeas / Garbanzo Beans / Kabuli Chana
¼ th cup shelled raw peas
1/4th cup cubes of carrots
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
½ teaspoon chopped ginger
1 green chilli
2 – 3 leaves of fresh spinach / palak
2 tablespoons chopped coriander
2 tablespoons chopped mint leaves
2 tablespoons broken wheat / dalia / lapsi, soaked in 2 tablespoons warm water
1 tablespoon besan / gram flour
Salt as per taste
Oil for cooking
Step 1 – Put peas, carrots, garlic, ginger, green chilli, spinach, coriander, mint leaves and salt in a mixer grinder jar and pulse till you get a coarse mixture as shown in image below. We do not want to puree the vegetables the mixture needs to be grainy.
Step 2 – Add in the chickpeas and soaked broken wheat and churn just once. The idea is to crush the chickpeas slightly so that they mash easily by hand. See the image of pattie mixture at this stage, below.
Step 3 – Remove the pattie mixture from the mixer jar in a dry bowl, add in the besan and mix lightly with hand. Add some more besan to get a firm and mouldable tikki mixture. Taste for salt and flavours, adjust accordingly.
Step 4 – Mould the pattie, you should be able to make 5 patties with this recipe. In a non-stick pan heat oil and then place the patties and cook them on slow flame, till golden brown on both sides. Remember the vegetables and broken wheat needs to cook so cook the tikkis for long on simmer.
The patties can be served with a dip, green chutney or ketchup. Make a huge batch and freeze them for instant hunger pangs. These also make an ideal travel snack / picnic snack. Make a chickpea burger using them if you fancy!
Till then, Love Being a Mommy!
Disclaimer: This article was originally written for Babychakra and published here.