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Thursday, 18 September 2008

Bread filler - time saver.


I rarely blog about packed lunch food mainly because I can’t manage to get a photo of the food at this time of the day or in the morning. It is quite sad as I think you would have loved some of them.

I usually make chickpea patties in advance and freeze them ‘raw’ until I need them. I then just deep fry or bake them when I need to. No need to defrost. It’s a real time saver when you need a bread filler. And it’s a change from store bought burgers and sausages.
You can have this patty with some salad leaves. I actually wanted a bit of mushrooms and greens. So, I had some
Mushroom and Pak Choi Stir Fry as well in the bread.

Ingredients (4-6 patties):

1 can of chick peas (drained) or 250g boiled
1 large potato, boiled
1 red onion finely chopped
Bunch of fresh thyme leaves (scrape leaves from twigs) or just use dried thyme
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon minced garlic and ginger
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
½ cup cornflour (for coating)
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil (for deep frying or baking)

  • Mash the chickpeas with the potatoes.
  • Add the chopped onions, thyme, minced garlic, ginger and 1 tablespoon flour.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Mix well.
  • If you are baking these, preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Mix the paprika with cornflour.
  • Make small balls with the dough. Make sure they are tight, otherwise they might disintegrate when frying.
  • Roll in cornflour.
  • Flatten to make small patties.
  • For baking, coat each patty with some oil and place in oven for about 20 minutes.
  • Or deep fry in hot oil.
  • Drain on absorbent kitchen paper. Allow to cool before placing in bread rolls.

Add your favourite sauces!


  1. This sounds lovely...will give this a try...

  2. I LOVE anything with chickpeas in it and these would be perfect for school! I must give them a try soon =)

  3. Chickpeas are the best! These sound great, and so easy to make too.

  4. oh my goodness! these sound sooo good! and you're right - perfect for lunches! i like that they're so versatile you can top them with pretty much anything you like! thanks for the recipe! hoooooooooooooray for yummies! :D

  5. Your lunch looks pretty delicious :)
    Awesome idea to freeze the patties raw!

    P.S I moved my blog to wordpress, please come and visit me :)

  6. I am a sandwich tramp. I am exposing my daughter to burgers I grew up with, but we are vegetizing(I made that word up) them, so we are trying a new burger each week for the next three weeks.

  7. I am all about fast lunches, so a big thank you from me!

  8. Looks fantastic - how about if you make my lunch for tomorrow???

    I am jealous of your lunch box! :)

  9. These look so delicious, I love anything with chickpeas and mushrooms so this looks delish!


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