After a long winter deep in the Brooklyn cave we like to call the Tomato Estate, where fragrant sausages and late night snacks of goat cheese and olives were regularly washed down with delightful foreign and local vintages as no snowstorm raged outside, we have decided to go Vegan for a while.
Just how boring is this? After the initial shock of butterlessness and soy lattes, not so boring, truth be told. We may even start preaching the wonders of this kind of eating, and suggest to omnivores that a month or so of dairy-free, meat-free, and even wheat-free dining is just what the doctor should order. At the risk of being a bore -- we must say, this regime has quickly paid off in a trimmer waistline, brighter eyes, and softer, smoother skin.
Therefore, we offer this recipe for Quinoa Chickpea pancakes. The grated onion gives them the whif of potato latke, while the cumin conjures ever so subtle-like the rememberance of falafels gone by. They are best eaten right as they jump out of the fry-pan crisped up in olive oil, but can also be refrigerated or frozen, then oven or pan-crisped before plating.
Here we serve them with a dollop of Romesco Sauce and Cilantro Pesto, both vegan recipes available on this site if you do a little search under "Eating In" to the left here. If you are not feeling hard-core in the vegan department, they would also go great with tzaziki, that garlicky Greek yogurt concoction that enhances almost everything savory.
Quinoa Chickpea Pancakes
(makes 8 pancakes for 4 servings)
1 cup chickpea flour
1 cup water
2 tbsp. tamari soy sauce or Bragg's
¼ tsp. cayenne
1 tsp. cumin ground
3 tbsp. red onion, grated
1 cup cooked red quinoa
¼ cup olive oil, for cooking
Whisk together chickpea flour, water, tamari, cayenne, cumin, and onion. Stir in the cooked quinoa and let stand 10 minutes.
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a frying pan and add pancakes in 1/4 cup measures. Cook until dark golden brown, 1-1/2 to 2 minutes each side. Add more oil as needed.
Drain on paper towels. Makes about eight 4" pancakes.