Meatless Monday : Falafel burgers with mango salsa

It's shaping up to be a great Bank Holiday Monday here in Yorkshire -  the sun is shining after the early morning mist.  Time to relax and have fun.

These falafel burgers are just the ticket served in pitta breads with some mango salsa - crunchy outside, soft inside and quick to make too. Falafel originated in the Egypt but is eaten all over the Middle East. Falafel can be made with fava (broad) beans or chickpeas or a mixture of both.   We still have some broad beans from the allotment which we froze so I am using some of these but you can use just chickpeas if you haven't any to hand.

Falafel burgers with mango salsa

Makes 4 burgers
You will need
1/2 onion, peeled and chopped
400g can chickpeas, drained and dried on kitchen paper
100g fava (broad) beans 
1 rounded tbsp chickpea (gram) flour
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
Olive oil spray

For the salsa
100g frozen mango defrosted
1 green chilli, seeds removed and finely chopped
1/4 red pepper, diced (optional)
1/4 small red onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
fresh coriander, chopped
Pitta bread to serve

Place the onion, chickpeas, fava beans if using, cumin and coriander in a high speed blender and combine - the mixture can be smooth or you can make it chunky if you prefer.
Stir in the chickpea flour and turn out onto a chopping board.  Press the mixture together and divide into 4.  Shape each portion into a burger.  

Spray a baking tray with olive oil spray and place the burgers on the tray.  Spray the burgers with olive oil spray then place in an oven at 200 degrees, turning once halfway through the cooking time.  

Recipe © 2016 40plusandalliswell

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