Sunday, 16 July 2017

Chickpea Tikkis (cakes) and Saffron Soul book review.


It has been ages since I added a cook book to my collection. Saffron Soul by Mira Manek, is more like a journal than a vegetarian cook book, exploring her family's traditional recipes that she has grown up with. I like this book as it shows the author's personality and heritage which is similar to my own and it brings back my childhood memories of learning to cook with my mother and grandmother.


The book features many recipes shared by her family, together with new fusion recipes that have been inspired and adapted with ingredients of this day and age. The recipes are easy to follow and beautifully illustrated. Other than the recipes, I loved reading  the snippets of personal family history the author has shared together with her family photos.

There are many recipes in the book that I have grown up with and I can see similarities, however I also loved the fusion recipes such as Warm curried courgetti salad with maple chillied seeds, Quinoa Bhel on chilled watermelon and the Spelt and quinoa rotis.

Book Details :
Saffron Soul by Mira Manek
ISBN 978-1-911127-18-5
Retails  £20.00

My score for the book: 14/15

Content -5/5
Illustrations-5/5
Recipe Instructions-4

 **I was sent a copy of the book to review as always all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.





I have chosen to make the Chickpea tikkis, which are savoury cakes from the book. I have recreated the recipe with a few minor changes.




print recipe

Chickpea Tikkis
Chickpea pattis cooked with spices and herbs and shallow fried.
Ingredients:
  • 240 g Pre boiled white chickpeas.
  • 2 Spring onions finely chopped
  • 1 Red chilli finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Roasted peanuts ground coarsely
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh coriander finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon Corn flower
  • 1 tablespoon Water
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 3 tablespoons for shallow frying Sunflower oil
  • For serving-Hummus, pitta bread, salad and lemon wedges 

Method:
1. Put the chick peas in a large bowl and coarsely mash them with a potato masher.2. In a frying pan add 1 tablespoon of oil and when its hot add the spring onions and red chilli and saute for 2 minutes.3. Add the salt, chilli power, turmeric powder, coarsely ground peanuts and the mashed chickpeas. Mix together and cook for another 2-3 minutes until all the spices infuse.4. Take the mixture off the heat and allow to reach room temperature. Once cooled add the chopped coriander, lemon juice, corn flower and water so that you can bind the mixture into small golf sized balls.5. Flatten the balls into pattis and roll them in sesame seeds. Place on tray and chill f pattis or 30 minutes.6. Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan and shallow fry the pattis in small batches until golden brown on both sides, remove from pan and drain on kitchen paper.7. To serve toast some pitta bread and spread the inside with hummus, add salad and chick pea pattis and serve with lemon wedges.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 10 Tikkis

53 comments:

  1. Nice Review.. Haven't had this Chicken pea before, will try it out myself someday..

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  2. This recipe sounds yummy and the book sounds really interesting, it's always nice to hear a little more than just the recipes from an author x

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  3. Interesting tikkis... I love cookbooks and am a hoarder... the book sounds like a good one...

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  4. Aww, they look delicious. I had falafel burgers last week, a bit similar. Now that I saw these I want them too. Sesame seeds must give the tikkis a lovely flavour.

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  5. Fabulous post hun - 14/15 is a very high score , so I'm going to have to give this book a go as it sounds right up my street! xx I love chickpeas and those tikkis looks scrumptious! x
    Marina Rosie x

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  6. O those look delicious and a great meal! I love anything chickpeas and loaded with great spices!

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  7. These look great! THe cookbook does, too. I will have to try to get it at my library to see if I would like to buy it. THanks for sharing!

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  8. You've given it a very high score. I should be adding this to my collection too.

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  9. These look so good! This books sounds so good since you gave it such a high score! I'm going to have to grab one for myself!

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  10. Nice book and review, I like those recipes which are passed down in the family. Tikkis looks tempting.

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  11. Mmm.... now I'm starrrrrrrrrrrrrving!

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  12. I really love chickpeas but unfortunately they're not allowed on my diet. Still looks pretty fantastic, though. Definitely bookmarking for a cheat day or something...

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  13. I love chickpeas and haven't tried it prepared this way. This looks so good. I might have to try to make this. Thanks for the recipe!

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  14. I like recipe books that are more like journals than just ingredients so I like that she shows her personality through her cooking! x

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  15. My aunt is really into her cooking and would love this recipe and book, thanks for sharing x

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  16. These sound lovely and I love that they don't take forever to make! Nice work! xxx

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  17. These look so nice! I'm going to have to make these for my nanny children. I bet they would like them. Plus they are healthy so even better

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  18. I love the idea of the recipe book being a bit more then just that. An insight into the authors back ground and life. The dish you whipped up looks incredibly delicious too.

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  19. Yum, those look absolutely delicious! That cook book looks great, I love that it is more like a journal

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  20. liked this recipe but even more lovely is the many recipes you have showcased here. Glad to follow your blog

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  21. I can imagine how flavorsome these chickpea tikkis cakes are, with all those spices in them. They seem really easy to make as well.

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  22. Reading your post instantaneous made me extremely hungry :))

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  23. These look so good! Bookmarked for when I need a quick snack/pick me up!

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  24. Nice Review and Recipe Also thanks to Share..

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  25. Those chickpea patties look really good

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  26. Nice recipe, i would love to try this

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  27. The review was a good read. This meal also looks delicious. I may just make it this evening :) www.healthyliving894.com

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  28. This sounds like a wonderful book full of fantastic recipes. I must add it to my list!

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  29. I have never tried this type of recipe, but it looks scrumptious enough to give it a shot. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  30. This recipe sounds delicious! I like chickpeas but never really know what to do with them so I'll definitely try making this myself.

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  31. Delish recipe. I haven't bought a cookbook in ages. This looks like a great addition.

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  32. Chickpeas are a big favourite in our house so we'll definitely try this out x

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  33. Yum these look so good! I have to try these and they look super healthy!

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  34. Delicious looking tikkis.. The addition of peanuts must have given a different flavour to them.

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  35. This sounds like a cookbook that my husband would love. I am adding it to his Christmas wish list.

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  36. Sounds like an amazing book, will have to try this recipe out, I like chickpeas

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  37. I love recipe books that are more like stories. I always wished I'd spent my childhood baking with my matriarchs but food was/is a very tough topic in our family :-/. Now trying to figure out if I can make these for my husband without him realising how healthy they are!

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  38. I would definitely try these out! Look delicious!

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  39. These are perfect for vegetarians! I once had a chickpea pattie burger at a local restaurant because I couldn't choose the meat option at that restaurant, and that was the first time I was trying a chickpea pattie. This is a great recipe, will try it soon.

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  40. Oh I've not heard of these before, they look delicious! Healthy too, I'm going to have to give these a try mmm.. x
    Cutepandaa

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  41. These look yummy and are quite easy to make! I might give them a try as an alternative to a burger :)

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  42. Looks delicious at the same time healthy too. I often makes it obviously My version of it. My family likes it.

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  43. I haven't heard this recipe before. How did you like it? Especially with a picky eater, it's great to know. Thanks.

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  44. Looks yum! I could try this one soon since the ingredients are all readily available in the market. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  45. It looks so yummy and kinda easy recipe! I think i will try it and let you know how it went :D

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  46. These sound delicious, I will look out for this book

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  47. Sounds super interesting. And it is good that the ingredients should be pretty easy to get.

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  48. These look amazing! I am always on the look out for quick and easy veggie recipes for dinner etc - these look perfect!

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  49. I'm going to have to check this out! Looks great!

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  50. This looks delicious! I love anything with chickpeas. I definitely want to try this. :)

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  51. I love recipe books that tell a story of how dishes were enjoyed in a family or how they were created around friends. It makes for a delicious meal and read.

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  52. I never had chickpea cakes before but I am assuming this would taste heavenly. I love buying cookbooks that contain something like heirloom recipes that you can't find anywhere. Thanks for the review of the Saffron Soul cookbook. I want to go and pick up a copy!

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  53. I saw a picture of this creation on Instagram. Looks so good!

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