Updated: Oct 1, 2019
I have diligently been working on a vegetarian version of the Persian Kotlet (meat Pattie). Since Persian food is mostly made with red meat, I am determined more than ever to come up with vegetarian alternatives. Its not going to be easy but hey I think I'm up to the task. This variation can also be eaten hot, room temp or cold. This has become a wonderful addition to my rotation of meals I make.
Yields: 15-20 patties (depending on size)
Total prep/cook: 1 hour plus 4 hours for soaking of the beans
2 cups Chickpeas/soaked
2 large Potatoes
1 medium Onion
3 Garlic Cloves
2tsp Kosher Salt
1tsp Black Pepper
1/4tsp Aleppo Pepper
1/2TBS Red Pepper Flakes
1 cup neutral oil(for cooking)
1)Place the chickpeas in a pot and cover with water, bring to a boil. Then shut the heat off, place the lid on and let it sit for 4 hours. An alternative is to soak it overnight on your kitchen counter.
**DO NOT USE can chickpeas.
2)Boil the potatoes until fully cooked, then proceed to peel and grate them finely. Place it in a large bowl.
3)In a food processor bowl, place the chickpeas and break them down to a relative fine chop, you still want texture. Now add the chick pea to the potato mixture. Then place the onion and garlic to the food process and chop until it is finely chopped and add it the mixture.
4)Now add the rest of the ingredients with the exception of the oil. Knead it for about 5 min or until it is fully incorporated.
5)Get your hands damp and get about half cup portions and start shaping them into an oval shape and then finally flatten them. They can also be shaped into round patties too.
**I have given you a portioning guide but you can make them smaller as well.
6)Next, warm your skillet on a medium heat and pour about 1/2 cup of oil and start placing the Kotlets into the skillet to brown on both sides. Keep an eye on the oil level after each batch.
7)When cooked/browned, place them onto a paper towel lined tray to drain any excess oil. Serve immediately or room temp. This is great with any kind of bread, fries, sliced tomato, pickles, onions or whatever you feel is appropriate. ENJOY!