Falafel Pav Burgers or Chana Tikki Pav is a fusion dish that got created on demand. I am best known for such fusion dishes when it comes to my kids’ meal. I can’t be fussing about the origin of the dish nor try to see if this really belongs to some specific cuisine. The tikkis I made for today is similar to the Falafel that can be sandwiched in a Pita Bread.
Both Konda and Peddu love bread in any form. So I really get creative most times to make their meal interesting in the way they like. Most times, even a simple pav, toasted with butter or garlic butter gets disappeared. So imagine when I stuff tikkis and make it even more elaborate.
This is what happened when I had the prepared the chickpea dough for making Revithokeftedes or the Greek Chickpea Fritters. I modified the recipe to make it suitable for the kid’s lunch. I was little skeptical about the grilled cheese part. I sent it ahead because they said they will love it. I was told it tasted great even cold. So care should be taken to ensure you don’t burn you pav.
Falafel Pav Burgers
For the Tikkis
1 cup Kabuli Chana Dried chickpea
1/4 cup Onions
1/2 cup Potato boiled and mashed
2 tbsp Coriander Leaves
1/2 tsp Garlic minced
Salt to taste
1 tsp Cumin seeds
2 tsp Red Chili flakes
Cooking Oil for pan frying
Other ingredients to assemble
2 Pav Buns
1 Cheese Slice
Peanut Garlic Chutney
How to make Falafel
Wash and soak the chickpeas overnight.
Change the water couple of times and pressure cook till soft.
Then allow to cool. Pulse to a coarse mix along with coriander leaves, garlic, onions, coriander leaves, cumin seeds.
Microwave the potato for 4 mins, peel the skin and mash well.
Transfer the chickpea batter to a bowl, add mashed potato, salt and combine everything together. Form into small or medium sized balls or patties. Refrigerate for couple hours if not using right away or freeze until using.
Just before serving, heat a nonstick pan, make small patties and cook the patties on both sides till done.
You could deep fry these as well.
Drain onto a kitchen towel
To assemble the pav
Slice through the pav center and toast it well.
Spread the chutney if using or place the cheese slice on the bottom, place the tikkis, sprinkle pepper powder and close.
Serve right away or pack for lunch!