Sunday's dinner on the OT Veggie Meal Plan.

Ingredients

Serves: 2 (each serving is approximately 510 kcal)

  • 1 small onion
  • 1 knob of root ginger (you need 1 tablespoon finely grated)
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 long sweet red pepper
  • 2 scallions
  • 2 tablespoons rapeseed oil (30g)
  • ½ teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • ½ teaspoon mild curry powder or paste
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric 
  • 80g frozen peas
  • 200g leftover cooked, peeled potatoes 
  • 200g tin chickpeas (or use ½ 400g tin – you need 120g)
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour (30g)
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 round wholemeal pitta breads (50g each)
  • 80g baby spinach leaves
  • salt (optional) 
  • freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Peel the onion, then cut in half and finely chop. Peel the ginger and then finely grate – you'll need one tablespoon in total. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half. Cut the red pepper in half and remove the seeds and core, then thinly slice. Trim and thinly slice the scallions.
  2. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat. Add half the oil and fry the onion for a few minutes, until softened. Add the ginger and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Stir in the chilli flakes, curry powder or paste, turmeric and peas and cook for another minute or so. Remove from the heat.
  3. If the potatoes are already mashed, just put them into a large bowl. If they are whole, roughly chop them down. Drain the chickpeas and rinse in the sink, using a sieve, under running water then dry well with kitchen paper. Roughly chop on a chopping board and add to the potatoes with the onion and pea mixture.
  4. Add half the flour with a squeeze of lemon juice to the potato mixture and season lightly with salt (optional) and pepper to taste. Stir well to combine. Divide into two balls, then lightly dust in the rest of the flour and then shape into patties.  
  5. Wipe out the frying pan and reheat over a medium heat. Add the rest of oil and cook the patties for 6–8 minutes, until crisp and lightly golden, turning once with a fish slice. 
  6. Toast the pitta breads and arrange on plates with the spinach leaves, cherry tomatoes, red pepper and scallions. Put a spicy potato and chickpea patties on each one to serve.

Prepare Ahead
These spicy potato and chickpea patties can be made up to 3 days in advance and kept covered with cling film on a plate until ready to cook. Leftover portions of this recipe can be put in the fridge within 2 hours of cooking and can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Only reheat the patties once in the microwave when ready to eat or serve cold. If transporting bring cutlery with you.