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Moomin's Allergy-friendly Chickpea Burgers and Potato Scones

Moomin is avoiding dairy and wheat, amongst other things, for her daughter Minky, a fact that forces her to be a bit more inventive when it comes to BLW cooking, I am glad to say. Luckily, she is pretty generous with her findings and we all benefit from her investigations.
Seriously, though, my pal was showing me the other day how difficult it is to exclude dairy. You wouldn't believe it, there is milk powder in jars of organic ratatouille…

Recipe for chickpea burgers:
Whizz together 1 tin of chickpeas, 110g gram
flour, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp coriander, 4 spring onions, 4 garlic cloves and a bit
of water. Shape a bit into a patty and fry on each side for five mins. Makes
about 8, so I freeze the leftovers (7!) and they're good for taking out with us.
I slice them in half lengthways so Minky can get a good grip on them. My husband
reckons they're a bit bland but they do have a pleasant texture.

As I
mentioned, we have a very allergic-y family (name a food group, I'll find someone
that can't have it). I'm avoiding wheat, dairy, citrus, fish, berries, nuts. It
does make life a bit more difficult. However, we are doing okay at finding
alternatives. Have got some recipes for corn tortillas, buckwheat pancakes,
onion bhajis and potato scones. I've only tried potato scones so far and they're
good if you want to get away from the normal potato wedges, boiled potatoes

Recipe for potato scones:
255g mashed potato, 1tsp baking
powder, 55g rice flour, 1/2 tsp salt (eeek – I guess you could leave this out). Mix together, roll into a ball and
roll out into a 5mm thick circle. I cut bits out of it with a pastry cutter and
then fried until brown. You can add butter and milk to the mashed potato if
you're normal.

I am normal and I love potato scones, so I will go mad and add both. In sunny Scotland, home of the tattie scone, though, what we do is use plain flour (if we aren't avoiding wheat) and rather than using pastry cutters you can just roll out a thin circle of dough on a floured surface to fit the size of a small frying pan. Making sure that there was a good shoogle of flour on the circle I would then dry-fry it, as this makes the trademark dark brown spots appear on the potato scone and they add to the flavour (and they then look spookily like the ones you buy in the shops). Plus, I'm thinking that if you dry-fry them they might keep better. Technically, tattie scones are an excellent way of using up leftover mashed potato but it's academic in our house as such a thing rarely occurs.

And I reckon that some salt sprinkled on mummy and daddy's chickpea burgers will sort out the blandness issue. Gram flour is, of course, just chickpea flour and readily available from Asian stores. Thanks for the recipes, Moomin.

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14 Responses to “Moomin's Allergy-friendly Chickpea Burgers and Potato Scones”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi there,
    Your veggie recipe sounds really good, I'll have to try it. I got one to share that is a crowd pleaser. I made them for a party and everyone copied the recipe. Try these on your hisband!
    Pecan Lentil Burger
    3/4 cup uncooked green lentils
    3/4 cup pecans
    4 cloves garlic
    1 1/2 teasppon cumin
    1 1/2 teaspoon coriander
    1 teaspoon chili flakes
    3 tablesppons olive oil
    3/4 cup bread crumbs (may use wheatless bread such as spelt, or any kind of wheatless subsitute)
    1 egg (optional-I've made it without and they were fine)
    Cook lentils according to package directions until tender…approx 25 minutes. Drain.
    Roast pecans at 300 – 325 for 10-15 minutes. (Use your own discretion with temperature and timing because I find the pecans can burn fast) Set aside.
    In food processor, mince garlic;add pecans, mince;add lentils, spices, bread crumbs and olive oil. Puree until dough-like. Put mixture into big bowl and work in egg if you choose to. Form into patties and fry on pan with a bit of oil.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Trying to avoid giving our baby wheat so the allergy information and recipes are really helpful. The chickpea burgers were happily demolished and I had mine with a huge dollop of mango chutney. I didn't have any rice flour at the time so I made the potato scones with Buckwheat flour and followed Aitch's advice about dry frying. They did look a bit odd using that flour and have a strange taste, but wee one didn't know any difference and ate 3 with no mess! Have bought some Dove Farm all purpose gluten free white flour to make them again so maybe they will be more like the real thing this time. Any more recipes??

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am working on Moomin as we speak, Lorna…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Oooh, I feel all proud! Glad you enjoyed them. They are a firm favourite in this house and are generally used for takeaway purposes. Minky liberally sprinkled bits of burger over the carpet in Starbucks on Saturday whilst her Dad and I ate our lunch. I love the naughtiness of not supervising her in public!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Tried both recipes and they were great, but have to admit that I ate them myself as my munchkin is only two days into blw so has only had a bit of blackened pepper and banana so far but i'm 'practicing' and there are 7 chickpea burgers in the freezer ready and waiting!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Mmmmmm… we had the chickpea burgers last night for tea, and I have saved two to give to notsotall for lunch today. I think I did very well saving these last two – they are lovely. I mixed in some black pepper and a bit of lemon juice to mine. We had them with some roasted cod and courgettes, but I'd imagine they'd be lovely with some raita and a spicy curry or dahl.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Just to add….the potato scones are actually REALLY yummy made with sweet potato instead! Made them for my tiny cousins (Mini-pig is only 14 weeks so I'm trying out recipies on the dinky relatives!) and they adored them!

  8. Anonymous says:

    We tried potato scones with sweet potato last week. Minky much preferred them to boring old potato!

  9. Anonymous says:

    So good! Thanks! Have finally found a use for the random tin of chickpeas i the back of my cupboard. I have had 2 with a load of hellmans (I'm not posh, me) and the Munch is carefully picking up the crumbs of hers from the playmat. I dont think we are going to get any in the freezer!
    Am off to try the Onion Bhaji's later….

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hi there
    Just tried these out with my 10 month old. Not following any allergy guidelines here but they are delicious and will be used again.
    Many thanks Moomin

  11. Anonymous says:

    Finally got myself together enought to make these… truly yum.
    of course as an inveterate faffer i mucked about with the recipe so i substituted the juice of a lemon for the water, and some finely chopped onion for the scallions (largely cos i didn't have any in the house). then i ballsed up because it wasn't wet enough and i splashed too much water into it. idiot.
    however, all was rescued with an extra can of chickpeas which i barely pulsed in the whizzer, so in future i think i would reserve half the can of chickpeas until later in the recipe, just to add a difference in texture.
    really delicious in little pitta breads with salad and yoghurt. (oh yeah, and Babybear liked them too…)

  12. Anonymous says:

    although thinking about it if i was making these for a young baby i'd whizz it quite well probably, as those little chickpeas might be quite the choking hazard.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Made both of these for DD in our first fortnight of BLW and they were both successes.
    Tattie scones are yummy (so DD informs me!) with cream cheese or butter spread on them.
    My chickpea burgers were quite dry and crumbly so I mixed them up with a little yogurt and voila a lovely mushy spread I loaded onto rice cakes and DD sucked away.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Have just made our 3rd lot of chickpea burgers (we do half a tin of chickpeas at a time – so 4 burgers – as they seem to go down better fresh) and just wanted to post a thank you to moomin for the great recipe. M definitely has problems with dairy, and we're avoiding egg too til she's at least one, so it's nice to find some recipes I don't need to doctor!
    And I reckon they are yum when bunged in half a pitta bread with a liberal coating of hummus.
    Will have to try the (sweet) potato scones next…

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