Homemade Falafel Burger with Turkish Ezme

I absolutely adore the flavours of the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. A couple of encounters with Turkish and Lebanese restaurants (in Cheltenham and Canterbury, respectively) have left me hooked and this has very much become my favourite food of mine.

Today’s recipe is a homage to my love for this kind of cooking, and is a fusion of flavours and cultures. The falafel burger bursts with indelible flavour, and is complemented by the spicy, hot and exotic tones of the ezme, a Turkish salsa-esque salad.

Falafel Burgers

Ingredients (Makes 2)

1 can of chick peas, drained

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic

1 sprig of fresh parsley, chopped

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1 handful of watercress

4 leaves of fresh Basil, chopped

2 eggs

Method

Blitz all ingredients together in a food processor. Then make the mixture into burger shapes and arrange on baking paper. Place in oven at 200 degrees C for 20 mins, or until golden brown.

Turkish Ezme

Ingredients

1/2 a cup of passata or 3 medium fresh tomatoes (chopped)

1 handful of watercress

1 white onion

1 pepper (red, yellow or green)

2 cloves of garlic

1 pinch of chili powder

1 pinch of cayenne pepper

1 tsp of olive oil

Method

Chop ingredients and add to bowl. Add spice. Mix together. Place in fridge to chill overnight and to fully realise intense flavours.

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