There is one thing with life – it never goes as per planned. On Sunday, I went home with a pathetic headache after work. I just wanted to sleep till a little before Iftar time, so that I could just put together something and call it a day. I was planning to skip this month’s Fantastical Food Fight challenge initially – which was to make “Burgers”, but when I saw the reminder email in my inbox, I thought, “Why not? It is easy to put together. I shouldn’t miss it.” I had etched down on my magnet notepad of making some chickpea burgers for dinner. But it was not to be. I did wake up late, but as I finished my prayers, I was in for a rude shock…
My youngest paternal uncle had an untimely death at the age of 49. Maybe he dying of natural causes, wouldn’t have hurt so much. He was killed when a car pushed him down as he walked to the masjid for his Asr prayers. He was immediately taken to the main private hospital but he didn’t survive. He breathed his last just before Maghrib. In his short span, he has done a lot, whether it is to be a lovely relative, an excellent teacher or an understanding compatriot ever interested in charity and any related activity. You wouldn’t know of anybody who would even say an ill about him. He would always have a smiling face, listen attentively to anything we say and give us a beautiful laugh if it is a joke.
I know I shouldn’t be grieving so much, as he has been taken away during this blessed month. But sometimes, the mind still asks questions like, why – for which we have no answer… I only make dua that he is granted the highest abode in paradise and rewarded for all the good deeds he has done during his lifetime… and that He grants his lovely family the patience and strength to bear the loss and move forward… I have no words to say how I feel, but we just say, Alhamdulillah Ala Kulli Haal (Praise to the Lord during all conditions…)
Sunday passed away in a dizzy and on Monday, I took an off from work to take care of my messed mind. The whole morning, I was either sleeping, just laying awake crying and when I was sane, I kept reciting the Quran. Somehow I had to push myself up to make something for the girls, who are fasting. Iftar was just fruits and juice, and for dinner I decided I will do the chickpea burgers that I had decided to do the previous night.
The beauty of this recipe is that it hardly takes 30 minutes. It wouldn’t take even that time, if we don’t rest the patties. It is basically a dump and do recipe, and I totally loved doing it. The girls helped with the assembling their own burgers, and actually it did help my mind to be diverted for sometime. They weren’t happy about it – after all burgers are never supposed to be vegetarian! However, they did finish their meal. They also told me that next time I make something like this, “Please make it in meat!”
I just threw in spices that I had in my pantry without giving it too much thought. You can add any that you like. I was just glad that I had food on the table, with the way I was feeling that day. I didn’t even think I would do this. But since it happened, I am posting the recipe. As of today, my mind feels way much better. That is the way we are, isn’t it? As days pass by, we accept the reality and we move on with our lives. We forget the pain we suffered and act as though nothing happened… I guess that is why we continue to live even when we go through moments that bring us a lot of pain… I am sorry for making this a sad post, but sometimes can’t help it… Off to the recipe…
Spiced Chickpea Burger
- 400 gm can chickpeas
- 1 onion minced
- 1/4 cup coriander leaves
- 1 garlic pod
- 1 green chilli
- 1 slice of stale bread
- 1 egg
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
- 3/4 tsp cumin powder
- 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
- Oil for shallow frying
- 3 buns for assembling the bun
- Cheese mayo, ketchup, mustard, greens as required
- Wash and drain the chickpeas. Mince the onions and set aside.
- Add the chickpeas and ingredients from coriander leaves to garam masala powder into the food processor and blitz till coarse.
- Add the onions and toss well. Shape into three large patties and allow to rest in the fridge for 10 minutes.
- Drizzle little oil on a grill pan and cook both the sides for a few minutes.
- Assemble into a bun as per your requirement and enjoy!