I come to you today with these fun Vegan koftas. I say fun because that’s what they are! I truly enjoy food that involves some exercise with your hands before popping them in your mouth. It is like you earned it through some work. They are good ice breakers and a great conversation starter. Do you know what I mean?
I never knew how good vegan koftas could actually taste. I was watching a food and travel documentary on Netflix a few days back and I must tell you that I sincerely find any program/movie/cartoon revolving around food very entertaining. That is just how food crazy I am. Anyway, back to my documentary story. This particular one was about Turkish food featuring fresh and crisp green salad, baked puffy breads and super tender and flavourful grilled meats..I am legit salivating now! One of the dishes they showed were Cig Koftas, made with raw meat. I am only still getting used to the idea of eating raw meat so until I get there I thought of making myself a vegan version of these koftas. I have been having this can of Faba Beans for like months and I quite enjoy these meaty beans. So, I thought, why not try this recipe with these beans and you know what?…they turned out ggrreat!
Canned beans definitely make life simpler. But as always, I generally prefer cooking my legumes from scratch but when you are pressed for time by all means use cans. I microwave my couscous for few minutes instead of cooking them on stove top; again to make life simpler. Lemme tell you something here. I can be the laziest of laziest cooks when I am tired, too excited to try something new or when I have unexpected guests. I am too eager to spend 10 hours in the kitchen and just cannot wait to see how the recipe and flavour combinations in my head turned out in the physical world. Yes, I cheat.
Cig Koftas, call for Bulgar Wheat My excited brain (which hunts for shortcuts during times like these) told me to use Couscous instead and I am glad I did. This whole things was so quick and the results were amazing for the amount of time it took. Just chop, mix, assemble and chomp! It is that simple.
You can either enjoy this as a salad or if you want to experience some of the fun I was referring to earlier you can form them into little koftas by pressing some of the mixture in between your fingers, top them up with some pomegranate, give a generous spritz of lemon juice over it and roll them up into little veggie cigars with Lettuce leaves. Isn’t that fun? Relish them with some red wine for some extra fun. If you know what I mean 😉
These koftas are a great way to get some vegetables into your system. They are different from the usual boring salads and for all those people out there who are struggling with Vegan appetizer ideas — this one is for you 🙂
Faba Bean and Couscous Kofte
|Prep time||20 minutes|
|Cook time||5 minutes|
|Total time||25 minutes|
|Misc||Pre-preparable, Serve Cold|
- 500g Faba Beans (cooked or canned)
- 1/2 cup Couscous
- 1/4 cup Tomato (finely chopped)
- 1/4 cup Onions (finely chopped)
- 2 stalks Green Onion (finely chopped)
- 2 cloves Garlic (minced)
- 1/4 cup Parsley (finely chopped)
- 1/4 cup Red Bell Pepper (finely chopped)
- 2 tablespoons Tomato Paste
- 1 tablespoon Chilli Powder
- 1 tablespoon Red Chilli Pepper Flakes
- 1 teaspoon Allspice Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Cumin Powder
- 2 teaspoons Sea Salt
- 1 cup Water
- Pomegranate Seeds
|Drain and mash the beans well.|
|Microwave the couscous in 1 cup water for 5 minutes. Fluff it up using a fork and wait until it cools down.|
|Mix all the ingredients together.|
|Form into Koftas and serve with pomegranate seeds, lettuce and lemon wedges.|