One of my food blogger friends, Peri Avari, of PerisSpiceLadle.com recently published her second cookbook called Tikka, Tikki and Spicy Small Bites, available on Amazon everywhere. It is a wonderful and well put together cookbook; not only does Peri give you fantastically mouth watering recipes for entertaining but she gives you some downright priceless advice on barbecue/grilling tools, methods and general how-to.
My kids and I made these Spinach and Chickpeas Kebab Sliders one lazy Saturday afternoon and completely fell in love with the flavours that went in these little gems. A touch of Indian spice with a little heat, fruity from the suggested chutney accompaniment, they are a definite keeper in our house and we’ve made them twice since! They are so quick and easy to make too! Once you get all the necessary ingredients and spices ready (which is a breeze too), it’s a 5 minute job! I cannot recommend them and the book enough! They’re vegetarian, vegan and if you substitute the bread for a tsp of cornflour, gluten free too!
Per suggests serving them with her Masala Garlic Tomato Chutney, Mango Cranberry Chutney, Spicy Date Chutney and Chilled Jal Jeera Iced Tea. I made the mango Cranberry Chutney and the tea and with our without the sliders, they were again, fabulous!
Being a huge fan of mango lassi, I had to also try out the Mango Lassi recipe in the book and I wasn’t disappointed, the addition of turmeric is something new to me and I must say, I’m convinced!
Tikka, Tikki and Spicy Bites is a wonderful and priceless book, a great help in the summer and all year round! Just to give the bigger picture of what you’ll be getting, here’s the “official” description:
What’s in ‘Tikka Tikki & Spicy Bites:’
• Global twist on Indian kebabs, tikka, chutneys and more.
• Succulent meaty bites.
• Sensational seafood kebab and grills.
• Versatile vegetarian tikki, patties and dumplings.
• Learn how to make homemade Indian Naan flatbread.
• Outdoor grilling and indoor cooking instructions for every recipe.
• Well-rounded list of chutneys, raita and more.
• Condiment pairing suggestions within each recipe.
• Things-to-know and fun facts about kebab, tikka & Indian grills.
• Charcoal or gas grilling, what works best?
• Tools of the trade for making great kebabs.
• Indian marinating and spice rub tips.
• Wisdom on grilling, baking and serving Indian kebab.
• You’ll learn how to make Paneer or Indian cottage cheese.
• Bonus: a trio of Indian beverages that work wonders with spicy grills.
• And you’ll hear what readers have to say about our kebab and tikka.
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Spinach and Chickpea Sliders
- 2 cups cooked or canned chickpeas
- half cup frozen spinach, thawed and water squeezed out
- one third cup chopped onions
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- quarter cup finely diced bell pepper (capsicum), any colour
- 1 tsp Thai chilli, chopped finely
- quarter tsp chilli powder or cayenne pepper
- quarter tsp cumin powder
- quarter tsp coriander powder
- quarter tsp amchur (dried mango powder) optional
- half tsp salt
- quarter tsp cracked black pepper
- 2 tbsp lemon juice (or 3 if not using amchur)
- 1 slice of bread, soaked in water, then squeezed dry and crumbled
- 8–12 mini slider bread buns
- accompaniments – lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers
- Crush the chickpeas in a large bow with the back of a fork.
- Add everything else apart from the buns and accompaniments and mix thoroughly.
- Cover with a clingfilm and refrigerate for 3 minutes for the flavours to develop.
- Form mini burgers with the mix, flattening then ever so slightly.
- If cooking on a barbecue, place on well oiled grills and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side.
- Stovetop, 4-6 minutes in a little oil on medium heat.
- Assemble like you would with a regular burger and serve as usual.
- Peri has great suggestions for accompaniments in her book – check it out!
The kebab mix can be made a day earlier and kept in the fridge, covered.