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    Bean and Rice Patties in Pita With Yogurt Tahini Dressing

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    40 mins

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    20 mins

    pattikay in L.A.'s Note:

    This is a fun meal from Moosewood's Lowfat Favorites. The cookbook says this makes a lower fat substitute for felafel (which I love) - I don't know about replacing felafel, but these are good for their own sake. I added a bit more spice to the mix than the recipe called for - more cumin and a touch of cayenne - and next time I'll probably add even more - so feel free to season them however your family will like it best! Prep time does not include cooking brown rice.

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    Serves: 4-6



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    Yogurt Tahini Dressing

    Serve with

    • pita bread
    • shredded carrot
    • chopped tomato
    • sliced cucumber (add any fresh vegetables you like, good if first tossed with a little oil and vinegar)


    1. 1
      Warm olive oil in nonstick skillet. Add onions, garlic and salt and cook on medium low heat, stirring often, for 5-10 minutes, till onions are tender.
    2. 2
      Add the bell peppers and cumin and cook for 5 minutes more, till peppers are soft, stirring frequently.
    3. 3
      Remove from heat and set aside.
    4. 4
      Thoroughly mash the beans by hand in a large mixer bowl (I used a potato masher).
    5. 5
      Combine the parsley, rice and lemon juice into the mashed beans.
    6. 6
      Add the cooked vegetables and mix well.
    7. 7
      Add black pepper to taste (and any other seasonings you might like, especially if you like things spicy).
    8. 8
      At this point, you could chill the mixture till you're ready to make the patties - I did and it probably helped make them a little easier to handle.
    9. 9
      Shape the mixture into about 18 small patties, about 2 1/2 inches across.
    10. 10
      Prepare a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray.
    11. 11
      Heat the skillet and cook the patties to medium heat till golden brown on the underside, about 5-8 minutes.
    12. 12
      Gently turn them and lightly brown the other side, about 3-5 minutes longer.
    13. 13
      Serve hot or at room temperature - good stuffed into pita pockets with chopped veggies tossed in oil and vinegar and toppped with yogurt tahini dressing.
    14. 14
      For dressing:.
    15. 15
      Whisk together all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Will keep for a week in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 11, 2007


      I really enjoyed these pitas - so healthy yet so much flavor! I used about 1 tsp extra of cumin plus 1/4 tsp paprika and 1/4 tsp black pepper (for the other seasonings in the patties). I did have problems with the patties...they were a little too moist to stick together as patties while baking (despite chilling..add flour in the future?), so I actually formed them into about 1 inch diameter balls (more like a felafel). Then, I cooked them on the skillet, rolling to brown the sides. The Yogurt Tahini Dressing was REALLY wonderful. I must say that I was a little unsure of it, but it complemented the 'patties' so well! Thanks pattikay!

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    • on February 11, 2013


      Very healthy good and cheap meal on a budget. To adjust I cooked my brown rice in vegetable brothe for extra flavor. I added a splash of Adobo seasoning apart from the cumin. Then before cooking them I added another sprinkle of Adobo on the outside. I served them on a wheat bun with greens just like a burger. Turned out very good with a nutty flavor.

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    • on October 01, 2007


      DD and I just finished having this for dinner. I made it as written, using 2 cans of drained and rinsed white kidney beans. We both loved it. Thanks for posting. This is going to be a family favourite.

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    Nutritional Facts for Bean and Rice Patties in Pita With Yogurt Tahini Dressing

    Serving Size: 1 (551 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 528.7
    Calories from Fat 72
    Total Fat 8.0 g
    Saturated Fat 1.3 g
    Cholesterol 1.8 mg
    Sodium 974.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 89.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 16.1 g
    Sugars 12.3 g
    Protein 28.1 g

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