Monday, April 25, 2011

Indian burgers

So I got some of these awesome Indian veggie burgers from Trader Joe's and they are fantastic! So unique, I love them! But since I don't live anywhere close to a Trader Joe's I googled a recipe to make them. This is what I came across,

This recipe is from:

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Ingredients: (makes 6 burgers)

  • 2 large carrots, cubed
  • 2 medium potatoes (I used red potatoes), cubed
  • 1/2 cup bell peppers, diced
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup edamame (shelled)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seed
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp salt

"To Prepare: Start by cubing the potatoes and carrots into small diced pieces. Try to make the cubes as consistent as possible, so that they will cook evenly in the pan. Over medium high heat, sauté the carrots and potatoes in a little bit of olive oil for about ten minutes, or until starting to brown.

For the rest of the ingredients, I stuck with my Trader Joe’s theme. For the peppers, edamame, and corn – frozen is fine!

Once the potatoes and carrots are starting to get soft…

Go ahead and add the rest of the vegetables and cook until they are warmed. These burgers take a little more time than a bean burger, since you need to cook the vegetables – but I promise the end result is totally worth it!

While the vegetables are cooking, go ahead and pull out your food processor. The first item into the food processor is 1/2 cup of rolled oats…

Pour them in and pulse them to the consistency of a coarse flour.

Add the vegetables once they are ready, along with the olive oil, salt, and the blend of spices. Spices are what make these burgers so delicious!

Alternate pulsing the food processor and scraping down the sides, in order to ensure that everything is mixed well. Combine until the veggies are chopped into teeny tiny pieces!

Wet your hands and form into patties. Using the same pan that you used to cook your vegetables, add a little more olive oil and cook the burgers over medium high heat.

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When you make veggie burgers, you’re never quite sure until you FLIP whether or not they are going to hold together or crumble to bits. I am happy to report that these held together really well – probably my best to date! After a few minutes of cooking on one side, use a spatula to flip the patties over.

Once they are cooked on both sides, they are ready to eat! Now tell me that my vegetable masala burger (right) doesn’t look ten thousand times more delicious than it’s frozen inspiration (left).

While yes – it was a bit more work than simply heating up a frozen burger – this recipe makes six patties! So you can easily make it once and freeze the rest to eat later in the week. Problem solved!"