Monday, February 1, 2010

Veggie Burger

Hiya folks... I know I've been away for much too long a time and it was totally unplanned. I had no intentions of taking a break but things just unfolded and soon I realized that it has been more than a month since I posted anything. Things have been super hectic at home and work and to top it there has been a lot of cold, cough, ear infections etc. going around at home so it has been tiring to say the least. I will try my best to post more regularly but if I am slacking yet again, you will know why :)

Coming to the recipe I have on hand.. this a hot new favorite at our home and is healthy too - a veggie burger.
What I love about this burger, besides it being absolutely delicious, filling & easy to make, is the fact that it has crunchy bits of vegetables that lends a yummy texture and can be frozen for later. We had these stuffed in pita bread (store-bought jalapeno cheddar pita) with some cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots & a touch of mayonnaise & ketchup - yummy! These can be served like traditional veggie burgers or even eaten as is like cutlets, if you please.

VEGGIE BURGER


Ingredients:

Blackbeans (cooked) - about 1.5 cups, coarsely mashed (you can use canned instead)
Potatoes -2, cooked & peeled (I microwaved for 8 mins with some water)
Quick cooking oats - half cup
Onion - half, chopped finely
Garlic - 4 cloves, chopped finely
Carrot - 1, big, chopped finely
Broccoli stalks - half cup, chopped finely
Bell peppers (red & green) - 1/3 cup, finely chopped
Bread crumbs - 1/4 cup (I run the end slices in a mixie and store them so used that)
Chilli powder - 1.5 tsp
Sambar powder - 1.5 tsp
Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Celery salt, Oregano, turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp each
Salt - to taste
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp, chopped finely
Oil - 1 tbsp + more to cook the burgers (I used Extra virgin olive oil)
Method:
1) Heat oil in a pan and add onions, garlic and saute until translucent. Next add the green & red bell peppers, carrots, broccoli stalks and saute till crisp tender.
2) Add salt, chilli powder, cumin powder, sambar powder, celery salt, oregano & turmeric powder and let this cook for a few more minutes before adding in the mashed potatoes, oats, coarsely mashed black beans & bread crumbs. Switch off the stove.
3) Stir in the chopped coriander leaves and combine everything together and divide to form patties - make sure they are thick enough so they don't fall apart. Wrap them individually in cling wrap and refrigerate for an hour before cooking.

4) I froze some of these for later and pan-fried the rest on the tawa with some oil and assembled them in the pita bread.

31 comments:

  1. Looks super delicious and healthy as well. We too love burgers any time, i like the use of oats.. this can totally replace the bread crumbs.
    Good to see u back.

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  2. I love, love, love homemade veggie burgers! So much better than the store bought ones! My daughter once didn't know I had made veggie burgers and I never told her :P They look delicious!

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  3. Hope you are feeling better now, Winter weather wrecks the system on top of the depressing cloudy days.

    Burgers looks perfect, I love Blackbeans too. Get your strength up, rest and recover! Hugs :)

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  4. I haven't tried vege burgers. This look too good not to try. They are so much healthier and cheaper homemade.

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  5. I love homemade veggie burgers. Love the addition of oats!

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  6. looks absolutely delicious!!

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  7. that looks really good-sounds pretty healthy too!

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  8. Lovely veggie burger. Shape them smaller we can eat them as cutlets too. Great idea for the kids lunch boxes too.

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  9. delicious looking burger.nice idea of adding brocolli and oats to it.going to try this for sure.

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  10. Looks sooooooooooooo good and nice combination of ingredients for pattie... Bookmarked it..

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  11. The pita wrap looks delicious. I like the way you've used oats in your recipe.

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  12. wow..nice healthy burgers..will try this sometime..

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  14. the wraps with veggie burger rocks!! good use of oats here.
    Hope you are feeling a lot better now! take care, girl!

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  15. Omg, wat a tempting veggies burger, makes me hungry...good to see u back after a long..

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  16. Wow,looks mouthwatering Laavanya! Really appetizing!

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  17. Loved the combination of black beans and oats in the burger, it looks super delicious ! Take care :-)

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  18. HOW I WISH OUT PC SCREENS BECOME INTERACTIVE FOR ME TO TAKE A BITE OF THAT YUMMY PREP!!!!!! Looks totally enthralling.....

    Ash...
    (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

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  19. Looks absolutely delicious and love the way u freeze it!

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  20. WElcome back... The veggie burger is an absolute treat and looks great too... A very filling and a healthy burger!!!

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  21. Lavanyaa, You make everything look so good!

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  22. Hi...Lavanyaa
    First time here....Really liked your blog...great recipes and lovely clicks....m following your blog.....
    LOved your veggie burger and have already bookmarked it to make...
    The clicks are so good that i m feeling hungry looking at them :))

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  23. The Burgers look really delicious and healthy as well... liked the use of oats too and lovely clicks:)

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  24. oats, beans, potatoes - I want the burger now... love how it can be very filling with some pita!

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  25. That is one super delicious burger....looks lovely n sounds healthy

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  26. I like veggie burgers. I always make some for my kids so that they can still have the dose of veggies without even knowing it.

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  27. Wow love the tikkis, they look so yummy, i wish i cud have them right now!

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