Saturday, January 7, 2012

Vegetable Patties

Happy New Year folks! I hope you all had a nice celebration to welcome the New Year. I had a rather unique experience this year and was at the temple for a special midnight puja to welcome the New year! This was definitely my first and i had no idea that such a thing existed... I've even been to a church for a special New Year mass but never the temple before... it was definitely a nice feeling and I was surpised at the rather big crowd that turned up.

Today's recipe is one that I made after tasting the frozen vegetable masala burgers (Tandoor chef) available in Indian grocery stores.. I quite liked the taste and texture of that and decided to make a healthy version at home and my husband declared that he liked these veggie patties even better than the storebought one. You could make these ahead and freeze them until ready to use. I had some leftover cooked quinoa and so added that to the patties and the rest of the family had no idea they were there... (they typically don't eat quinoa, i'm the only one who likes it)... but of course it's entirely optional.


Potatoes- 2 big or 3 medium, boiled, peeled and mashed coarsely
Carrots - cubed into tiny pieces about 1/3 cup

Corn kernels - 1/3 cup (I used frozen, if using canned, rinse and drain completely)
Peas - 1/3 cup
Bell pepper - 1/3 cup chopped ( I used red, you could use green too)
Onion - half, chopped
Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
Quinoa - 1/2 cup cooked (optional)

Bread crumbs - 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup (grind a few slices of bread in a mixie to get crumbs)
Walnuts - 2 tbsp, chopped and toasted (optional)
Sambar powder - 1 to 2 tsp
Curry Masala powder/Garam Masala powder - half tsp

Turmeric powder - half tsp
Salt - to taste
Olive oil - 1 tbsp + oil to spray when baking


1) Pressure cook potatoes or microwave them submerged in water for about 7-8 minutes until soft. Peel and mash them. You could cut a portion of it into small cubes and mash the rest for an interesting texture in the burger patties.

2) In a pan, heat the olive oil and add the chopped garlic and onions. Saute this until the onions turn soft and are translucent. Next add the bell pepper and stir for a few minutes before adding the corn, carrots,peas and cubed potatoes (if using). Add some salt to help soften the vegetables.

3) After a few minutes, add the sambar powder and masala powder with turmeric and saute until browned a bit. The vegetables will be tender crisp. Switch off the stove.

4) To the mashed potatoes, add the bread crumbs & quinoa (if using), along with chopped walnuts and the sauteed veggie cubes.

5) Divide into small balls and flatten each into burger patties. (Cover with clear wrap individually and freeze them at this stage until ready to cook)

6) Preheat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment or aluminium foil, spray with oil evenly and lay the patties. Spray the tops with oil too and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until browned, flipping over once in between. Alternatively you could shallow fry them in a pan until golden on both sides.

Assemble the patties in burger buns with lettuce, tomato, some mayo and ketchup... I used the thin sandwich buns while my kids had them plain with some ketchup like vegetable cutlets. Overall a definite favorite & nutritious too.