Two almost empty packets inspired this recipe. From the name of the recipe, you can already guess what they were. Yes, you are correct – red lentils and quinoa. Both of these are always favorites in my house, so that they would have been used soon anyway, but since there are never too many plant-based burger recipes, I figured if those two together would make sense. They did.
The patties are simple to make, and they hold together without adding any flour, so the recipe is also naturally gluten-free.
To serve, this time, I made a very simple salad of baby spinach and cherry tomatoes and topped the patties with mashed avocado, green onions, and jalapeno. If you fancy a bigger meal, these patties also work exceptionally well in a burger bun or with a side of rice.
Oh, and I have made the same recipe as a snack. If you wish to serve these as a snack, I recommend making them 3-4 times smaller, so they would be bite-sized and hold together nicely.
Lentil & Quinoa Plant-Based Burger Patties
Cooking time: 40 minutes
60 g red lentils
60 g quinoa
½ tsp paprika powder
½ tsp curry powder
Coconut oil for frying
Add lentils and quinoa to a small saucepan and cover with boiling water. Add water so that it is about an inch over the grains. Simmer until tender. Depending on the type of lentils, it takes 20-25 minutes. Check halfway if there is enough water and add some, if needed – you wish to end up with a mixture that resembles a thick porridge.
Add the seasoning and let it cool.
If the mixture is more or less cooled down, then heat a little coconut oil on a pan, form 4 patties, and fry until crispy and golden on both sides.
Serve with a simple salad or as a burger.
By Kadri Raig
Kadri is a food blogger and yoga teacher from Estonia. She loves healthy food and cooking and for her, these two are often the same thing. Cooking meals from scratch, you know exactly what goes in it and even without holding back with sugar or fat we end up using a lot less compared to ready-made frozen stuff from the supermarket.
She does love to spend time in the kitchen, but most of her recipes are simple and don’t take more than 20 minutes of active cooking time. She thinks that everybody can find time to cook healthy food at home, it is just a question of planning. "I work in an office full time, teach yoga 7-8 hours a week and write a blog. So if I manage to cook most of my meals, then so do you!" Connect with Kadri and enjoy many more of her delicious healthy recipes on her website here: http://www.kahvliga.ee/.
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