Monday, 16 January 2012

Recipes - Spiced Lentil Burger

Lentils are an awesome and versatile pulse that work well as a burger.  They lend themselves well to strong flavours, such as spices and chillies.  This lentil burger packs a bit of a punch and is pretty healthy too.  Doesn't take too long to whip up but be warned: making the patties is a little messy!

400g tinned lentils, drained
2 cups fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs.
1 egg
salt, to season
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp grounds coriander seeds
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp ground chilli
1 cup roasted red capsicum
2 zucchini, sliced thinly lengthwise
1 small eggplant, slice thinly lengthwise
1/4 lemon, juiced
mixed mesclun
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4-1/3 cup chilli jam
4 bread rolls

Step 1 - Place lentils, breadcrumbs, egg, pinch of salt and spices into a food processor.  Process until combined.  Using very well floured hands, form 4 lentil patties.  Place on a plate and transfer to fridge for 15 minutes to chill.
Step 2 - Heat a good whack of oil in a large non-stick frying pan.  When hot, add patties to pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden, turning once.  Handle with care then drain on paper towel.
Step 3 - Heat a grill pan over high heat and drizzle with olive oil.  When hot, add zucchini and eggplant in batches and cook for 2-3 minutes each side. Season lightly with salt and lemon juice.
Step 4 - To assemble, halve bread rolls and place mesclun on base. Top with chargrilled veggies and roast capsicum.  Place lentil pattie on next and dollop sour cream and chilli jam then place lid of roll on top.

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