Friday, 15 February 2013

SPICY BROWN BEAN BURGERS

It seems a little odd to start this blog off with a burger recipe. After all, burgers are American aren't they? Are burgers even that popular in Nigeria? Well, here's the thing. When I made the decision to become vegan (and cold turkey at that!) I immediately lamented the many meals that I could no longer indulge in. Sure, my resolve was pretty strong and I knew I wouldn't be deprived with the array of great plant-based meals out there, but still...burgers...
So, with that in mind, I set out first and foremost to create a stellar burger recipe that not only put the meat-based one to shame but was also packed full of the flavours that I know and love. The result? A bean burger mix with a spicy Nigerian twist ;)


Ingredients
(serves 4)
- 2 cups of brown beans
- 4-6 cups of water
- Salt to taste
- 1 small onion
- 1 medium tomato (chopped finely)
- I clove of garlic (chopped finely) 
- 1 tbsp crushed ginger
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 4 tbsp plain/brown rice flour 
- 2 tbsp of sunflower oil 

Cook the beans in salted water over a low heat until the beans are well softened and the water has evaporated a little. Keep checking to make sure the water doesn't dry out before the beans get soft and add more as necessary. 

When the beans have cooled a little, place in a food processor and blend until smooth. 

In a large mixing bowl, add the beans and other ingredients making sure the mixture is well combined to form a sticky dough. Shape into burger patties and set aside.

Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat and add the burger patties, preferably two at a time, depending on the size of the frying pan.

Cook the burgers on both sides until well-browned and piping hot. 

Serve on a wholewheat bun with all your favourite burger fillings - lettuce, tomatoes, pickle, ketchup etc. This mixture freezes extremely well so you can make a large batch and store away for days when you want something quick and easy!


6 comments:

  1. I am going to give this a try. I like your recipe more than others and good to know I can you use the rice flour as oppose to oat flour.

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  2. That's great! Thanks for stopping by. Would love to hear how it turns out for you :-)

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  3. Oh i like to try this too :)

    Do u think i can take also another flour too ? I dont know if we have plain/brown rice flour - maybe i will get it in any Asia or African shop here :D (Europ) ...

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    1. Yes, absolutely. If you can't find brown rice flour, you can use normal or whole-wheat flour. Would love to hear how yours turn out =)

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  4. Hello, i am so glad i finally found a Nigerian vegan diet blog. I have been wanting be a vegan, now i am comfortable that i have people like me to put me through, yaaay! I would try out all your recipes and give you a feedback after each tryouts. Wish me all the best.

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    1. Hey! I am so looking forward to hearing your feedback :) All the best!!

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