This weekend’s vegan brunch was filling, yet light.
These bean burgers were inspired by the fabulous Red Bean Chipotle Burgers from FatFree Vegan Kitchen. We replaced the chipotle sauce with our favouite mango pickle, and added a protein boost with almonds and nutritional yeast. (More about nutritional yeast HERE). The oats add fiber.
SPICY KIDNEY BEAN BURGERS
In a food processor jar, add:
3 cups cooked kidney beans
** 3/4 cup dried beans soaked overnight and cooked in salted water yields about 3 cups. Or used canned, drained beans.
1/4 cup chopped onions
3 cloves chopped garlic
1 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
1.5 tsp. spice paste from your favourite achaar (We used Mango Thokku)
** or any hot sauce/chipotles in adobo sauce
2 tablespoons each fresh cilantro and oregano
1/4 tsp ajwain (bishop’s weed) or cumin seeds
2 tbsp nutritional yeast (or lightly roasted chickpea flour/besan)
1/4 cup rolled oats
Blend this until it comes together, but has some texture. It should be coarsely ground. Add salt to taste, lime juice if you need it (we replaced both with Mrs. Dash sodium-free lemon pepper seasoning), and
1/4 cup of coarsely ground almonds (or nuts of choice).
It should form patties when held together. If it is too dry, add a teasoon or two of water. If it is too wet, add flour, a tablespoon at a time.
Brush a teaspoon of oil on a hot pan and toast them until brown and crisp. Or grill them as we did on our tabletop grill.
Birthday Burger Brunch
A request from Krishnammal - a Gandhian who has toiled all her life to empower rural women in Tamil Nadu.
The monsoon has arrived, but there are many farmers who don’t have the means to buy seeds to sow their land. A small donation – just 500 Rupees, will benefit a whole family. 5000 Rupees will benefit 10 families. Thirteen dollars, to change the lives in a family forever.
Ammani at Filthy, Funny, Flawed Gorgeous (she also owns the food blog Chai Pani) explains Krishnammals’ life and mission here. These women farmers in Tamil Nadu need help, and they need it NOW to become self-sufficient for the rest of their lives.
ALL THE DETAILS HERE.
If you wish to donate, and have a rupee account, do try and send your donation in rupees, so that they don’t lose any money in the foreign exchange conversion process.
On our part, we will post something we never planned to post before. We will post five pictures of recipes we never ended up putting on the site for various reasons. It’s the Jugalbandi Hall of Shame of pictures and posts that never made it. Now we’ll post them and tell you why.
Jugalbandi Hall of Shame #2
This is Bavarian Plum Tart from one of our recipe books. Basically, slightly sweetened bread dough layered with plums and baked. It took a lot of effort to get it unstuck from a well-oiled baking sheet. When we managed to pry it out, it tasted like cooked plums on soggy bread. Stupid recipe.
Please think about how you can change a whole family’s life somewhere with a simple deed.