Vegan Lentil Mushroom Burgers

Leftovers, what do we do with that. Cooking for 2 or 3 is something I cannot do. In our family, we are small eaters but I still cook for an army. I can eat the same dish for another day, maybe. But then, I have a yearning to make something completely different with all the ingredients.

In my fridge, I had finely chopped sautéed mushrooms (which I usually have – I throw them in soups, in omelettes or in pasta), Indian mashed potatoes and soaked lentils and pita bread. The inspiration here was falafels. I threw the veggies and lentils together, some chopped onions and made a burger, tucked it in pita bread and dinner is ready.

These burgers are delicious, healthy and protein rich. If you have some of these leftover, which is highly doubtful, make a curry and toss them in.

Ingredients:

  • 200 grams mushrooms, (button, oyster or a mix of different mushrooms) chopped
  • 1 big potato, cooked and mashed
  • 1/2 cup channa dal (split chickpeas) or any lentil of your choice
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1-inch piece ginger, finely chopped
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander/cilantro or parsley
  • 1-2 tbsp oil

Method:

  • Wash and soak lentils in water for at least an hour.
  • Grind coarsely in a mixer or food processor and keep aside.
  • In a frying pan, heat 2 tsp oil.
  • Add one chopped onions, garlic and ginger and saute till golden brown.
  • Add chopped mushrooms and saute until they are cooked.
  • Take off heat and cool Transfer to a bowl, add mashed potatoes, chopped chillies, rest of onions, cilantro, cumin powder, and lentils and mix.
  • Shape into patties, pack the mixture tightly so it will not break.
  • Place on an oiled baking tray.
  • Bake in a preheated oven (350ºF / 180ºC) for 15-20 minutes
  • It can also be fried in a pan. Heat some oil in a pan and pan fry them.
  • Turn them halfway through.
  • Serve on a burger bun or toasted pita bread.
  • Top with condiments of your choice (cheese, pickles, jalapenos, goat cheese, chutney, thinly sliced tomatoes or thinly sliced cucumbers)
  • This can be eaten without the bread or served as an appetizer with some chutney or sour cream.
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Daughter, Wife, Mother, Teacher, Student! Love to cook and bake, eat and travel. Continue to learn!

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