Saturday, November 26, 2022

Red Lentil Burger

I have been wanting to try eating healthy and the possibility of adding more plant based protein into my diet starting 2023.  Cutting down on meat protein and seafood such as prawns and squid and oysters will be in my wish list for 2023. For a start, I tried making burgers from red lentils and really it was delicious, flavourful and crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. There are many red lentil burgers on the internet. I chose one that is easy to prepare and oven baked for a healthier version. A keeper for sure. 
I can make 4 burgers from one recipe
the slightly sticky texture after blitzing in a food processor makes it easy for shaping

the ingredients in this burger mixture are red lentils, carrot, onions, sawtooth coriander, garlic and seasoning of my choice ( smoked paprika , black pepper, and salt )
a food processor is a must have in my useful helper

Red Lentil Burger - makes 4 piece
red lentils - soaked for 3 hours, drain dry
Half carrot- cut into small chunks
6 Sawtooth coriander
4 shallots
3cloves of garlic
1.5 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp smoked paprika
A dash of black pepper
Salt to taste

Blitz the ingredients above in a food processor until you get the right texture. Not too fine. Divide into 4 portions and shape them into burger size.

Line a greaseproof paper on a baking tray . Brush paper with olive oil. Place the burgers on the baking tray and bake for 20 to 25 mins.  Flip burgers over and further bake another 5 mins @200 C.
Take out once the burgers aregolden brown and crisps.

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