Monday, 22 October 2012

Spicy Lentil Burgers


Makes 2 burgers

65g of red lentils
40g onion, finely chopped
45g of leeks, finely chopped
45g of carrots, grated and finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 teaspoon of curry powder
1/4 teaspoon of cumin
1/4 teaspoon of coriander
1/4 teaspoon of mixed herbs
1/4 teaspoon of paprika
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1 egg yolk

Step 1: Cook the lentils in a saucepan according to the packet instructions. Once cooked drain well and return the lentils to the saucepan.

Step 2: Add the onion, leeks, carrot, garlic, herbs and spices to the lentils and stir well. Cook for approximately 3-4 minutes.

Step 3: Let the mixture cool slightly in the fridge for 10 minutes and once cooled add the egg yolk and mix well.

Step 4: Heat a large non-stick frying pan and spray with fry light oil. I then like to add my burger mix to ramekin dishes to mould so they come out the same size when cooking. The mixture will be slightly wet and sloppy but don't worry, it will come together when cooking.

Step 5: 
Add the burgers to the hot pan and cook for approximately 3-4 minutes until set and golden brown. Using a spatula, carefully turn the burgers over and cook on the other side.

Step 6: 
Serve with your favourite side dish. The burgers can also be frozen and cooked in the oven when needed.

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