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American Black Bean Burger

American Black Bean Burger - Side view

Eating regular meal for a Friday night dinner is a crime and we had two of our girlfriends visiting. The plan was to slip into the cozy rugs on the sofa and watch a movie together while gorging on the comfort food! My guilty mind thought of making something relatively healthy and I thought now will be the time to cook the black bean burgers!

Making BBB is very simple. Needs less ingredients and less time to cook. Its completely vegan and rich in flavors. We served the burgers with mustard mayonnaise along with the caramelized onions. Onions when caramelized add the burnt sweet flavor to compensate the pungent mustard and helps keep the bun moist, just the perfect amount! Here is the recipe to the comforting goodness:

Patty:

1/4 kg black beans (soaked overnight)

1/8 kg chick peas (soaked overnight)

1 large onion

6 cloves of garlic

1 tbsp olive oil

3 tsp chilly powder

3 green chilies

Caramelized Onions:

3 large onions

2 teaspoon sugar

knob of butter.

Making the patty:

American Black Bean Burger - Beans

Pressure cook the beans with water just enough to soak all the beans. Add salt to taste. Make sure that the beans are not over cooked. 10 mins in a pressure cooker is enough.

In a wok, heat a little but of olive oil and add chopped onions and garlic paste. Toss in the green chilies. Wait till the onions are golden brown. Add the cooked beans to the wok and sprinkle it with the red chilly powder. Saute for five mins until all the beans are seasoned.

Grind the mixture in a grinder and make a fine paste. Add a little bit of besan for binding the paste! You may add extra chilly sauce if you want to make the patty feisty! Put away the mixture in the fridge for 10 mins.

Make patties of the mixture and shallow fry them in olive oil in a pan for 5 mins approximately! Your patties are ready!

Caramalized Onions:

Chop onions along the diameter to make onion rings.

In a pan, add a knob of butter, you can be generous if you will. Add onions and saute for five mins. When the onions turn golden brown and a dash of sugar to help caramelize the onions. Wait till it turns brown!

Assemble the burger with generous portions of the caramelized onions. You can also add a cheese slice on top of the patties while heating allowing the cheese to melt. These burgers taste great with the mustard mayo sauce and some jalapenos.

American Black Bean Burger - Top view

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The Salad Bar

Fresh Salad

Salads have always reminded me of Turpin High School. The cafeteria had lovely grilled cheese sandwiches, cinnamon rolls and an amazing salad bar. Being an exchange student and vegetarian, I hooked on those options real quickly. Initially salads only meant cucumber, tomatoes and capsicum. But slowly I got acquainted with lettuce, olives, jalapeños, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing and crackers. Not the healthiest of the salads, but sure made lovely lunches and amazing conversations to remember!

When I got back, we started to adopt those recipes and now, its become a part of our varied food palette. Slowly we moved from cream based dressings to healthier versions. But, once in a while, we do tip off to the other side just as a treat!

Ingredients
1. Cherry tomatoes
2. American corn
3. Capsicum
4. Onions
5. Lettuce
6. Bell peppers
7. Olives
8. Jalapeños
9. Red chillies
10. Cheddar cheese
11. Mayonnaise
12. Ketchup

Procedure

1. Boil the corn and let it cool down.

American corn

2. Chop and halve the cherry tomatoes. Slice the olives and jalapeños.

Lettuce and baby tomatoes

3. Chop capsicum, onions, and bell peppers (julienne). Chop the red chillies finely.

Bell peppers and chillies4. Coarsely chop the lettuce.
5. Combine all the veggies. Sprinkle the red chillies over. For a zing, add dried garlic powder. 😉 Sprinkle the cheddar cheese.

Shreds of cheese
6. For the dressing, mix the mayonnaise ketchup and a bit of salt.
7. Spread the dressing over the salad and toss it to mix well.

And voilà, there’s your salad treat!

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