Thursday 19 May 2016

Vegan Chickpea Burger

We are bang in the middle of National Vegetarian Week and although for me every week is a veggie week, I present to you a lunch or dinner recipe that is vegetarian as well as a major a crowd pleaser.  Here's a step by step guide to preparing my vegan burger, served with a giant portion of salad on the side. 

So without much further ado, lets get right into the recipe. 

What you will need- 
400 grams chickpeas boiled and cooked
100 grams peas boiled and cooked
100 grams sweetcorn boiled and cooked
Extra virgin olive oil 
Millet flour 
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes  or crushed chillies
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 
1/2 teaspoon sumac
1/2 teaspoon curry powder 
Bread of choice 
4-6 portobello mushrooms
Salad of choice 

Add chickpeas, peas and sweet corn to your blender and then add a small glug of extra virgin olive oil. Throw in paprika, cumin powder, chilli flakes, coriander, sumac and curry powder. Blend away. 

Once the ingredients form a smooth- ish paste, make burgers and coat them in millet flour for that extra hold. You should be able to make 4-6 burgers out of the paste. Once your burgers are ready, put them in the fridge for at least half an hour. Once they are firm enough, go ahead and heat some extra virgin love oil in a shallow pan. Shallow fry the burgers on high heat and once they get good colour on, finish them off in the oven. Place them in a pre heated oven at 200 degrees celsius for about 12 minutes. 

In the meantime, in the same shallow pan add a teeny tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil and cook your portobello mushrooms as well. Season them lightly with salt & pepper. 

From this point its pretty much an assembly job. I like to place my mushroom first and the chickpea burger on top. I love having this burger with hummus or salsa or guacamole! Feel free to use whatever condiments you love. This burger is so so delicious, I promise you won't miss meat. Let me know if you get try this. 

Have you got any vegetarian recipes to share this Vegetarian Week? I am all ears!


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