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Thursday, February 17, 2011


Onion(chopped) - 1 medium
Green chilli(chopped) - 1-2
Ginger(grated) - 1-2" piece
Black beans - 1 can
Potato - 1 large
Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Bread crumbs - 2-3 tbsp
Oil - 2 tsp

Heat oil in a pan on med heat. Add onions and saute till translucent.
Add green chillies and ginger. Saute for couple of more mins.
Meanwhile, cook potatoes in pressure cooker or microwave. Peel and mash them coarsely.
Also drain and rinse thoroughly the canned beans. Alternatively,if using uncooked beans, soak them for 3-4 hrs and pressure cook for 5-6 whistles.
Now coarsely mash the beans.
Add mashed potates and beans to sauteed onions. Combine thoroughly adding few drops of water to keep mixture from drying.
Turn off heat and transfer the entire mixture in a large bowl.
Add cumin,coriander,red chilli,garam masala powder,salt and lemon juice.
Also add bread crumbs and mix well so that all the spices are incorporated well into the mixture.
Now form the mixture into a large ball and divide into equal 6-8 portions.
Now form soft balls out of each portion and flatten it to shape as patties.
These patties can be baked or shallow fried on pan or even deep fried.
If baking, preheat oven to 375 deg F and bake for 15 - 20 mins.
If shallow frying, drizzle few drops of oil on hot pan and place the patties. As they are fried from bottom side, carefully flip over and continue frying.
Serve on burger bun with tomato ketchup, tomatoes,cucumber and lettuce.

These patties stay good in freezer for 1-2 months. At time of serving, thaw and bake or fry them.

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