Kidney Bean Mini Burgers

More often than not, some people need a little more persuasion to eat vegetarian food. I like it better when all I have to do is disguise it and no questions asked!

I was having some guests over for an impromtu dinner and wanted to make some starters (my husband was making dinner).

The idea for this snack popped up since I had left some beans soaking the previous night.

Once you serve these, play a round of “guess what’s in the cutlet”. It’s fun to see everyone put their “Master Taster” skills to the test and still not being able to guess what’s in it.

Time:

Preparation Time – 30 min

Idle time – 5 hrs

Material

Kidney bean burger

Kidney bean burger

  • Pressure cooker

  • Large Bowl

  • Frying pan

Ingredients

  • Red kidney Beans – 2 cup

  • Onion – 1 (diced)

  • Tomato – 1 (diced)

  • Garlic – 3 cloves (minced)

  • Cauliflower – handful of florets

  • Bread crumbs – 1 cup

  • Pepper Powder – 1 tbsp

  • Chilli powder – 1 tbsp

  • Garam masala – 1 tbsp

  • Mango Pickle – 2 tbsp

  • Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp

  • Lime Juice – 1 tbsp

  • Salt to taste

Method

  • Soak kidney beans overnight or for atleast 5 hours. Pressure cook them for 3 whistles. Mash it well.

  • At the same time, cook cauliflower – Boil water and then add the cauliflower florets. Let it stand for about 5- 10 min. Drain in a colander.

  • Add all the ingredients together and mix well.

  • Form them into any size burgers and fry until golden brown on either side.

Tips

  • Can add finely diced capsicum, green peas and carrots for more quantity and looks colourful too

Freshly Baked Buns Stuffed

Dont you love freshly baked bread straight out of the oven. Well here is a recipe for freshly baked buns stuffed with almost anything you love. My mom’s friend shared this with us and I’m so glad she did coz it’s my absolute favourite. I experimented it with whole wheat flour and it’s just as good.

This time, I just shaped them into round shaped balls. Next time, I’m going to try croissant shaped.

hot Bread

Time: 10 min – preparation time
2 hrs – idle time
15 min – Bake time
Serves: 20 piecesMini sausage rolls


Material:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Baking tray


Ingredients:

  • All purpose flour or Wheat flour– 2 cups
  • Active Dry yeast – 1 tsp
  • Egg – 1 whole egg
  • Oil – 3 tbsp
  • Salt – ½ tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Milk powder – 1 tbsp / or substitute fresh milk – 1/4 cup
  • Warm water to knead
  • Filling – frankfurters, cheese wedges, jam ( almost anything you’d like to fill it with)

Method:

  • In a mixing bowl, add the flour, yeast, salt, sugar and egg. Beat the egg a bit before adding. Also add the milk powder, if you are substituting with fresh milk, ensure that it is warm before adding. Mix well by adding little warm water, till it forms a ball.
  • Knead well for about 5 minutes. Store in a covered bowl in a warm place for about 2 hours.
  • The dough should more or less double in size. If not, don’t worry… proceed. No turning back!

Mini buns stuffed with sausage

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F. Divide the dough into 20 small balls.
  • Press a ball against the palm of your hand till it is a flat circle. Fill it with a bit of the stuffing.
  • Close up to form a ball. Ensure you press the ends together so that it does not open up while baking.
  • Place a wax sheet on a baking tray and place the buns on it.
  • To give it a bit of a golden look, you can brush a beaten egg on the top of the buns
  • Bake at 400 F for 10 – 15 min. You can broil for about 1 min, to ensure that the top of the buns golden.
  • Remove and cool, before packing in an air-tight container.
  • You can heat it up a bit before serving, as it tastes great warm.

The whole house smells of fresh bread!!!!

Tips:

  • If substituting with Wheat flour, add more water as whole wheat soaks up more water.
  • Ensure you use lukewarm water and not boiling hot water as it inhibits the yeast.