Quinoa Curry Burger

Quinoa Curry Burger

You might have noticed we’ve shared quite a few spicy recipes recently. Guilty as charged! We both have a huge passion for the delicious, fragrant spices of south Asia, so we’re constantly testing new recipes inspired by the region.

This quinoa curry burger really hits the spot. The spices give the burger a lovely warmth, while the quinoa and black beans pack in lots of protein and fiber.

We also found a useful trick: if you refrigerate the burgers for half an hour before frying, it should help all the ingredients stick together so you’ll be left with a more stable burger.

We make the burger sauce by mixing vegan mayonnaise with tomato ketchup. The sweetness from the sauce is the perfect compliment to the spicy burger.

Enjoy!

Quinoa Curry Burger

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Quinoa Curry Burger
Quinoa Curry Burger
Servings
4 burgers
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup raw quinoa
  • 2 cups black beans
  • 1 red onion diced
  • Handful cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 red chilies finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 garlic cloves grated
  • large thumb of ginger grated
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
Servings
4 burgers
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup raw quinoa
  • 2 cups black beans
  • 1 red onion diced
  • Handful cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 red chilies finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 garlic cloves grated
  • large thumb of ginger grated
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
Quinoa Curry Burger
Instructions
  1. Add 1 cup of water to the quinoa and simmer in a small pan for 15 minutes, or until soft and no water remains.
  2. Meanwhile, drain, rinse, and dry the black beans. Then transfer to a mixing bowl and mash with a potato masher or fork until most of the beans have broken down, leaving some whole ones.
  3. Add the red onion, cilantro, chilies and salt to the mixing bowl.
  4. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and fry the ginger, garlic, paprika, cumin and curry powder for a couple of minutes. Then transfer to the mixing bowl.
  5. Use your hands to combine everything in the mixing bowl. Take a handful of the mixture and shape it into a burger. Repeat for the remaining 3 burgers.
  6. Chill the burgers in a fridge for 30 minutes.
  7. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and fry the burgers for 6 minutes on each side.
  8. Serve with layers of lettuce, tomato, vegan burger sauce, and slices of gherkin.
Recipe Notes

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Super Simple Dhal

Super Simple Dhal

Dhal, or is it daal, dal or dahl? Who really knows? However it’s spelt, this famous Indian dish is a real favourite in our household, and it’s about time we tried mastering it for ourselves.

Packed with protein and nutrients, this dhal recipe is simple, warming and a go-to for anyone who loves Indian cuisine as much as we do.

We serve our dhal with chutney and poppadoms, and sometimes rice if we’re feeling a bit peckish!

Enjoy.

Roxy & Ben

Super Simple Dhal

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Super Simple Dhal
Super Simple Dhal
Servings
6 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups red lentils rinse before use
  • 1 onion diced
  • 6 garlic cloves grated
  • 4 green chilies sliced
  • large thumb of ginger grated
  • 4 large tomatoes diced
  • 3 tsp turmeric
  • 3 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • handful of cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • oil for frying
For serving
  • poppadoms
  • chutney
Servings
6 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups red lentils rinse before use
  • 1 onion diced
  • 6 garlic cloves grated
  • 4 green chilies sliced
  • large thumb of ginger grated
  • 4 large tomatoes diced
  • 3 tsp turmeric
  • 3 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • handful of cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • oil for frying
For serving
  • poppadoms
  • chutney
Super Simple Dhal
Instructions
  1. Pour the lentils and 6 cups of water in a saucepan on a medium heat, and cook for 30 minutes. Skim off the foam as it gathers at the top.
  2. Meanwhile, add a little oil to a frying pan and cook the onion for a few minutes. Then stir in the garlic, chili, ginger, and spices, and fry for a further 2 minutes or until the cumin seeds begin to crackle. Then add the tomatoes and fry for another 2 minutes.
  3. Once the lentils are done, transfer the onion mixture to the saucepan with the lentils and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in the cilantro, salt and pepper.
  5. Serve with sprinkling of cilantro, poppadoms, and chutney.
Recipe Notes

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Mini Samosa Pies

Mini Samosa Pies

How amazing do these look? We had tons of fun testing these delicious mini samosa pies. They were a resounding success among all our friends!

You can also have fun experimenting with the filling, using different spices and vegetables. We settled on a spicy samosa mixture, which is packed with flavour and uses easy-to-find ingredients.

Mini Samosa Pies

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Mini Samosa Pies
Mini Samosa Pies
Servings
12 mini pies
Ingredients
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves thinly chopped
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds (crushed)
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 150 g potato diced
  • 2 medium carrots diced
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 300 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 600 g puff pastry pre-rolled
  • almond milk for coating
Servings
12 mini pies
Ingredients
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves thinly chopped
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds (crushed)
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 150 g potato diced
  • 2 medium carrots diced
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 300 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 600 g puff pastry pre-rolled
  • almond milk for coating
Mini Samosa Pies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 220°C.
  2. Add a little oil to a pan. Once hot, fry the onion for 5 minutes.
  3. Next add the garlic, curry powder, cumin, coriander and chili powder to the pan, and fry for a further 2 minutes.
  4. Then add the carrot, potato, peas and vegetable stock, and simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes with the lid on.
  5. Meanwhile, roll out the pastry and use the pastry cutters to cut 12 large circles and 12 small circles. The pastry should be 4-5mm thick (if you're making your own).
  6. Before taking the pan off the heat, add the corn flour and salt. Simmer again on a low heat for 2-3 mins with the lid on.
  7. Place the large pastry circles into each muffin tin, followed by 1-2 tablespoons of the samosa mixture. Then cover and seal each pie with a small circle of pastry.
  8. Brush the top of each pie with almond milk, then bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
Recipe Notes

You will also need a 12 hole muffin tray and two circle pastry cutters (10cm and 6cm)

Spinach & Chickpea Curry

Spinach & Chickpea Curry

We can’t get enough of this spinach and chickpea curry!

It took us a while to decide on the best method. At first we were unsure about creating a paste because usually we love caramelising the onion first, then adding the tomatoes and spices. But this method totally works!

You need to simmer the paste with the spices for at least 20 minutes to remove any bitterness, then you’re left with a really fragrant and fresh base to add the chickpeas and spinach.

It’s nutritious, simple and bursting with flavour. Disclaimer: we like our curries quite hot so we’ve added a teaspoon of hot chilli powder, but you can reduce the amount if you prefer your curries mild.

Spinach & Chickpea Curry

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Spinach & Chickpea Curry
Spinach & Chickpea Curry
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • thumb ginger roughly chopped
  • 4 large tomatoes quartered
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp hot chilli powder
  • 400 g tinned chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream
  • 100 g spinach
  • handful of fresh coriander leaves
  • pinch of salt
  • large slice of lemon
  • coconut oil for frying
  • cucumber for garnish
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • thumb ginger roughly chopped
  • 4 large tomatoes quartered
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp hot chilli powder
  • 400 g tinned chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream
  • 100 g spinach
  • handful of fresh coriander leaves
  • pinch of salt
  • large slice of lemon
  • coconut oil for frying
  • cucumber for garnish
Spinach & Chickpea Curry
Instructions
  1. Add the onion, garlic, ginger and tomatoes to a food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Heat a teaspoon of coconut oil in a pan on a medium heat. Meanwhile, crush the mustard seeds and coriander seeds until fine.
  3. Fry the cumin, coriander, turmeric, garam masala, mustard seeds, and chilli powder for two minutes.
  4. Stir in the onion and tomato paste, and simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes.
  5. Add the coconut cream and chickpeas and heat through for 3 minutes.
  6. Season with a pinch of salt and drizzle of lemon juice, then add a small handful of coriander and the spinach. Cook through until the spinach has wilted.
  7. Serve with rice, a sprinkle of coriander leaves and a few slices of cucumber.

Aubergine Tikka Masala

Aubergine Tikka Masala

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 aubergine sliced in chunks
1 white onion diced
2 red peppers sliced

For the masala paste…
4 garlic cloves roughly chopped
Thumb of ginger roughly chopped
1 tsp each turmeric, paprika, garam masala
1/2 tsp each salt, cayenne pepper, chilli flakes
2 tsp cumin

For the sauce…
1 can of tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puree
200ml coconut milk from can
Handful of coriander (cilantro) plus more for garnish

Aubergine Tikka Masala

Aubergine Tikka Masala
– Full recipe bit.ly/2gGz1HM

Posted by So Vegan on Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Method

1. Heat a little oil in a frying pan on a medium heat. Once hot, add in the aubergine and fry for 5 minutes on each side or until slightly brown.

2. Set the aubergine aside and place the onion in the frying pan. Fry for 5 minutes, adding more oil as needed.

3. Meanwhile, make the masala paste by combining the ingredients in a grinder until the mixture is smooth. Alternatively, use a pestle and mortar and grind the ingredients together until they form a rough paste.

4. Add the masala paste and peppers to the frying pan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

5. Then add the can of tomatoes, tomato puree and aubergine, and simmer for a further 10 minutes. Use the back of the mixing spoon to squash the tomatoes to create a smoother consistency.

6. Stir in the coconut milk and coriander (cilantro) and cook until hot.

7. Garnish with coriander and serve.

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