Here’s how to make delicious Indian Lentil Veggie Burgers.
Ingredients for Indian Lentil Veg Burgers
- 1 large red beet
- 1½ cups of cooked lentils
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp ground turmeric
- ½ teaspoon dill
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 cloves garlic
- ¼ cup olive/coconut oil
Ingredients for the Sauce
- 1 cup of natural yogurt
- 2 tsp dill
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp honey
- ¼ tsp salt
How to Make Indian Lentil Veg Burgers
- Firstly, combine all of the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl.
- Peel and roughly chop the beet. Place into a food processor and pulse until it’s in small pieces.
- Add the lentils, curry powder, cumin, turmeric, dill, salt, and garlic. Pulse again, until the mixture becomes quite coarse and holds together.
- Heat the oil in a skillet. Form burger shapes of the beet/lentil mixture and place on the hot skillet. Use wet hands to make this shaping process easier. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Next, flip over to the other side and cook for another 2-3 minutes until the burger is golden and heated throughout.
- Serve the burgers in buns with shredded greens, sliced tomatoes and avocado, and the lemon dill sauce.
More About This Recipe
Who doesn’t love a burger? There seems to be an adapted recipe for every cuisine and every dietary requirement ever, so they must be pretty popular. This recipe is pretty special though, with a good blast of protein from the lentils and a great earthy sweetness from the beet. Packed with herbs and spices, it’s definitely one for a meat free meal that will be asked for over and over.
This recipe has cumin in abundance. It balances out the other flavours so well but it’s also full of some great health benefits too.
1) A Digestive Aid – It is thought that Cumin can help produce pancreatic enzymes, which is an important part of digestion. It’s a carminative spice, so it can relieve bloating and flatulence too. Cumin can also act as a natural laxative and helps with constipation, so a great help to our gut. You could dissolve a teaspoon of ground cumin in a cup of hot water to help a stomach ache.
2) It’s Rich In Iron – Cumin is a great nutritious addition to a diet for treating anemia. Symptoms; such as fatigue and headaches, caused by low iron levels, can be eased by this spice.
3) Anti-Cancer Properties – Cumin has a potent, free radical scavenging ability and is able to mop up the atoms that damage cells. Studies have shown that cumin may have a positive effect on stomach and liver cancers due to its anti-oxidant abilities. It can deal with the free radicals, that damage cells and has encouraging results in protecting ourselves against certain cancers.
4) Liver Health – Cumin has been reported to improve the liver’s detoxification enzymes. These enzymes can help towards preventing conditions like cirrhosis of the liver, a fatty liver or hepatitis.
5) It Can Help Against Colds – Cumin has high levels of Vitamin C, which helps maintain a healthy immune system. It contains a number of essential oils that are a great aid to reduce phlegm and mucous stemming from a cold.