Happy belated Veganuary! I hope for those of you being vegan for this month,or even a permanent lifestyle choice,that the change isn’t too daunting! Hopefully you can get some kind of food ideas from my blog and find the journey of veganism an adventurous one!
This recipe uses green lentils which can be boring at times and an unlikely ingredient, cloud mushrooms/black fungus. This is a baked burger,but if you wish to fry it,do so, experiment with different veggies and spices to give good flavour combinations. I used cassava flour as binder,but flaxseed or chia seeds could be an option.
MAKES 6 BURGERS
250 of Green lentils, boiled until soft,after being soaked in water with baking soda.
3-4 Pieces of Cloud mushrooms, soaked in jot water,drained, rinsed and chopped. You can find these in a Chinese Supermarket or experiment with other mushrooms.
1 Onion chopped, and lightly fried. (Optional)
2 Cloves of Garlic crushed
Spice Mix and binder for burgers:
Breadcrumbs/Extra Gari for coating the burgers.
Oil to sprinkle/shallow fry
Firstly, boil the lentils for around 40 minutes or less,as they will cook quickly. Drain and rinse in cold water. Set aside. Then blend the dry spices, except for the gari and liquid seasoning.
Lightly fry the onions and garlic if using both. Add to the lentils and blend with the spices, liquid seasoning and the mushrooms.
If you want chunks of mushroom,blast the food processor until it becomes chopped to a desirable size.
Add the gari/flax, until the mixture bonds together enough to shape it. Chill in the freezer for 20 minutes or 45 minutes to 1 hour in the fridge.
Get a chopping board, and sprinkle a handful of the gari onto part of it. Take a quantity of mixture and shape it into a circle. Gently pat the mixture,so that the diameter is a thickness of one inch. Then use something circularyo shape the burgers. Afterwards, drop the burger into the gari. Cover both sides, and set aside for frying or baking.
Bake in the oven for around,15 minute or so. Serve with buns,salad and vegan/dairy cheese and any condiments of your choice. I served mine with white cheese and kimchi, with Texas Toast instead of buns.