Mixed Sprouts & Smoked Aubergine Burger
necessity is the mother of invention
Whoever thought up this proverb must have had the foresight of these burgers.
I had some mixed sprout (a combination of chickpea, black eyed beans, wheat, fenugreek, peas and moong beans) which I decided to incorporate into this totally kooky recipe of mine.
The idea was to bind everything with some mashed sweet potato but when I boiled the tuber in a pressure cooker, it was not fully cooked. I cooked it again only to discover that it was a bad ‘un which went straight into the dustbin. Had no time to boil another one so decided to throw in some rice flakes (pohe) instead.
A mixture of steamed mixed sprouts, smoked aubergine, carrot and pumpkin gets you these super delicious burgers.
The ingredients may sounds odd but they actually work very well together.
Enjoy them with some grilled/stir-fried/steamed vegetables.
1 Cup mixed sprouts (or any sprouts of your choice)
1 Medium size aubergine
1 Large carrot
250 Grams pumpkin
1 Head garlic
4-5 Bird’s eye chilli
Handful of fresh basil leaves
1 Cup rice flakes
2 Tablespoons dry roasted pinenut
1 Tablespoon sumac
1 Tablespoon smoked or plain paprika
3-4 Tablespoons quick cooking (instant) oats
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Salt to taste
- Steam the sprouts till tender but with a bite to them.
- Either grill the aubergine or smoke it on a gas burner.
- Once cool, peel the skin and remove the flesh.
- Wash and coarsely grate the carrot.
- Peel, wash and coarsely grate the pumpkin.
- Peel, wash and finely chop the onion.
- Peel and chop the garlic.
- Wash and slice the chilli.
- Wash and tear the basil leaves.
- Heat a drop of oil in a frying pan and cook the onion, garlic and chilli along with a pinch of salt.
- Let the onion mixture cook for about 5 minutes. Take off the heat and cool.
- In a large mixing bowl, throw in the sprouts, aubergine, carrot, pumpkin, onion mixture, sumac, paprika, pinenut, rice flakes, egg and salt to taste.
- Shape this mixture into oval or round.
- Crumble the oats with your hands and coat each burger in the oat crumbs.
- Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the burgers, 10 minutes each side.
- Enjoy hot or warm. Leftover can be frozen.