So as I mentioned before I have been struggling with writing posts these days. And I feel really bad because I have a ton of great recipes in the line up. But I just cant think of what to write.
Yup, there are certain things going on- I am going to India soon (and am pretty pretty excited about that!). I am also making sure I lose weight before I reach India, lest my mom comments that “what have I done to my body!” like she did the first time I went to India after marriage. That means gymming in the morning and running in the evening. But the chocolates in the house really aren’t helping. Whatever I burn by sweating I gain by eating the darn chocolates. Each time we go to the grocery store V really tries to dissuade me from buying them because he knows I will come back to him later and blame him for letting me go through the whole packet of peanut M&Ms on my own (but oh gawd they are sooooo good, and yes I am that kind of wife- I blame my husband for EVERYTHING). Of course I don’t listen then or to the voice in my head telling me not to eat any and end up eating and then regretting. I know, I have zero self control. I blame V!
But then since I don’t have any self control when it comes to chocolates I try to make sure I eat healthy otherwise. Like these tofu burgers on homemade spinach whole wheat bread.
Sometimes when the TV is on during the day – which somehow isn’t too often these days (in the morning, that is, at primetime its a different case altogether with all the new seasons of my fav TV shows on), I do watch a cooking show or two (earlier the Food network was the only channel that was ever on in our house in the morning, but now the TV is hardly on). I have come to like this show on an Indian lifestyle channel called Love Bites with Joey. The host is this ex model, and even though I do not care for her presentation skills I do find her recipes fairly interesting. I have tried and posted about the Kerala style Fish Fry recipe adapted from her show, and honestly I couldn’t wait to share these Tofu burgers with you.
I know people have an aversion towards Tofu and the moment you mention it’s in a dish, people just look the other way. But seriously guys, take my word for it, you really wont feel like you are eating Tofu. I honestly did not have high hopes for the recipe, considering it was Tofu (not one of my favorite ingredients) but I was pleasantly surprised when I took a bite into these burgers. They tasted like any other veggie burger (let me be more specific- any other delicious veggie burger) you have had. Plus, its packed with lots and lots of protein. And if you have it on these homemade spinach buns, you have a chock-a-full good for you meal on your plate. Do give them a try, will ya and let me know how it goes.
For the spinach bun recipe, I just used my spinach bread recipe and instead of shaping the bread as a loaf, I made burger buns out of the dough. I also subbed 1/3 of the bread flour with whole wheat flour and added wheat germ to the recipe. Find the recipe HERE.
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- 500 grams firm tofu, crumbled
- 200 grams roasted almond crumbs ( I just used almond flour for convenience)
- 100-120 grams chickpeas/ garbanzo beans (cooked)
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 tsp peri peri powder (optional, for the extra heat)
- 1 tsp white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp chilli flakes (or more)
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- 2 carrots, finely chopped
- ½ stalk of celery, chopped
- pinch of nutmeg
- 1-2 tbsp tahini paste
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Heat oil in a pan. Add the garlic and cumin. Saute for a few seconds.
- Add the carrots, celery, onion and saute for a few minutes, to sweat them out.
- Grate the nutmeg over the vegetable mixture.
- In a bowl, add tofu, chickpeas, soy sauce, roasted nut powder, tahini paste, salt, pepper, bread crumbs and mix well by hand.
- To the tofu mix, add the sauteed vegetables and fold.
- Mould the mixture into burger size patties and fry in the pan with some oil for 2-2½ minutes or till golden brown on both sides. (I actually baked these at 400 F for about 10-15 minutes on each side. If you plan to bake them just spray them with a little oil on both sides first)
- Toast the buns and serve with your favorite condiments and sauce.