Vegetarian food sometimes gets a bad reputation because people associate it with having to compromise on flavor. When sharing pictures of vegetarian foods with friends, I have encountered many instances where the person would question whether the food tastes good just based on the fact that is is vegetarian. The truth is that a vegetarian dish can look and taste just as good as any other dish. The trick is that you have to use a variety of veggies and also an appropriate mix of spices. The results can be very rewarding with just a little bit of extra effort!
- 3/4 cup of dried Lentil
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup of carrots, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup of corns
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- dash of cayenne pepper
- 7 tablespoons of bread crumbs
- 3 tablespoons of cilantro or parsley
- 1 large egg (omit for vegan and add another tablespoon of bread crumbs)
- dash of salt
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons yogurt or Vegenaise
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- Prepare aioli by combining the ingredients above and refrigerate
- In a medium saucepan, cover the lentils with cold water by 2 inches and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots, 3 garlic cloves and cook for 3 minutes. Add corns and cook for another 2 minutes. Stir in cumin and cayenne pepper. Remove from heat.
- In a bowl, mix lentils, bread crumbs, cilantro, egg, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, salt and pepper.
- Form lentil mixture into 12 equal portions for 12 mini burgers, or 6 equal portions for regular size burger of 1/2 inch thick.
- Heat oil on a skillet over medium heat and add lentil burgers, cook for 3 minutes on each size until golden. Serve hot burgers with cold aioli.