Broccoli Quinoa and Bean Fritters

26th June, 2014

Broccoli Quinoa and Beans Fritters %%

This week I am doing my bookmarked recipes from my BM partner, Mireille’s space. She has some amazing recipes and it was quite a task for me to shortlist what I was going to make. This recipe caught my eyes right after she had posted it. I am always on the lookout for recipes using whole grain and when I saw this one with Quinoa, I wanted to try it right away. I initially thought of making it as a complete dinner by making this as a burger patty, but decided to go low carb and hence used it as a finger food. I made small cutlet sized patty and pan fried them. I did modify the recipe a bit and used some Indian spices. I also used some spicy cheeses to bring some heat into the dish.

Preparation time – 15 minutes
Cooking time – about 40 minutes
Difficulty level – easy

Recipe adapted from – Mireille

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Ingredients – (makes about 30 medium cutlets or 20 large ones)

  • Quinoa – ½ cup
  • Black beans – 1 15 oz can
  • Garbanzo beans/chick peas – 1 15 oz can
  • Broccoli – about 7 oz
  • Cheese (any combination of 2-3) – about1/2 cup (I used habanero cheddar and jalapeno Muenster)
  • Crushed red pepper – 1 tsp (adjust based on your spice level)
  • Garam masala – 1 tsp
  • Dhaniya Jeera powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste) be careful when adding salt since cheese has salt in it)
  • Oil – to pan fry the fritters
Procedure –
  • Wash the quinoa well and then cook it in about 1 cup of water until all the water is absorbed and the quinoa looks fluffy.
Broccoli Quinoa and Beans Fritters
  • Steam the broccoli florets and then keep them aside. Rinse the canned beans and keep them ready as well.
  • In a food processor bowl, add the beans and the broccoli and coarsely grind them to a paste.
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  • Transfer this mixture to a large bowl and then add the cooked quinoa and then rest of the ingredients (except oil). Combine everything with your hand to form a thick mixture.
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  • Make patties with this mixture and then layer them on a baking sheet. I made flat ones and cylindrical ones. Refrigerate this mixture for about an hour. At this stage you could also freeze the shaped patties and then pan fry them when needed.
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  • Heat a heavy skillet and add about a tsp of oil to coat the surface. Lay the chilled patties and let them cook evenly on the all the sides. Add more oil as needed to fry the fritters.
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  • Remove the fritters on a baking sheet and then bake them for additional 5-7 minutes (rotating once in-between) at 300 F. This step is optional but helps to crisp up the patties.
  • Serve with any dipping sauce. My kids ate it with ketchup for their dinner and loved it.
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