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
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.