Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Black Bean Cakes




I love chicken and seafood. However being Indian, Vegetarian food forms a major part of our cuisine. In a typical Indian platter, Lentils or Legumes take the spot for protein, a whole wheat flat bread called Roti is the carbohydrate element in the food and a side dish in the form of veggies and salad fortify the food with the much needed vitamins, minerals and fiber. This is a typical well-rounded meal and is an everyday staple at our home.

I am always surprised by the innumerable variations that can be done with vegetarian food. Being a huge legume fan I was excited with the idea of making these cakes with mashed beans. First I thought of making burgers out of them but I ran out of buns and decided for small patties instead. I served it with a creamy low fat yogurt dip. Believe me even if you are a carnivore you surely will enjoy these be sure to give them a shot. I’ll be glad to hear about your experience with these.

Ingredients:
Patties:
1-½ cup black beans
1 small carrot shredded
1 clove garlic finely chopped
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
¼ cup chopped green pepper
1 tsp Cajun seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp EVOO

Dip:
¼ cup low fat yogurt
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
2 tsp chopped jalapeno
Salt and pepper
1 tsp EVOO



Preparation:

Mix all the ingredients for the dip and set aside.

Wash and rinse the black beans and mash then really well. Add all the ingredients and season to taste. With the help of an ice cream scooper, scoop out equal quantities and shape evenly. Heat the oil and fry these patties.

Serve with the yummy dip!!

P.S.---Do not flip the patties until the first side is nice and firm, coz' there are huge chances that it will break.

Happy eating!!

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