Lotus Root Burgers
I’m someone who needs variety in food and can’t always eat the same thing for more than two days in a row (of course dessert doesn’t count!). Burgers are always fun especially in the summers, they can be created using so many different ingredients. I have been recreating burgers with ground chicken, sweet potatoes, plantains and beets to name a few.
Lotus root has always been very mysterious in the sense that it’s a strange looking aquatic plant that is so nutritious. It’s a great source of dietary fiber, vitamin C and important minerals just like zinc, manganese, magnesium, iron and copper. There are so many ways to cook lotus root, the options are limitless. If you feel hesitant to try it, this recipe might be a great start to acquire a taste for this amazing food.
Here in the States you typically find lotus root in most Indian and Asian stores. These are available in cans too but I try to stay away from them as much as possible because of the preservatives. This recipe is so easy to make, I used a potato as well but have also tried this with sweet potatoes and it tastes equally good. Lotus root adds a crunch to these burgers that makes it even more delicious!
This recipe has three easy steps, first boil the lotus root slices and potato together.
Add spices to the boiled lotus root and potato. Mix it all up.
Cook the patty on a non stick pan or grill! Serve over salad or on a bun. Since I avoid grains I typically eat this over salad.
- 1 Small lotus root (about 10 slices)
- 1 Medium size potato
- 3 Tbsp Chopped cilantro
- 11/2 Tsp Ginger and garlic paste
- 2-3 Chopped hot green peppers
- 1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder
- 1/2 Tsp Garam masala
- 1 Tsp Dry mango powder
- 1/2 Tsp Cumin Powder
- 1 Tsp Arrowroot powder
- Salt to Taste
- Peel the lotus root and cut into thin slices.
- Boil the potato and lotus root slices in a pot with water for about 15 minutes (cooking time may vary).
- In a mixing bowl mash the boiled lotus root and potato.
- Add all remaining ingredients and mix.
- Divide the mix and gently form it into 3-4 medium balls.
- Flatten the balls into ¾-inch-thick patties.
- Heat a non stick pan, spray some oil and cook the patty for 5 mins on each side on medium flame.
- Arrowroot powder is used for binding purposes, you can substitute this with bread crumbs.
- Dry mango powder can be substituted with fresh lemon juice.