Whether you’re throwing a house party or cooking for your family this weekend, we’ve got a delicious recipe idea for you that works perfectly as a canapé or as a base for a glorious veggie burger.
This recipe is made with one of our star ingredients, amaranth. This powerful pseudo grain was the staple of the pre-Columbian Aztecs. It’s one of a kind. Amaranth is packed with high-quality protein, minerals and vitamins. One cup of cooked amaranth grain contains roughly 9 grams of protein, an abundance of manganese, a good dose of magnesium, phosphorus and iron, and some vitamin B6. Amaranth grain is naturally gluten-free. Its properties support bone health, aid the digestive system and act as an inflammatory.
Amaranth grains are tiny, and when cooked, they get a kind of sheen and look almost like caviar. We’ve also used them in sweet puddings. You can cook amaranth just about the same way you’d cook rice. It has a very pleasant aroma, with nutty notes and slightly herbal taste. It’s somewhat sticky and similar to steel cut oats but way crunchier.
The flavour of the patties itself wasn’t that difficult to achieve but since we never deep fry, the texture is something we had to work on. Blending our no-meatballs mixture with amaranth gave them the right texture and crunchiness. Amaranth also refined them with a slightly peppery taste. It’s a perfect addition to a vegan snacks if you’re looking for those ‘meaty’ flavours.
Our patties are not only yummy, but can also be used in various dishes or as healthy snacks. For example, you can add them in a salad or shape into balls as a finger food. We also love to combine them with a sourdough bun and make a killer burger!
Serves 4, makes in 50 mins
100% plant-based, vegan, free from added sugar
- 2 medium carrots
- 1 small bunch parsley
- 1 cup cooked green lentils
- 1/2 cup cooked Erbology amaranth grain
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- 1 small red onion
- 2-3 garlic cloves
- 3 tbsp tamari soy sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Pinch of thyme
- Pinch of chili flakes
- 2-3 tbsp grapeseed oil, for cooking
First off, prepare your vegetables. Peel and shred the carrots. Finely chop parsley, onion and garlic.
Place all the ingredients except for amaranth grain in a mixing bowl. Mix well, squishing the mixture between your hands and making sure to break the lentils.
When the mixture starts coming together, add the amaranth. Mix it in with a wooden spoon.
Now it’s time to form the patties or balls, whichever you prefer. Take the desired amount and shape it accordingly. Place on a tray and prepare a pan.
When the grapeseed oil is heated, add about 3 patties and cook at medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side.
Founded in London by siblings Irina and Victor Turcan, Erbology wants to inspire you to embrace a balanced way of living that nourishes your mind, body and soul.
The company creates healthy snacks, drinks, oils and recipe ingredients from powerful plants that complement each other.
Erbology was launched as a response to today’s fast-paced lifestyles, excessive consumption of processed foods and synthetic supplements, as well as intensive agriculture practices.
Erbology creates organic, gluten-free snacks, and is on a mission to create a positive impact on the world around us. Erbology is constantly digging up new ways to integrate nature’s marvels that can add a touch of excitement into our busy lives.
Erbology is stocked in the UK at retailers such as Daylesford, Revital Health, The Grocer and many more great independents. It is also available online on Ocado, Amazon Prime and www.erbology.co.