March 27, 2017

Five Spice Bean Burger

             Five Spice Bean Burger is a burger with beans as the basic ingredient. The flavors are added in with Five Spice powder also called as Chinese Five spice powder. Preparing Fresh Five spice powder is very easy. It has Cinnamon, Cloves, Fennel, Star anise and peppercorns. They are roasted slightly and powdered fresh. These fresh spices are very flavorful and blend well with the beans.

For making Five spice powder:

  • 2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 large star anise
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns

(Roast all the ingredients on low heat until aroma comes out, cool down and powder finely)

For Burger:

  • 7 oz can Great Northern beans
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon five spice powder
  • salt to taste
  • 3 hamburger buns
  • Cheese slices as needed
  • 2 tablespoon mayo or as needed
  • Mixed Greens / Lettuce leaves as needed


  • To start making Five Spice Bean Burger, drain the beans to a medium bowl, reserving the liquid. Mash the beans using a fork or potato masher. 
  • Add bread crumbs, egg, pepper, garlic powder, soy sauce, sugar, lemon juice, cilantro, five spice powder with required salt. Mix all the ingredients until the burger holds together. If needed add a little from the reserved bean liquid but it should not become too wet. 
  • Divide the batter to 3 equal portions and shape into patties. Heat 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Add the patties and cook, turning once, until a crisp crust forms on both sides. Place the cheese slice on the top of cooked burger, once it starts to melt, switch off and remove to a plate. Meanwhile, warm up the burger buns in a 300'F oven for about 4 to 5 minutes. 
  • Spread mayo on each warm burger bun. Start layering the burger by adding lettuce then layer the cooked burger patties and cover with the top burger bun. Serve warm.

Eggplant Caponata Pasta

                 If you are a pasta lover and totally interested in adding up a vegetarian variation then this recipe is for you. Eggplant Caponata is a dip that is served cold with toasted pita chips or with taco chips. Here is the recipe with loaded flavors like the dip but totally a entree that can be served for meat free weeknight dinners. With ingredients in your pantry this pasta can be prepared and served without much time consumption. Lets proceed to see this easy and flavorful pasta recipe.

March 13, 2017

Bamboo Shoot Stir Fry

             Bamboo shoots are the sprouts that spring out besides bamboo tree. They are consumed largely in Asian countries. They have so much of medical benefits that they are healthy to consume. They have low sugar, caloric content but loaded with fiber, vitamins and minerals too.

February 20, 2017

Quinoa Egg Paniyaram

           Traditional paniyaram recipes are definitely unbeatable but If you wish to sneak in some protein into your diet through breakfast then here is something that will change the traditional paniyaram that we are used to. Quinoa flour is a great healthy substitute to our regular paniyaram. Healthy dose of nutrition in every bite you take. Enjoy these deliciously soft paniyaram with spicy coconut chutney on the side for a wonderful breakfast treat.