Braised Red Beans with Brown Bread

Many health conscious people and weight watchers choose brown bread. I think it is a smart choice, it is always good to eat healthy. Recently I started eating brown bread and I try to come up with many ways to make it tasty every time by adding  spices and veggies. I select brown breads made from wheat bran not sure how healthy it is compared to the usual white bread but I like to think that what I am eating is healthy 🙂 Kidney beans are full of protein  and I thought it is a good combination with bread, just by adding few vegetables I prepared braised beans. It may look less attractive and more like hospital food but believe me its way tastier and healthier than any junk food or burger.
Braised Red Beans with Brown Bread

 

Ingredients:

  • Brown bread
  • Cumin- 1/2 tbs
  • Garlic cloves- 2
  • Kidney beans- 1 cup (soaked overnight and cooked or canned)
  • Onion- 1 medium
  • Capsicum- 1
  • Tomato- 2
  • Green chillies
  • Salt
  • Water

Preparation:

  1. Cook kidney beans in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles
  2. In a pan  add a tbs of olive oil and cumin seeds, let it splutter
  3. Add chopped onions, capsicum, green chillies and crushed garlic cloves fry them well
  4. Now add chopped tomatoes and let them become mushy before you add cooked beans and a cup of water and salt
  5. Cook this mixture in low flame for 20 minutes, you can add more water if it is needed
  6. Serve it hot with brown bread

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Healthy and Tasty Chick Peas Patty Burger

Eating burgers can have some bad effects on your health mainly eating a lot of fried potatoes in your burger can lead to weight gain. I wanted a healthy and tasty substitute for potato in the patties and ended up making some crispy chick peas patties.  These patties are not deep fried, I shallow fried them to avoid as much oil as possible. For weekend’s brunch these burgers with a glass of home made smoothie can fill your stomach and you won’t even feel guilty for devouring more than 2 burgers 🙂

Chick pea patty burger

Ingredients :

For Patty –

  • Chick Peas (soaked overnight and cooked or canned)  – 2  small cups
  • Garlic- 4 cloves
  • Onion- 1 small
  • Capsicum- 1
  • Cumin seeds
  • Garam masala powder- 1/4 tbs
  • Chilly powder- 1/2 tbs
  • Bread crumbs
  • 4 tbs of All purpose flour in 4 tbs of water (can use egg if you want to)
  • Oil for shallow frying

For Burger:

  • Burger bread- 8
  • Lettuce- 8 leaves
  • Mayonnaise- plain
  • Cabbage- cut into thin stripes 1/2 cup
  • Cucumber- cut into thin slices- 1/2 cup

Preparation: 

  1. Take a pan and fry cumin seeds, Chopped garlic, onion and capsicum for few minutes to take out the raw smell
  2. Add these to a blender along with cooked and drained chick peas, garam masala, chilly powder and salt to grind coarsely
  3. Now prepare patties according to your burger’s size and dip in all purpose flour and water mixture or beaten egg
  4. Roll on bread crumbs and shallow fry them in a pan with olive oil (you can also deep fry them if you want to but there are possibilities of patty crumbling down into hot oil)
  5. Now arrange them in the middle of burger bread (you can pan toast inside of the burger if you want to leaving the top fresh and untouched) and decorate well with lettuce leaf, cabbage and cucumber according to your wish and top it with mayonnaise and tomato ketchup and enjoy the juicy burgers.