Bhaji Burger

Reprinted with permission from PLANTS ONLY KITCHEN by Gaz Oakley (Quadrille).

Ingredients

  • 1 large white onion, finely sliced
  • 1 parsnip, grated
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • Handful of fresh coriander (cilantro), roughly chopped
  • 3–4 tablespoons chickpea flour
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt, plus extra for sprinkling
  • vegetable oil, for frying

For the mint yogurt dip

  • 1 cup vegan yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • Handful of fresh mint, chopped
  • Handful of fresh coriander (cilantro) stalks, roughly chopped
  • Pinch of sea salt

For the Salad

  • 1 Baby Gem lettuce, shredded
  • Handful of fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves
  • Small handful of fresh mint
  • Sprinkle of black onion seeds (nigella seeds)
  • Juice of 1 lemon

To serve

  • 4 toasted burger buns
  • Mango chutney, optional

Steps

Step 1

To make the bhaji mixture, add the onion, parsnip, turmeric, chillies, coriander (cilantro), chickpea flour, and salt to a mixing bowl with 3–4 tablespoons of water and mix well using your hands. When the mixture is sticky and comes together, it is ready.

Step 2

Half-fill a saucepan with the oil and place over a medium heat. Alternatively, use a deep-fat fr yer set to around 180C (350F). If using a saucepan, to test if the oil is hot enough, place a wooden spoon directly into the oil. If bubbles form around the wood, then your oil is hot enough.

Step 3

Pick up around 2 tablespoons of the bhaji mixture and carefully lower it into the oil to deep-fry for around 2–3 minutes. You should get about 8 bhajis from this mixture. You can fry 3 or 4 of the bhajis at a time. Do not add too many as it will overcrowd the pan, lowering the temperature of the oil and raising the level.

Step 4

Once the bhajis are golden and crispy, remove them from the oil using a spider or a slotted spoon and place them onto a plate lined with kitchen paper. Season with a touch of sea salt to k eep them crisp.

Step 5

While the bhajis are frying, mix together the dip ingredients in a small bowl. Once you’ve used up all the bhaji mixture, set the bhajis aside until you’re ready to serve.

Step 6

Before serving, toss your salad ingredients together.

Step 7

To serve, build your burgers, making sure to add lots of mango chutney, yogurt dip, salad and, of course, the beautiful bhajis – 2 per person.

photo by Peter O Sullivan