Quinoa Burger

2 cups cooked quinoa
1/2 cup cooked lentils or black beans
1/8 cup lightly toasted sesame seeds – optional
1 tablespoon garlic-ginger paste
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup rice flakes or fresh bread crumbs
Sesame seeds for coating the burgers
Vegetable oil for pan-frying

1) Combine cooked quinoa, lentils (whole brown lentils – masoor), sesame seeds, garlic-ginger paste, salt and cayenne pepper in a mixing bowl. At this stage, I like to add extra seasonings, fresh herbs and chopped nuts that are common in my Indian kitchen.
2) Add rice flakes (bread crumbs, oats or chickpea flour) as needed to bind the mixture. Mix thoroughly and adjust the seasonings as desired.
3) Form the mixture into patties and lightly coat both sides with pulverized rice flakes or sesame seeds. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before pan-frying.
4) Heat oil in a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet and pan-fry in oil for 4 to 6 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Serve warm.

Yield: 4-6 Quinoa Burgers.

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