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For Red Veggie Burger Patties
By Bhakta Krsna Dhenu
Buffalo, New York, USA
As a seventeen year old, in the movement for four years, it took me some time to learn how to get adjusted to prasadam. By the mercy of the devotees, I have learned how to make veggie burgers. Unlike store brand veggie burgers, these burgers don't have eggs, onion, and garlic in them. In addition, the store brands has fat added to it. After many trials, I have finally perfected the veggie burger recipe.
1 lb of silken tofu ("Nasoya" brand is the best) 4+ cups of dry oatmeal or rolled oats. (you may need to add more oatmeal in order to get the correct consistency.)
7 tablespoons sweet basil leaves 7 tablespoons oregano leaves (you may need more) 1 tablespoon black pepper 1 tablespoon red pepper 3 tablespoons of cumin powder 1 tablespoon paprika 5 tablespoons of hing 3 tablespoons of sugar 0.5 tablespoon of salt 1 spoon of ghee optional to give it that "Goloka" touch. small amounts of water may help.
1. Take the tofu and slowly mix the oatmeal in a large bowl. Keep stirring and add more oatmeal if necessary. The consistency needs to be as such that stirring becomes very difficult. This is to the point where you hand starts to hurt! (Take a break if your hand hurts. If it doesn't hurt, then go to step 2)
2. Add the following ingredients in the following order: hing, cumin powder, basil, oregano, powdered red pepper, paprika, black pepper, sugar, and salt. If you wish to add ghee, add that first. Since you will be stirring the tofu-oatmeal mix which will be very tough to stir, water might be help, but add very very small amounts. Adding too much water will destroy the consistency as well as the burger taste itself. (If you hand didn't hurt on Step 1, by this time it should hurt. Take another break.)
3. After mixing thoroughly, take a small amount of this mixture and roll it up to form a ball. If you see that your mixture is excessively crumbling, then you might have to remix it again. Perhaps add water. If the mixture is too mushy, add more oatmeal and 1 tablespoon of each of the ingredients except sugar, peppers, and salt. If the ball of mixture is nice and "smooth" then place it on an oiled baking sheet, or an oiled aluminum foil and with your strongest hand, take your palm and push down on the ball so that you get a shape of a patty. You can shape it to a circle if you'd like.
4. Place this on an oven for 400 degrees Farenheit for about 10 minutes or if you see that the burger is getting golden brown. Take the burger out and flip the side and put it back in the oven for about 5 minutes or until it becomes golden brown. The burger is ready for Krsna to enjoy. For a bonus point, you can make the burger juicier by brushing the patty with ghee. Now, you've the red veggie burger patty. Don't forget to offer to Sri Krsna!
HOW TO SERVE:
Typically, during the heating of the burgers, I would take bagels and toast it with a pan. I would also get tomatoes sliced, lettuce cut up, two slices of cheese ready and my pizza sauce (or bonafide ketchup if you prefer) ready so that when the burgers come out, just by placing the burger on the bagel with cheese on one side, the hot burger will melt the cheese. Then, you've got the "Singha King" Veggie Burger ready to offer to Lord Krsna! I personally eat veggie burger prasadam with pakoras and decaf soda! Now, that's a 99 cent value that is karma free!
Hare Krishna! your servant, Bhakta Krsna Dhenu
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