An open-faced burger with a patti made of yams, red beans, lentils and spinach topped with grilled cheese is very nutritious & delicious. Easy to make too!
Open face burgers and sandwiches are a rage these days. There are lots of restaurants serving these kind of meals which has its own fan following. I know of this because I have a friend from the hotel industry who tells me that nowadays restaurants are seeing to it that they have an open-faced burger/sandwich on their menu. I had never heard of this kind back in India. So it did come as a surprise to know that such a variety exists! On a girls night out, one of my friends ordered this meal and ever since then, I have been hooked onto it. When I asked her why she would want to eat such a burger, her honest reply was, “To cut down on the calories from that extra bread! Duh!!” As amusing as that may sound, it could be true in some way. After all there is one less bread to eat here. And yes, it would be way less calories if one skips the cheese as well. ūüėČ
Anyways, I enjoy making varieties of vegetarian burgers, sandwiches and wraps for my lunch. In fact, every week I try a new recipe. I love creating my burgers from scratch. Just few days ago I had made Deconstructed Masoor Dal Cutlet Sandwich which I feel got over really fast. Yeah, they tasted that good. Some other popular recipes that I have on my blog are Lentils & Black Rice Burger, Lettuce Wraps with Golden Beetroot Tater Tots & Yogurt Salsa, Potato Capsicum Grill Sandwich. Each one is different from the other. I love trying out variations with bread. In fact, one such experiment was Stuffed Potato French Loaf which was widely appreciated. I had so many writing in to tell me that they loved this idea! It made me so happy and thankful.
Elephant Foot Yam is known as Suran in India. There are many traditional recipes made using suran like it’s added in Avial and sambhar. However I wanted to use it to make a conventional metro dish and what better way than making a patti of it and using it in a burger. Since I had never made an open-faced burger for myself, I decided to go with this idea. I created this recipe from scratch and hope you enjoy making it as much as I did. Heat oil in a pan, fry garlic till the raw smell disappears. Add suran and red beans along with salt. Mix and saute for 4-5 minutes. Then add chilly powder and Homemade Turmeric Powder. Saute for another 2 minutes. Then add the spinach. Saute till the spinach is cooked.
Take it off the flame and transfer it to a mixing bowl. Boil tur dal with salt and turmeric powder. Strain the water and add this lentil to the mixing bowl. Add cilantro, salt, dried parsley and Homemade Garam Masala. Mix it all together. Shape them like a patti and dab semolina flour on both sides.
Heat a skillet, spray some oil and cook the patti evenly on both sides. Toast bread slices, apply hummus on one side of the slice. Place the cooked patti on the slice. Add onion rings and cheese slice over it. Place in the oven and broil for 2 mins or till the cheese melts.
I fell in love with this burger right from the first bite! Suran tastes so good in this dish that it is unbelievable! Some years ago, I would have only made and had burgers with potatoes in it. Ever since I started blogging, I have experimented with burger patti and used sweet potatoes, beetroots and now yams. They all tasted great and are a good alternative to the regular burger patties.
- 1 tbsp oil
- 3-4 cloves of garlic
- 1 cup chopped suran
- 1 can red beans
- 2 tsp chilly powder
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 cup tur dal
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 2 tbsp dried parsley
- 2 tsp garam masala
- 1/2 cup semolina/rawa
- 2-4 bread slices
- 2-3 tbsp of hummus
- 1 onion cut in rings
- Cheese slices as required
- Dried red pepper flakes and dried cilantro for garnish
- Tomato ketchup to serve
- Heat¬†oil¬†in a¬†pan, fry¬†garlic¬†till the raw smell disappears. Add¬†suran¬†and¬†red beans¬†along with¬†salt. Mix and saute for 4-5 minutes. Then add chilly powder and¬†Homemade Turmeric Powder. Saute for another 2 minutes. Then add the spinach. Saute till the spinach is cooked.
- Take it off the flame and transfer it to a¬†mixing bowl. Boil¬†tur dal¬†with salt and¬†turmeric powder.¬†Strain¬†the water and add this lentil to the mixing bowl. Add cilantro, salt, dried parsley and¬†Homemade Garam Masala. Mix it all together. Shape them like a patti and dab¬†semolina flour¬†on both sides.
- Heat a¬†skillet, spray some¬†oil¬†and cook the patti evenly on both sides.¬†Toast¬†bread¬†slices, apply¬†hummus¬†on one side of the slice. ¬†Place the cooked patti on the slice. Add onion rings and¬†cheese slice¬†over it. Place in the oven and broil for 2 mins or till the cheese melts.
- Sprinkle¬†red pepper flakes¬†and¬†dried cilantro¬†over it. Open faced Yam Burger with Hummus sauce is ready! Cut and serve with¬†tomato ketchup.
Now I can proudly say that Suran can be used in other recipes too and they taste just great. Suran is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C, making it a viable option in cooking. I would love to experiment with this vegetable and create more recipes with it. This Open Faced Yam Burger is protein rich, cheesy and lip smacking! You can make it for Tailgating parties, for Thanksgiving parties, Halloween parties, on game nights, date nights, etc and be assured that all your guests will love it!
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