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Lentils & Black Rice Burger

Lentils & Black Rice Burger is a vegetarian burger made with chana dal and black rice. Its high in protein and antioxidants.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Priya Lakshminarayan


  • 2 ciabatta buns
  • 1 cup chana dal Green Bengal Gram
  • 1 cup cooked black rice
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp schezwan sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
  • Salt
  • To be ground to a coarse paste
  • 5-6 almonds
  • 3-4 green chillies
  • 4-5 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp. ginger paste
  • For assembly
  • Green chutney
  • Hot sauce
  • Veggie slices onion, tomatoes, beetroot
  • Lettuce leaves


  • Prepared a coarse paste of almonds, garlic, ginger, green chillies and lime juice. Cook the black rice simultaneously as per instructions on the pack.¬†When the rice and the lentils were done, add them all to a mixing bowl.
  • After giving it a good mix, add the red bell pepper, salt, grated Parmesan and schezwan sauce. Then add in the chopped onions and cilantro.
  • Give this mixture a good mix. To bind this mixture, using a masher, mash it well till you can form burger patties with it.
  • I prefer doing this when making burgers, I always keep the mixture in the fridge for 20-25 minutes so that they set well, are easy to cook and do not break easily. I shaped¬†the mixture into square patties and left them in the fridge. Later, grill them with little oil. Do not keep flipping them. Suggest you cook one side for a good 2-3 minutes and then flip to cook the other side. This reduces any chance of breakage.
  • The burger patties are ready. Now to assemble the burger, toast the ciabatta buns and spread some green chutney on each side of the bread. Add a burger patti and any sliced veggies on one side of the bread. I used onion and beetroot slices. Sprinkle cheese and add any hot sauce on top if you wish. Place a lettuce leaf on top. Close the burger and take a bite!


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