Oil is an essential part of cooking and also key ingredients to keep heart healthy, in my kitchen I never ever compromise on quality of oil, but I prefer cooking oils which are neutral in taste and aroma, though sometimes for Indian dishes I do not mind Mustard oil but so far I restricted my self to either Olive Oil or Rice Bran Oil, recently market of healthy oil is slowly but steadily swamped by Canola oil. "What is Canola oil, from where it comes, what it is made of"?? All these questions intrigued my mind, the word Canola is acronym which stands for "Canada + Oil", extracted from plant with an unfortunate name "Rape" or "Rapeseed".
Recently, Dalmia Continental launched couple of premium cooking oil products in India like Leonardo Olive Oil and Hudson Canola Oil and to my pleasant surprise I was sent Hudson Canola Oil along with the recipe book, nicely packed. If we go by the scientific facts than Canola Oil has the lowest saturated fat amongst all oils, very high monounsaturated fat, very high Omega-3 and rich Vitamin-E content and I find this oil perfect for Indian cooking as there is no overpowering aroma, flavor or taste, infact my husband couldn't differentiate in taste, when I cooked Red Beans Burger in it.
This Red Beans Burger are perfect vegetarian version of Turkey/Ham Burger and full of healthy ingredients, now I indulge myself in this junk food once in a week without any guilt about the calories I am consuming. Sometimes I use these patties instead of Falafel in my wraps, topped with loads of salad dressing and greens, which is totally divine!!!
I prefer shallow frying Burger Patties rather than deep frying, because once you deep fry all the goodness is coated with a thick layer of oil, deep frying reminds me that Canola Oil has medium-high smoke point, so it works well for sautéing, deep frying and baking.
With the growing demand of healthy cooking oils in India daily new foreign companies are launching their products but I always make sure to do a little bit of research before buying any new cooking oil because there are lot many brands selling cheaper and duplicate version of these oils so that may have adverse affect on health and as well as heart, so either I stick to traditional Indian Cooking Oils or I would prefer buying only premium quality good brand imported oils and I am so glad that now I can add another brand in my trusted brand list - Hudson Canola Oil.
Recipe: Red Beans Burger
Yield: Make 3 Medium Sized Burgers
For Burger Patty:
⅓ Cup Red Kidney Beans, soaked for 2 - 3 hours in water
¼ Cup Soya Mince, boiled and drained
¼ Cup Oats, Powdered + 2 Tbsp
¼ Cup Chopped Onion
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 Tsp Cumin Powder
Salt, as per taste
¼ Cup Hudson Canola Oil for Shallow Frying
¼ Cup hung yogurt (you can also use greek yogurt)
1 tablespoon mayonnaise (optional)
Few sprigs of Chives and Parsley, chopped
Salt and Pepper, as per taste
3 Medium Burger Buns
Greens - Any choice of lettuce, baby spinach, arugula or clover sprouts
Sliced tomatoes, cucumber, Gherkin, Onion
1 1/2 tablespoon Olive oil for brushing
Pressure cook red beans in 1 Cup water until soft and mushy. Drain in colander and keep aside for 15 minutes.
Bring ingredients of burger patty together in a bowl. Mix well using spatula or hand. Divide into 3 equal parts. Make sure there is no excess water in cooked beans and soya mince.
Take one part in hand. Using both hands roll into a ball. Press between palms to make a flat 1/2 - 3/4 inch thick patties. Pop in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
Before cooking coat patties in 2 tbsp powdered oats.
Heat a heavy bottom pan and pour canola oil. Cook patties both sides until crispy from outside, for about 10 minutes.
Whisk ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside for later.
Cut the Burger Buns into half. Brush the cut sides of buns with oil. Place on hot pan. Lightly toast for 30 seconds.
Spread cheese slice on bottom half of bun followed by lettuce leaves, burger patty then spoonful of yoghurt sauce. Place tomato, onion and greens topped by the top roll half.
Enjoy the junk without any calorie guilts!!!
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