Sunday, July 20, 2008

Cashew and lentil patties

Some Facts About Lentils(legumes):
  • A legume fruit is a simple dry fruit that develops from a simple carpel and usually dehisces (opens along a seam) on two sides.
  • India is both the world's largest producer and the world's largest importer of pulses.
  • Pulses are important food crops due to their high protein and essential amino acid content. Like many leguminous crops, pulses play a key role in crop rotation due to their ability to fix nitrogen.

EASE: 4/5.5.
You just put everything into a mixer and whizz it all up. Then you form the patties, refrigerate and fry in a pan.
Prep time: 20mins. 5mins to get everything out and whizzed up. 15mins to refrigerate.
Cooking time: 6mins. About 1.5 mins each side. They brown very quickly.
TOTAL: 26mins. Very quick dinner. All on the table in under 30mins. I made the salad and yoghurt dressing whilst the patties were in the fridge.

TASTE: 3/5.
These were rather sweet with a peanut-buttery texture. The strongest taste was the cashews followed by the lentils. I halved the recipe and it made 8 patties.
WOULD I MAKE AGAIN: Probably not.
I would prefer these as a snack rather than as the main component of a meal. I served them with a yoghurt and honey chilli sauce and an avocado, walnut & spinach salad with lemon. You need something to cut through the sweetness. I will probably make them in the future if my children won't eat lentils.

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