Smoky Amaranth & Black Bean Burger with Red Bell Pepper Sauce

Smoky Amaranth & Black Bean Burger with Red Bell Pepper Sauce

(Serves 4)

Ingredients:

For the Patties:

¼ cup uncooked amaranth

¾ cup water

1 sprig fresh thyme

1 tsp smoked paprika

1½ cups cooked black beans

1 red bell pepper,

1 small red chilli

1 onion

1 garlic

½ tsp smoked paprika powder

½ tsp cumin powder

2 tbsp brown rice flour or whole wheat flour

salt and pepper to taste

For the Sauce:

½ cup coconut milk

1 red bell pepper

1 garlic clove

2 drops of tabasco sauce

salt and pepper to taste

Other:

4 whole wheat sourdough buns

2 ripe tomatoes

1 red onion

2 handfuls of lettuce leaves

Method:

Pre-heated an oven to 400°F/200°C.

Wash and drain quarter of a cup of uncooked amaranth. Place the washed amaranth into a saucepan. Add 3/4 cup of water. Add the leaves of one thyme sprig. Add 1 tsp smoked paprika, mix well, cover with a lid and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 15 minutes or until the grains are tender.

Heat a frying pan on a high heat, add the chopped red bell pepper, red chilli, onion and garlic and saute with a dash of water to deglaze the pan, then remove from the heat after a few minutes.

In a large bowl, add one and a half cups of cooked black beans. Add the sauteed red peppers, onion, chilli and garlic. Add ½ tsp smoked paprika powder and ½ tsp cumin powder. Add the cooked amaranth and mix well. Mashing with your hands to mash the black beans. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the brown rice flour and mix well. Add more flour if needed to ensure the mixture is firm enough to form into patties. Shape into four to six patties. Place the patties on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Place the patties in the oven and bake for 20 minutes turning after 10 minutes.

For the sauce:

Place in a blender half a cup of whole food coconut milk, one red bell pepper, one garlic clove and two drops of tabasco sauce. Puree into a sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.

To serve:

Slice four buns in half. Place a layer of lettuce onto half of the bun, then the tomato slices, a hot pattie, some red pepper sauce, some red onion slices, then top with other half of the bun.

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