November 18, 2014

Cauliflower and Quinoa patties

I write this post as wind whips around the windows, the sun is hiding behind clouds, the white-powdering snow covers the ground and the temperatures are stuck in teens. It makes me craving yet another cup of hot tea. The winter is here and it's just mid-November.

How are you warming up this winter?

In the last couple of months, I have added a hobby to my packed home-work-home schedule and I have to say I'm enjoying it. It's pottery class. I go once a week and am enjoying the rhythm of it.
This is one of the soap dish I made in the first month.
I sat at the pottery wheel a month ago and have been trying to make some straight bowls, but it's hard. All in all, it has been fun learning a new craft.

Quinoa Cauliflower patties
This recipe is kind of the same. I have made several versions of it to get it right and feel that I have a good handle on it now. I didn't add flour the first time around and it kind of crumbled on me. I thought of adding egg, but wanted to keep it vegetarian.

Then I added quinoa and some chickpea flour and it works great. You can also add some all-purpose flour if you have it handy. Some rice flour will also give it a good crunch.

1 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups cauliflower florets
1/2 cup shredded cheese - I used gouda and cheddar mix
2 tbspoon chickpea flour
1/2 cup parseley and cilantro chopped
1/2 onion chopped thinly
1 green chilli - deseeded and chopped thinly
1/2 tspoon cumin powder
1/2 tspoon coriander powder
1/4 tspoon turmeric powder
1/4 tspoon fresh black pepper
salt to taste
1/2 cup oil to cook the patties

Cook the quinoa with 2 cups water in a medium pot. I didn't have any quinoa the second time, so I used Trader Joe's Quinoa and forbidden rice mix. Add some salt and let it cook on low, covered till it absorbs all the water. Set it aside.

Quinoa Cauliflower patties
Take the cauliflower, chop it and put it in a food processor. Shred till it looks like cous-cous texture.

Quinoa Cauliflower patties
Now add the spices and the herbs to the cauliflower along with the chickpea flour. Mix it well. Saute the onions and the chopped garlic and chilli for a couple of minutes to avoid the raw smell. Let it cool and add it to the cauliflower mix. Add the quinoa little at a time and mix it to avoid any lumps.

Set it aside for 30 minutes. Then take the mixture and make a round ball in your hand. Then flatten it to make a patty.

Quinoa Cauliflower patties
Quinoa Cauliflower patties
Heat a flat pan and cook the patties 3-4 minutes on each side till they are browned.

 Serve it with chutney or even a salad. Enjoy.

1 comment:

  1. Looks yummy and tasty. I would surely try it someday.


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