With all the celebrations done, it is time to give a break to all the sweets that has been hanging around in my kitchen and switch to something really healthy and tasty. As usual, this was something that I created to get my kids have vegetables. They were so fond of Soya chunks, but lately they just started to get away from it. So again, I had the task of cracking my head to find innovative ways to get them have this.their veggie intake.
Methi leaves or Fenugreek is very healthy. They have lots of medicinal values that are good for health.They could be used both in the fresh form or in the dried form. On my last grocery purchase, I happened to come across some fresh Methi leaves which I could not resist and I instantly thought this is the best time to get hold of them.
Back home, I was thinking on how to get my kids have this. I usually mix it with the normal Chapati ( flat Indian bread). But this time, I thought would do something different. That is when this idea suddenly struck me. Had some soya chunks in my pantry and I went for the combination of both.
In order not get the slightest hint as to what this is, I shaped them as mini thick patties and convinced them that these are great burgers !!!! ( LOL….mothers na.. need to be innovative for kids…). Poor kids, they believed me and was very happy on this yummy snack that they had. Seeing them having these patties, I was also happy, afterall I got them have something really good …lol
Servings – 12-15 Nos
1 1/2 cup Soya chunks
3/4 cup Methi or Fenugreek leaves finely chopped
3/4 cup boiled potatoes
1 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
2 green chilies finely chopped
1 tsp finely chopped ginger
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
1 tsp finely chopped curry leaves ( Optional)
1 -2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
2 tsp Meat Masala powder ( Optional)
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
1-2 egg beaten
Salt as per taste
Bread crumbs for frying
Oil for frying.
2 cups water
. Boil the water with about 1 tsp salt and soak the soya chunks for about 10-20 minutes.
. After 20 minutes and cool enough,squeeze the water completely off the soya chunks with your hands and finely chop them using your food processor. Keep this aside.
. Process the onions, green chilies, ginger and garlic together so they are finely chopped.
. In a pan, heat some oil and crack the mustard seeds. To this add the onion, ginger, garlic and chilly and mix and saute well.
. When the onions start to get translucent, add the potatoes and mix well and then add the meat masala, and some salt and mix well.
. When the the raw smell is left, take off from flame and leave it to cool.
. Once cooled, add in the processed soya chunks, finely chopped methi(fenugreek leaves), curry leaves and coriander leaves and mix with your fingers till they are like a soft dough.
. Roll out small balls and them pat them to your desired size and shape.
. Dip them in the beaten egg one by one and then roll them in bread crumbs.
. Heat oil for frying and when hot, deep fry them.
. Serve hot along with rice, with sandwiches, rotis or with just sauce.
This is a great make ahead snack and could be stored in freezer for upto 2-3 weeks. You can complete the entire process and just thaw before frying when ever you want to use them.
. You can either mix the egg and bread crumb along with the entire mix for making the process easier.
. To make it even more healthier, you can use powdered oats instead of bread crumbs.
. The meat masala powder was added so that the soya and methi taste does bot get easily identified.