Curried Quinoa and Aduki Bean Patties

by Gena on August 18, 2012

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Remember how, ages ago, I asked you all for tips on prepping food at my Mom’s place, sans food processor? A few of you said I might consider simply getting a refurbished or used processor, and keeping it here as an investment for when I’m home. I won’t be in NYC much this fall, but I did finally decide to invest in a food processor for my Mom’s place. I got it refurbished on eBay, and the price was right. I know that most raw foodies extoll the virtues of the Vitamix, but I personally am every so slightly more dependent on my food processor, since I prefer the way that hummus, nut pates, and dips turn out when I use it. I love green smoothies, but if I had to choose between them and a plethora of dips, spreads, and hummus recipes—not to mention veggie burgers and patties, like the one you’re about to see in this post—I’d say that the later are more of a necessity, the former more of a pleasure. It’s just a personal thing.

Anyway, I ramble (what else is new?). The point is, my Mom now owns a Kitchen Aid food processor, and I have access to more kinds of vegan recipes when I’m staying with her. This is a rushed trip to NYC, compared to my standard school breaks here, but even so, I have gotten a bit of cooking in, and these cute, easy-to-make bean patties were a recent highlight:

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Since I’ve been writing all about veggie burgers lately, why did I decide to label these as “patties,” rather than “burgers”? No logical reason. I just did. I think it’s because I shaped them on the small side. You could think of these as burgers, and make four of them, rather than six small ones. I ended up eating more than one as a serving, anyway, but I did think they were cute in the mini-size, and would be good for appetizers or bean balls.

The toughest part of this recipe is cooking the quinoa and beans. Everything else is a snap. Go ahead and use canned aduki beans if you want to; I did! The Eden brand makes canned beans that are BPA free, and it is my brand of choice.

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Curried Quinoa and Aduki Bean Patties (vegan, gluten free, soy free)

Makes 6 Patties

1/2 cup quinoa, dry
1 3/4 cup cooked aduki beans
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chickpea flour
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp cumin
3/4 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
Black pepper to taste
Coconut oil spray (I use the spectrum brand) or a scant amount of coconut oil for sauteeing and grilling.

1. Bring 1 cup water to boil and add the quinoa. Lower heat to a simmer and cook, lid ajar, till quinoa is fluffy and the "rib" of the grain is coming loose.

2. Sautee the onion in the coconut oil till golden and tender.

3. When quinoa is done, add quinoa, onion, chickpea flour, and aduki beans to a food processor. Pulse quickly until the mixture is forming a dough that is uniform and sticks together, but still has some texture. Add spices and pulse a few more times to incorporate. If at any point you feel as though you’re overprocessing, you can transfer the bean and quinoa mixture to a bowl and mix with your hands!

4. Shape mixture into six patties and spray a skillet or pan with coconut oil. Cook for five minutes over medium heat, flip, and continue to cook for another five minutes or so. Serve over salad, as an appetizer, or shape into larger patties and enjoy on burger buns!

These can be prepared in 30 minutes or less if you use canned beans. And if you’re truly in a hurry, simply omit the onion. The burgers will still be satisfying and tasty!

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As you can see, they make great salad toppers for lunchtime!

I love when recipes come together quickly, the way this one did. I hope you get a chance to try it, and keep in mind that you can modify the spices as need be!

I’ve spent the last few days close to the nest, helping my Mom with various things before taking off to Portland (Oregon) early next week and then New Orleans at the end of next week. NYC to PDX to NOLA: I’m all over the country this August! It’ll be tough to return to DC on the eve of the first day of class of my fall semester, but well worth it to have seen friends and stretched my legs a bit.

xo

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Lauren @ The Homeostatic Mindset August 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Oooh! I want to try these out! I’m assuming they would work with other bean varieties as well? Hope you have fun visiting friends and prepping for your next (hell-ish) semester of pre-med courses! <3

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Lisa @ The Raw Serenity August 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm

These look amazing!
I will be making them for sure.
Have you tried baking them? If so did they turn out okay, or crumble apart?
xx

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Rachel @ Almonds and Avocados August 18, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I saved up forever to purchase my Vitamix (my husband still thinks I’m crazy for spending so much on a blender), and as much as I truly LOVE my Vitamix and green smoothies, I completely agree–I use my food processor much more often and I couldn’t do without all those yummy dips! I’m really looking forward to making these patties–they look delicious! Xoxo

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Nikki August 18, 2012 at 7:22 pm

These look great and gave me a really good idea. I have a long flight tomorrow and couldn’t think of anything savory, dense and portable to take along besides hummus & nut butter packets. I think these will do the trick and I have everything in my pantry to whip them up tonight. Thanks :)

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Averie @ Averie Cooks August 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Glad you were able to score a nice food proc for your mom’s place – gotta love ebay! And great looking bean burgers!

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sarah August 18, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I need more aduki bean recipes, so thank you! I always buy them and then can’t really figure out what to do with them. I used to make Isa’s acorn squash, pear, and aduki bean soup, which is delicious, but many other recipes involving aduki beans are sweet. They tend to work great for patties though…something about the texture that really binds them.

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Ali August 18, 2012 at 8:46 pm

I’m with you on the food processor/vitamix thing. I love having both, but if forced to choose would definitely have to go with the food processor.
Welcome (soon) to Portland, Gena! We have some nice mid 70s weather coming up for you!

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Kari @ bite-sized thoughts August 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Burgers or patties, these look fantastic – I don’t think I’ve ever used aduki beans but now I’m very keen to try.

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Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy August 18, 2012 at 10:38 pm

oh that looks incredible! i could go for one right now! :)

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Kristen Kapur August 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I am in need of a new and bigger food processor- any recommendations?? Preferably one that is BPA free of course

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Lolita @ Peace, Love and Greens August 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm

These look delicious and such a simple recipe – thanks for sharing! I love quinoa and patties, but have never merged the two.. Must try this.

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Ksenija August 20, 2012 at 2:29 am

Mmmm, I do love aduki beans – they were my absolute favorite legume last year (this year due to being in a hurry all the time, I prefer the faster cooking lentils). This patty sounds so amazing. Guess I just have to prepare some and store them in my freezer, to enjoy over the next two weeks. They should be freezable, right?

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Tanya @ Playful and Hungry August 20, 2012 at 4:33 am

Wow, those patties look really good! And I have all the ingredients here!

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Skye August 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm

These look delicious, as do all of your veggie burger/patty recipes. I still don’t own a food processor, but I just found your recommendations on your FAQ page and added one to my Amazon wish list. Hopefully I’ll buy it soon, and then I’ll be able to make lots more of your recipes! :)

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Serena August 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Great article! I need to try this recipe tonight for meatless monday! You might find my video on cooking quinoa helpful.

Ciao

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Kristy August 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Thanks for the heads up on getting a refurbished FP on ebay! Mine just died over the weekend and even though I love my vitamix and as much as I think it was a great investment, I miss my FP. The ebay idea is perfect!

These patties look great too. I always wonder what to do with aduki beans, and now I have a plan! :-)

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