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Lentil & Almond Burgers (Toor Dal-Badam Cutlets)

These easy to prepare no-meat burgers are great on their own or on buns. The recipe is from Eating Well magazine. I tried it today and they turned out good.


1 cup toordal or (recipe called for French green lentils, but I used toordal)
½ cup sliced almonds (badam)
1 tsp of salt
½ cup carrots
1 onion
5 green chillies
cilantro (whatever herb you prefer, celery, thyme) finely chopped.
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
Magazine recipe also used eggs as binding agent, but I skipped the eggs.

Ingredients for lentil-almond burgers Sauteed ingredients


Pressure cook lentils with little water or cook lentils in water until tender, drain the water, keep aside. Meanwhile, heat 1 tsp of oil in a skillet; add carrot, onions, chillies, cilantro and almonds. Sauté them until the almonds are lightly browned. Let them cool down a little bit. Then transfer the mixture to a food processor, add the cooked lentils and salt. Pulse several times, scraping the sides, until the mixture is coarsely ground. Take this mixture into a bowl, add lemon juice, and mix it well.

patties Browning the other side

Form the lentil mixture into round patties. Heat 1 tsp of oil or ghee in a cast iron skillet. Add the patties, cook for 3 to 4 minutes on medium low, each side, until lightly browned. They are delicate; use a big spatula to turn them.

Serve them hot with ketchup.

Toordal-Almond burgers with ketchup on top
Toor dal – Almond Burger with ketchup ~ our lunch today

Recipe source:Eating Well magazine

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Almonds,Toor Dal (Tuesday May 17, 2005 at 5:22 pm- permalink)
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  1. My husband has been checking your blog daily…and as a result, I know we’ll be eating a lot more Indian food over the next few weeks!

    Comment by Stephanie — May 18, 2005 @ 1:02 am

  2. Hang on; that might be misleading. What I should have said was: He’s loving all your recipes, and has not-so subtly hinted he’d like me to make many/all of them for him!

    Hey, as long as he does the dishes, I’m happy to oblige.

    Comment by Stephanie — May 18, 2005 @ 1:04 am

  3. Wow, My first fan, I am flattered. Just kidding. Please try the recipes, let me know how they came out. Happy cooking and eating to you guys.

    Comment by Indira — May 18, 2005 @ 8:15 am

  4. Yumm… Nice foodie blog! I saw your comment on Eschaton and clicked on the homepage link that brought me here. I loved the recipes and the great pics that go along with them. I hope to try some of these out. I also hold you responsible for having my tummy rumbling with hunger while at work in cubicle city.. Naaah just kidding 😉 .

    Comment by karmic_jay — May 18, 2005 @ 9:30 am

  5. Karmic Jay, thanks for stopping by.

    Comment by Indira — May 18, 2005 @ 10:27 am

  6. It’s really rather funny, actually. We’d been talking about looking for Indian-specific food blogs, and bam! There was your comment on my blog…talk about fate.

    Comment by Stephanie — May 18, 2005 @ 11:34 am

  7. I love Indian food and am excited to finally find an Indian-food blog!! Those lentil burgers look delicious. 🙂

    Comment by Sweetnicks — May 25, 2005 @ 10:18 am

  8. i made this last evening for tea. But i felt with the toor dal it was little dry. It dint look anywhere near ur almond burger. The taste was good . I like it . Thanx for sharing the recipe.

    Indira says…
    Cold weather dries the ingredients more fast, may be that would be the reason for dry burgers?. In original recipe(eating well magazine), they added eggs to the toordal-almond mix. Try it like that next time, Priya.

    Comment by priya,ar — December 14, 2005 @ 12:16 pm

  9. Indira, I am going to blame you from now on for my weight problem! My husband feels the same way! If everything I make using your recipes are these good, I am never going to loose those pregnancy pounds!! These are awsome! Reminds me of a snack we used to have in Bangladesh called “Piazu” with masoor daal. Great recipe!

    Indira replies…
    I’m glad they turned out good, Zeenat and thanks for the feedback.
    My recipes – weight gain, no way. 🙂 They are good and healthy but portion control is the key to not gain weight.

    Comment by Zeenat — February 2, 2006 @ 3:38 pm

  10. P.S. I didn’t have toor daal, so I used Chana… Had to add egg. Couldn’t get the pattie to stick without it.

    Comment by Zeenat — February 2, 2006 @ 3:39 pm

  11. hi,
    Love your blog and love your recipes. You inspired me to start blogging after a 1 year hiatus!
    I had wanted to start making somesort of burger patties for breakfast since my son is on a bread breakfast only diet these days; I trie dmaking some with mashed sweet potatoes, black urad and a lil bit of amaranth, hubby thought it was a lil dry and my son ate 1/2 out of respect for my “if you dont like eat 3 bites, if you do like eat as much as u want” rule.
    Since you are so focussed on cooking healthy, I wanted to make a couple of suggestions:
    1. All lentils are equal but some are more equal 😉 Chana daal has more iron and a lot lower glycemic index. Since we southies cannot bear to mess with our saaru/sambhar recipes, non-traditional recipes like these are a good way to incorporate more chana daal in our diet.
    2. substituting flaxseeds for egg, does good binding and gives you omega 3 fatty
    acids in the bargain! See
    or just boil 1/3 a cup of water with a tablespoon of flaxseed until it becomes a gel.
    Happy mother’s day!

    Indira replies…
    Thanks for your comments Kpks and Happy Mother’s Day to you too.
    and thanks for the tips, I’ll definitely remember/incorporate them in my cooking. I’ve just started using flaxseed in my bread baking etc., but I was adding them directly to the flour. I’ll remember your tip. Thanks for sharing them with me.

    Comment by kpks — March 8, 2006 @ 12:17 pm

  12. oops! I meant to say happy women’s day!!!!
    What can I say? Gau is always on my brain!

    Comment by kpks — March 8, 2006 @ 12:23 pm

  13. I just stumbled upon this website as I was researching on the benefits of flaxseed.

    Does anyone have any simple recipes for snacks with low carbohydrate content. I am diabetic and my dietician has put me on a low carbohyddrate diet which allows only 10-15 gms of carbohydrates for snacks and 30gm carbohydrates for meals. By the time I have one chapati or half a cup rice and half a cup sambar or any lentil for that matter, I have reached my 30gm carbohydrate goal. Anything beyond that has to be free foods like like no carbohydrate vegetables.

    The other day I made celery soup which came out delicious.

    Here is the recipe:

    Half a cup chopped celery
    Few baby carrots
    chopped onions (less than half a cup)
    1 green chilly optional
    1tbsp mashed potato flakes
    2 tsps of ragi
    1 Avocado


    1. Saute onions and celery and carrots in some oil with jeera or cumin seeds.

    2. And put 3 cups of water to boil the vegetables. After about 15 minutes and remove the vegetables from the water by straining but leave the water in the pan.

    3. Pulse grind the vegetables in grinder along with one small peeled avocado and then put it back in the water it was strained from and continue to simmer.

    4. Add 2 tsp of ragi in a cup and mix with water to make a smooth paste so it will not form lumps in the soup and then pour it into the soup mixture. It will form a consistency that is not too thick nor too thin.

    5.Add salt and pepper to taste.

    I chose celery for its low calorie or carbohydrate content and its benefits for blood pressure. I guess any carbohydrate in this recipe would come from the potatoes and ragi. But when one is following portion control as well, a cup of this soup should not contain too much carbohydrate!

    Usha prabhakar

    Comment by Usha Prabhakar — July 20, 2006 @ 12:55 pm

  14. The burger was wonderful indira, I added some small mashed potatoes and cooked chana,grated ginger,garlic to it.Thanks much. Usha’s soup was yummy as well. Thanks Usha.

    Comment by anitha — June 3, 2008 @ 2:42 pm

  15. I made these cutlets for Zlamushka’s T&T.
    I did make a couple of very minor changes and these were very good.

    You may like to check out my cutlet post at

    Comment by Aparna — November 20, 2008 @ 12:17 pm

  16. I would be making this for two vegetarians in the house who don’t like their food to hot but like lots of flavour. With 5 chillies in the recipe did you find the patties to be really spicy?

    Comment by Veronica — August 17, 2010 @ 10:41 am

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