Ayurvedic Walnut Veggie Burgers

According to Ayurveda, nuts of all kinds in moderation, nut milks and nut butters, and sunflower and pumpkin seeds are excellent for pacifying Vata. Blanched and peeled almonds in moderation, and coconuts, are good for Pitta, as are sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Nuts increase Kapha, but sunflower and pumpkin seeds in moderation are acceptable in a Kapha diet. One walnut a day is good for growing children, as it is considered to have medhya qualities — nourishing for the brain. Walnuts are considered natural stress-busters. Walnuts are astringent and are fine in moderation for people trying to balance Kapha.

Ingredients: (Use organic ingredients whenever possible.)

makes 6 large burgers

  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup organic rice
  • ½ cup organic quinoa
  • ¼ cup organic oats
  • ½ cup organic walnuts, hand crushed into small pieces
  • 1 large organic leek, chopped medium; or ½ large onion
  • 2 Tbsp. organic ghee or grape seed oil
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ bunch fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup organic soy sauce or tamari (organic)
  1. Sauté the leeks in ghee or organic oil until lightly browned. Use mild heat.
  2. Stir in walnuts and spices, sautéing for one minute.
  3. Add the rice, quinoa, water and soy sauce.
  4. Simmer all of this on low heat for about 10 minutes in a covered pan.
  5. Then turn off heat and let it sit for 10 more minutes. Leave the pan covered.
  6. Open after 10 minutes and stir in the organic oats and the parsley.
  7. Shape into burgers and bake 10-15 minutes at 375 °F.


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