Meal Makeover: Using Up Leftovers. (& £1 a day update)

If you know me well, you will know that I hate waste. Especially food waste, because… FOOD! I’m a pretty thrifty gal and I will usually use up all of my leftovers, freeze things and reinvent them. Last week, I made a giant pot of moong bean daal. It was tasty but the freezer was full and there was just so much daal. There is only so much daal a person can eat on any given week. Here is the daal in all of its glory.

WP_20150105_18_47_02_ProI had a dilemma on my hands. I thought there was no way I would be able to eat the remaining pot full of daal before it went bad or before I turned into a moong bean, whichever would inevitably happen first. I was thinking about this at work and I came up with a genius solution.

I reincarnated the daal into BURGERS! What?! Woah. How do you do that? There must be witchcraft involved?!!

Nope, no witchcraft here folks, just some darn tasty burgers, mmmm.

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So how did I do that?

To make daal burgers you will need;

  • Leftover daal
  • Potato
  • Stale Bread grated or blended into breadcrumbs
  • Coriander chopped up
  • Flour
  • Oil (for frying)

Here’s what I did;

  1. Drain excess liquid from daal
  2. Make the potato into mash potato
  3. Take the potato masher and mash together the daal, breadcrumbs, potato and coriander. Add as much breadcrumbs as you need until you get a dough consistency. It doesn’t need to be too dry, just dry enough to transform into burger patties.
  4. Using floured hands make into burger patties.
  5. Shallow fry in oil then bake in the oven for 15 mins.
  6. Voila! You just made some goddamn delicious burgers. Enjoy!

Are you as excited by my creation as I was!? I went all out and made chips and some salad to go with this. This was one of the best things I’ve put in my mouth in a while.

How’s my £1 a day challenge going?


Here’s what I’ve bought this week;

  • 55p Coriander
  • 64p bread
  • 85p cinnamon
  • 95p soy milk
  • £1.16 rice
  • 80p passata

I have £18.25 left in my kitty. Doing good so far! I have big plans for some exciting posts over the next couple of days. Here’s some clues; booze and pancakes… Get excited!

I must now go and buy ingredients for something that I am very excited to make!


Olivia ♥


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