This is a really tasty recipe for this time of year, utilizing root vegetables. It’s quite comforting with middle-eastern spices and works with your healthy diet plans. Feel free to use what root veggies you have on hand – just be careful of your heat when cooking – the natural sugars can burn – so medium to medium-low heat and a sharp eye and nose is needed.
Root Vegetable & Quinoa Rosti
adapted from I Quit Sugar
1 small onion, chopped finely
1 large clove of garlic, minced
2 medium carrots, peeled and grated
1 small sweet potato (or 1/2 large), peeled and grated
1 medium parsnip, peeled and grated
1/2 cup ground almonds or almond meal (sub in 1/2 cup more cooked quinoa if you don’t have any)
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour (I’m using PC)
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp curry paste (I used Patak’s mild yellow curry paste)
cooking oil of our choice (I use ghee)
In a small frying pan, with a bit of cooking oil or ghee, saute onion on medium heat until somewhat browned, about 5-7 mins. Add garlic and stir around for one minute. Remove from heat.
Combine all the ingredients, including the onion/garlic mixture, and mix well, until all the flavours are well incorporated.
You can make them into large burger shapes, or like a rosti, as I’ve done here.
In a 10 inch cast iron or non-stick skillet, melt one tablespoon of ghee or cooking oil of your choice over medium heat. Tip mixture into pan and using a spatula, press down and go around edge and tuck it in and press it down and make it tidy.
Cook slowly – being careful of your heat, remember not to let it get too hot – these veggies have lots of natural sugars and will burn. After about 10 minutes, place a plate over the rosti. Flip the pan over, and the rosti should now be on the plate. Place pan back on heat and put another tablespoon of cooking oil or ghee in your pan. Once melted, slide the rosti back into the pan so the other side can cook. Cook for an additional 6-8 mins, being careful of your heat. Slide out onto plate.
Cut into wedges and serve with a chunky raita. Here’s how I make mine:
1 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup diced cucumber, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro.