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Friday 2 January 2009

Mixed Beans and Aubergine (Eggplant) Patties plus a Green Bean Salad


Yesterday was a chilled day at home, we brunched on the leftover pizza and then I decided to make some bean patties for dinner. I also wanted a fresh but filling salad to go with the patties and green beans stroke my fancy!

Ingredients (12 patties)

3 cups mixed boiled beans (I used chickpeas, red beans and mung beans)
1 aubergine (or eggplant if you are more familiar with the term)
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Handful shredded and chopped cabbage
Dried thyme
1 teaspoon potato starch
A few mint leaves, finely chopped (optional)
Salt to taste

Oil for shallow frying and coating

  • Slice the aubergine into thick circles (or whatever is easiest for you to fry). Wash them in some salt and water. Rinse off.
  • Heat 4 – 5 tablespoons of oil in a fry pan.
  • Add in aubergines. Fry, turning occasionally, until well cooked.
  • Remove from oil and drain on absorbent paper.
  • Then mash or chop them.
  • Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Lightly mash the beans in a large bowl.
  • Add aubergine and all remaining ingredients (except oil).
  • Mix well. Taste for salt.
  • Take some of the mixture (about the size of a ping pong ball), and shape to a ball.
  • Then flatten while shaping the edge so it does not form cracks.
  • Lay on a greased baking sheet or tray.
  • Brush / Spray with oil.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, turning them over at 20 minutes.
  • Remove and allow to cool slightly. Serve warm or cold.

Green beans and couscous salad

I blogged about my bean slicer before. I took some photos this time so you can see it in action if you’ve never used one. You can buy it from here (in the US) or here (in the UK) if you fancy or check your local store (although they might not be easily available everywhere).

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For this salad, I used

10 – 12 green beans
½ courgette (or zucchini), sliced thinly
½ avocado, sliced
½ cup couscous, soaked in ½ cup water (or according to packet directions) – allow to cool completely before adding in the salad
½ the juice of a lime
1 teaspoon soft brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

  • After slicing and chopping to about 2.5 cm or 1 inch in length, leave the green beans to soak in a mixture of lemon juice, sugar and salt for about 30 minutes.
  • Then mix all ingredients together. Use the lemon juice from the green beans as seasoning.
  • Add pepper.
  • Add more salt if required.

That’s it for the salad, nice, quick, easy and all raw!



  1. Wow, those sound fabulous! I'm kind of ashamed to admit this though...but what is an aubergine? I've never heard of one before haha

  2. Oh, I should have mentioned it in the post i think, I'll do it afterward, aubergine is eggplant. I think you'd be more familiar with this name. In the UK it's called aubergine and although I used to call it eggplant before (when I was in Australia), for some reason I got used to calling it aubergine now!

  3. Mm! These look fabulous! I must try! And that salad! So different! :) YUMMY!

  4. I adore the aubergine patty concept - never thought about it before! Will give it a try this week for sure.
    Happy New Year!

  5. Oooh, that looks delicious - so healthy and fresh! Just what you need after the excesses of Christmas!
    Happy New Year!

  6. Gina: Thanks, they were indeed very good!

    Lauren: I had myself never made salad with raw green beans before and I liked it. I will make it again! It's great for some leftover beans!

    Vegancowgirl: The aubergine in it gave it a quite different taste and kept it somewhat moist. Sometimes the oven patties can be dry but I liked these ones.

    DJ: Yes, I need to get those Christmas cakes and cookies out of my system. But just eating something raw is so energising too!

  7. Yum, those patties look great! And I love raw green beans

  8. sounds delicious, i will try them. thank you for the recipe. Happy New Year!

  9. Theresa, it's the first time I'm eating raw green beans and will sure have it again!

    Elizabeth, I'm glad you'll try it. :)

  10. What a nifty gadget! I don't believe I've ever seen one, or maybe I did and didn't realize what it was.

    I love the chunky style patties.

  11. Oh those bean patties look and sound incredible!

  12. These have got to be the most delicious looking bean patties I've ever seen! Thank you for the awesome recipes!

  13. your bean & eggplant patties look & sound sooooooo wonderful, Lovlie! we're gonna have to give them a try! thanks so much for the recipe! mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

    i'm gonna have to look into getting a bean slicer - that looks too cool!

  14. This salad definitely jumps off the screen…colourful & flavourful. Patties look great! And I love raw green beans. I love ouscous especially toasted. It’s like the grown-up, savory version of tapioca. That salad looks nice and tasty and healthy! Your picture med me hungry.
    I can't wait to try it.


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