Tempeh is possibly one of the best things on the face of this earth. It is so damn tasty and so damn good for you (except for maybe when you fry it up all crispy in oil….)
The flavour of tempeh on it’s own is delicious already, but, teamed with a few spices and some sweet and salty sauces, it is next level. All shoved in a dripping burger full of fresh salad, spicy beetroot relish and nutty tahini sauce, you definitely won’t be missing meat after this meal.
I love how readily available and cheap the tempeh is here in Bali. I’ll definitely be missing that back in Aus. I need to get into making myself. We bought the beautiful pumpkin bread and fresh produce from the organic markets here in Canggu on the weekend, always a treat!
4 pumpkin bread rolls (or whatever type you prefer)
1/4 cup coconut oil (or other cooking oil)
4 pieces tempeh, halved horizontally
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tsp ground turmeric
Red onion, thinly siced
Toasted sunflower seeds
Chilli Beetroot Relish
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp crushed black pepper
1 tsp dried chilli flakes
1 tbs olive oil
1 red onion, finely diced
6 cloves garlic, crushed
Thumb side piece of ginger, grated
5 birdseye chillies, finely chopped
3 fresh beetroot (small fist sized), peeled and grated
2 cups white vinegar
2 litres water
salt to taste
3 cloves garlic, crushed
4 tbs tahini
1 tbs coconut syrup (or maple syrup/golden syrup/honey)
3 tbs lemon juice
salt and pepper
To make the beetroot relish, first, toast the cumin, coriander, pepper and dried chilli in a dry frying pan for about 1min, stirring constantly, until fragrant. Remove from pan and set aside.
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion, stirring, for about 3mins, or until soft. Add the garlic, ginger and chillies, and cook, stirring, for a further 1min. Add the toasted spices, beetroot, vinegar, some salt and 2 cups of the water. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally and adding a cup of water at a time as it reduces. Continue this for about nd hour and a half until beetroot is very soft and liquid is mostly absorbed. Spoon hot relish into sterilised jars and seal. Keep in the fridge after opening. Makes about 3 cups.
Meanwhile, to marinate the tempeh, in a shallow dish sprinkle the tempeh with the soy sauce and turmeric. Rub to coat evenly and allow to marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
To make the tahini sauce, combine the tahini, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Add a tablespoon of water at a time until desired consistency is reached.
To make the burgers, heat the coconut oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over medium to high heat. Cook the tempeh, about 2 mins each side, until browned and crispy.
Toast the buns if you wish. Assemble the burgers with as little or as much ingredients as you want!
Enjoy with a side of potato wedges and cold beer!