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Vegan Hot Dog

Makes - 4 hot dogs

Ingredients
For the vegan sausage:
Kidney Beans – 1 cup (I put 4 palm-fuls)
Potato – 2 medium sized
Tofu – 50-80 grams (optional) [[Use cottage cheese as alternative]]
Paprika – 3 teaspoons
Pepper Powder – 1 teaspoon
Salt – as per taste – 1 teaspoon
Cilantro – chopped – 2 tablespoons (optional)

Others:
Hot Dog Buns
Tomato Ketchup
Mustard Sauce (optional)
Tomato Slices
Onion Slices
Cabbage / Lettuce leaves

Method
Making the vegan sausage
STEP 1: Soak the Kidney beans in water overnight. (For around 6 hours)
STEP 2: Boil the Kidney beans (with a little bit of salt) to make them soft & mashable! :-) (In a cooker, microwave etc.)
STEP 3: Completely filter the water from the kidney beans. Use a clean cloth or towel to remove some excess water from the kidney beans.
STEP 4: Boil, peel & mash the potatoes. (& also mash the tofu if you are using it)
STEP 5: In a large mixing bowl, mash the kidney beans with your hands. Don’t use a blender. We just need to mash the beans roughly.
STEP 6: Add the mashed potatoes & mashed tofu to it & mix well.
STEP 7: Add the chopped cilantro, green chilis, Salt, Paprika, Pepper powder & Bread Crumbs
STEP 8: Mix everything well. Taste and adjust the spices. If the mixture is sticky or doesn’t seem thick enough, add more bread crumbs.
STEP 9: Divide the mixture to large balls.
STEP 10: Take a part of the mixture on a flat surface.
STEP 11: Imagine how a sausage looks like. Slowly, start rolling the dough evenly as if it were a rolling pin. Form a thick sausage.
STEP 13: Again, coat them with very little bread crumbs.
STEP 14: You can DEEP FRY these sausages. But I didn’t. Heat the oil on a flat pan.
STEP 15: Very gently, place 1 or 2 sausages on the pan. Let it cook on one side on medium heat for about 3-4 minutes or until it is crisp.
STEP 16: Then gently, with the help of a spoon, turn the sausage so that the other side gets cooker. Again, on medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Repeat the same in all for sides. You have to be careful and give support to the sausages while the smaller side is cooking coz they easily disintegrate!
STEP 17: Remove them on a tissue paper. There you go! Your vegetarian sausages are ready! :-)

Making the hot dog
STEP 1: If the bun is not fresh, you may want to warm it a little bit to make it soft.
STEP 2: Cut the bun into 2 halves.
STEP 3: Apply butter (optional) and tomato sauce generously on the lower half.
STEP 4: Place the sausage we prepared above on the lower half.
STEP 5: If you want, add mustard sauce too. But we don’t like it so we skipped. Also, you could arrange slices of tomatoes, onions, lettuce leaves here.
STEP 6: I also added some more paprika on top of the sausage to give it some extra hotness! ;-)
STEP 7: Apply sauce on the other half of the bun.
STEP 8: Close the lower half with the other half of the bun.

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