Papaya Burger with Crispy Sesame Tofu and Herb Pesto
This papaya burger with crispy sesame tofu and herb pesto is a super refreshing, delicious lunch for sunny days.
Servings Prep Time
4servings 25minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15minutes 1hour
Servings Prep Time
4servings 25minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15minutes 1hour
Sesame Tofu
  • 1package natural tofu300 g
  • 1cup rice flouror spelt flour
  • 1tbsp corn starch
  • 2/3cup sesame seeds
  • 2tbsp black sesame seedsoptional
  • 5tbsp soy sauce
  • 2tbsp maple syrup
  • 1tsp garlic powder
  • 1tsp cayenne pepper
  • 6tbsp sesame oilor olive oil
  • 1/4cup water
Herb Pesto
  • 1/3cup olive oil
  • 2handfull parsil50 g
  • 1handfull cilantro30 g
  • 1glove of garlic
  • 1/4cup Cashews
  • 1/4ripe Avocado
  • 2tbsp lemon juice
  • 3tbsp water
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1ripe Papaya
  • 1ripe Avocado
  • 8tbsp plain yoghurt
  • fresh salad
  • sprouts or cress
  • tooth picks
  1. For the herb pesto, coarsely chop the parsley and cilantro and put into a blender with the remaining ingredients. Puree for a few seconds until a fine pesto is obtained. If it is too thick, add some water. Flavour with lemon juice and salt. Pour the pesto into a bowl and refrigerate.
  2. Cut the tofu into slices about 8 mm thick. Dab well with a kitchen roll. Mix soy sauce and maple syrup in a bowl. Marinate the tofu in it. Turn after 30 minutes. Allow to infuse for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  3. Peel the papaya, cut into slices about 1.5 cm thick and remove the seeds. Cut the avocado in half, peel, remove the stone and halve again lengthwise. Set aside.
  4. Prepare three bowls: Mix sesame, black sesame (optional), garlic powder and cayenne in a bowl. Put 2/3 cup flour in a bowl. In the third bowl mix the remaining flour with the water and the corn starch.
  5. Heat a pan with 2 tablespoons sesame oil. Fry the tofu on both sides for 1-2 minutes until it takes on some colour. Add the rest of the soy sauce marinade and grill for another minute. Put the pan aside.
  6. Turn the roasted tofu pieces first in the flour, then place all sides in the flour-water mixture and finally in the sesame seeds. Add the rest of the sesame oil to the pan and heat again. Fry the sesame tofu on both sides for about 5 minutes until it turns golden brown.
  7. Prepare four plates. Place one papaya slice on each plate. Top with fresh salad, herb pesto, 2 tbsp yoghurt each. Place a slice of warm sesame tofu on top and end with a slice of avocado and papaya. Fix with a skewer or toothpick if necessary. Close the gap with the sprouts and salad. Serve with more herb pesto. Enjoy right away.