Tuesday, May 12, 2009

East meets West - Veggie Burger

I always wanted to create a burger of my choice and ended up making one yesterday. I named it east meets west burger as it has both Indian taste as well as american stuffs. Hope you all enjoy making them at home as I did :)

Ingredients for Tamarind chutney:
200 gms tamarind (remove seeds)

100 gms dates (pitted)

150 gms jaggery

2 cups water

1 tsp fennel

1 tsp cumin seeds (roast and grind coarsely)

1 tsp salt

Red chilli powder as per taste

Method (Tamarind chutney):
Put the tamarind, dates, jaggery and water in a saucepan and cook on a medium flame till the dates and tamarind are soft.

Turn off flame and allow the mixture to cool.

Use a food processor or hand blender to blend mixture together into a smooth sauce.

Put sauce back into the saucepan and onto a medium flame and add remaining spice ingredients.

Bring the sauce to a boil and turn off.

Allow to cool, then chill and serve.

Ingredients for Burger: (serves 2)
4 Burger Buns

2 big potatoes

1/2 cup cut beans and carrots

4-5 mushrooms

1 red onion

1 tomato (sliced)

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon red chilly powder

1/4 teaspoon chat masala

1/4 teaspoon kicthen king masala

salt acc to taste

Method (Burger):

Boil the potatoes along with the chopped beans and carrots. Mash them together and add salt, red chilly powder, and the masalas. Make them into tikkies and dip in bread crumbs and fry or saute them to prepare the veggie cutlets. In a pan, heat little oil and saute the mushrooms by adding very little red chilly powder and salt. keep them aside. In a pan heat oil, put sugar and once the sugar turns brown in colour add the cut onions (cut them into rings). Usually caramalising of onions is a whole different process. I prefer to do it this way as it is less time consuming and gives the best taste to the onions.


Plating the Burger:
Apply butter if desired on both halves of the Buger bun. Place the mushrooms on the base and place the veggie cutlet on top. Spread the tamarind chutney on the cutlet and over that place the sliced tomato. Caramelised onions go next. If you want it
to be little spicy you can spread some spicy green chutney also. Cover the burger and serve with potato chips or fries.

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