Who doesn’t love fast food? Once in awhile we get a bad craving for it right ?. Guess what! you don’t have to deprive yourself of these tasty meals. I found a way to make it taste the exact same way as you get it from a fast food chain, without any compromise in taste. I assure you, These Indian style- vegetarian burgers will keep you happy and satisfied.
The best part is, you don’t have to dress up or take your car to the drive through window, it is 100% homemade and you can enjoy it in your pjs at the comfort of your home.sounds amazing, right?
Chickpeas/Garbanzo beans aka Chana is a pantry staple in our Indian kitchens. I call them vegetarian’s meat. Whatever you make with eggs, chicken and meat can be substituted with these tasty beans. Since High protein diet is becoming very popular nowadays this recipe fits the plan. It tastes so divine and satisfying , You never know you are eating something healthy.
Let me take you to the recipe ….
Ingredients for the patty
- Chickpeas/Chana – 1 can or 1 cup (cooked)
- Green and red bell peppers – 1 of each (diced)
- Onion – 1 (diced)
- Tomato – 1 (diced)
- Garlic cloves – 2 (finely minced)
- Cilantro/ coriander leaves – (finely chopped)
- Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
- Chili powder – 1 teaspoon
- Paprika / Kashmiri chili powder – 1 teaspoon (optional)
- Salt – 2 teaspoons
- Oil + butter for sautéing – 4 teaspoons
I make these burgers 2 ways to please my family
Toppings for Burger # 1
- Buns – mini slider buns or pav bajji buns.
- Red onion – thinly sliced
- Tomato – thinly sliced
- Chaat masala – 1 teaspoon
- Coriander chutney – 2 teaspoons
- Chili garlic chutney – 2 teaspoons
- Lime – 1/2
- Cilantro sprig for garnish
Toppings for burger # 2
- Red and green bell pepper – (thinly sliced)
- Red onion – thinly sliced into rings
- Cucumber (Dill) pickle – few slices
- Mint chutney – 2 teaspoons
- Ketchup – 2 teaspoons
- Finely dice all the veggies and keep it aside
- Heat oil and butter in a broad skillet.
- Add the diced onions and peppers and sauté them for a minute (do not let it soften)
- Now add the chopped tomatoes, chili powder and paprika and sauté it until the tomatoes are soft.
- Paprika gives a beautiful color but it’s optional
- Add the minced garlic and cilantro and mix it nicely.
- Put the cooked chickpeas into a food processor and grind it into a paste.
- If you are using canned chickpeas make sure you drain the liquid and rinse them well.
- Now add it to the pepper mix, add salt and combine it well.
- Since the chickpeas are already cooked it just needs to warm up.
- Be cautious when you add salt, some canned chickpeas already have salt in them. Adjust salt accordingly.
- Let it sit in a low flame until the flavors meld.
- Make sure it has some moisture otherwise it becomes dry and powdery.
- While it is slightly warm make the patties, refrigerate it for sometime so that it gets firm and makes it easy to grill.
- You can also freeze these patties for later use.
- These patties become soft when you grill them but they hold their shape very well.
- If you want hard patties then coat them with a mix of bread crumbs and all purpose flour and shallow fry them.
- Since I’m making this a healthy version, I prefer to grill them instead of frying them.
Let’s make these burgers …..
- Heat up the griddle or your grill, coat it with some butter
- Put the buns and the patties and let it toast on both sides
- Meanwhile place the sliced tomatoes and red onions on the cutting board
- sprinkle some chaat masala and squeeze little bit of lime juice and let it sit for sometime.
- The black salt in the masala and the lime cooks it and yet it retains the crunch, it’s like pickling.
I believe good things come in small packages so I prefer these mini buns they look so cute when are lined up in a tray and it is much easier to eat.
Let’s assemble the burgers…
- Put the toasted buns on a tray.
- Toasting the bun is a must, do not skip this step, it forms a barrier which prevents the chutneys form seeping in and making the burger soggy.
- Spread the chili garlic chutney and the coriander chutney on the buns.
- Put the chickpea patty, place a slice of tomato and an onion.
- Put a tiny sprig of cilantro for the finishing touch. Put the top back, It’s ready to eat.
Make sure you make at least a dozen, these bite size burgers are hard to resist.
Look at it .. It just makes my mouth water!
Heat the griddle coat it with some butter, put the patty, buns and slices of bell peppers and the onion rings.
Let it toast nicely on both sides.
Stack the grilled veggies and top it with the dill pickle.
My kids can’t eat a burger without ketchup so put a tiny squeeze and put the top bun.
Now it’s ready to eat. But wait ….
- Dice the potatoes, add oil and butter in a skillet, once hot add the potatoes and sauté them until it gets a golden color.
- Now keep it in a low flame, close it with a lid and let it cook through completely. Takes only couple of minutes
- Take the lid out and prick it with a fork to see if it’s cooked.
- Let it be in the pan for sometime in a low flame which helps crisp up the potatoes
- While it’s hot, season it with salt and a generous amount of freshly ground pepper.
How easy is that? You can also roast these in the oven.
Let’s plate these up….
Of course you need a cool drink to go with this meal, so I swapped the soda for a glass of homemade lemonade…
Oh my! What can I say … The hearty chickpea patty, the crunchy veggies and the tangy chutneys.This is one Juicy burger you can chow down without any guilt. These crunchy potatoes are to die for, the freshly ground pepper makes it so yummy. Mmm.. the lemonade is so refreshing, it goes so well with the spicy burger.
Eating healthy is not that tough if you have the time and the right ingredients. Always stock up your pantry with healthy stuff. It saves you so much money and You can whip up a healthy and a tasty meal within a matter of minutes, It definitely keeps you away from fast food. Enjoy !!