TH: "I miss the Mc Aloo Tikki and Paneer Burgers in McDonalds back home. Here, there's no way for us to get vegetarian burgers unless we ask them to remove the patty and eat the burger bun with cheese and lettuce. Damn!"
Nags: "Ok don't fuss. I will make you a burger at home. Its not that hard."
TH: "Ah! Ok, tell me what all stuff we need for it"
Nags: Here's the list of things we need to serve 2 people.
Vegetarian Burgers4 burger bunsA box of baby greens4 cheese slices or shredded cheddar cheese2 tbsp mayo (any kind)Half an onion, cut into ringsOne tomato, sliced into circlesFor the patties:1 large potato1 onion1 carrot10 French beans1/4 cup green peas1/4 cup sweet corn2 green chillies or 1 tsp red chilli powderFresh coriander leaves1 tsp jeera1 tsp masala powder (any kind)6 tbsp oil to shallow frySaltFor the French fries:2 large potatoesSaltOil to deep fry
TH: "Err.. that's a lot of stuff just to make us two burger meals each".
Nags: "You want it or not?"
TH: "I do, I do! Ok, let's get started"
Nags: "As always, let's use a picture of the final dish to keep us motivated"
First, boil all the vegetables except onion until soft. Pressure cooking them for about 2 whistles should do the trick.
Mash up the potato real nice. Cut the other vegetables into tiny pieces. Mix in salt, jeera, green chillies/red chilli powder, chopped coriander leaves and the masala powder. Shape into big-ish patties.
Shallow fry the patties until golden brown on both sides. Set aside.
Now comes the bit where we assemble the vegetable burgers.
We start with a burger bun, of course.
Cut it into half. Hopefully you can do a better job of cutting it evenly than I did.
Grab the box of baby greens or any lettuce you have in the fridge.
Lay it out on the lower half of the burger bun.
Top it off with some shredded cheddar cheese or one cheese slice. This is beginning to get yummier, eh?
Take one vegetable patty and place it on the cheese and greens, pressing down gently without crumbling it.
Spread some mayo over this. Between you and me, I ran out of mayo so I used thousand island dressing here. Use whatever you fancy, its your burger.
Onion rings are next. Aren't they pretty?
Tomatoes. TH's burger has an extra slice and mine has just one because raw tomato really doesn't do it for me.
Now bring in the other half of the burger, place it on the pile and press down gently. You can use a toothpick inserted through the center to hold it all together. We didn't really do all that. Just bite, chomp, gulp and go for the next bite if you're anything like us.
If you feel there is no burger experience without French fries, quickly make some. All you need to do is peel and slice potatoes into long thin slices. Mix in some salt.
Deep fry in oil.
There you go, a homemade vegetarian burger meal.
TH: "I think we should make this a monthly regular like our Pizza Friday"
Nags: "Sure! Now that you know how its done, go ahead. The kitchen is all yours"
TH: "Errr.. gulp.. o..k"