“It requires a certain kind of mind to see beauty in a hamburger bun.”
There are few things that really do it for me like the good ol burger. Considering that it does involve a certain bit of work, I know that it does sound a bit strange. But once all the work is done and the burger assembled, enjoying in sitting in my terrace with a thick shake on the side is definitely the stuff dreams are made of. Sigh! The joy of a wholesome burger is just something else, delicious, all the way around. So here goes my Indian version ….makes 10-12.
First you need to prepare the potato filling or the ‘tikkis’.
Potatoes – 2 large, boiled & peeled
2 slices white bread
Dried Fenugreek Leaves – 1 Tbsp (Kasoori Methi)
Roasted Peanuts – 2 Tbsp, coarsely crushed
Onion – 1/4 medium, finely chopped
Green Chilies – to taste, finely chopped
Salt – to taste
Roasted Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
Chaat Masala – 1 tsp
Dried Mango Powder – 1/4 tsp
Bread Crumbs – as needed for coating tikkis
Oil – for pan frying
Boil, peel and mash the potatoes.
Chop bread slices finely in a food processor, to make crumbs. They should not be ground to a paste. Slightly ‘rough texture’ of ingredients adds to the taste.
Add the Bread, Onions, Peanuts, Green Chilies and Dried Fenugreek Leaves to the potatoes. Mix to blend.
Add the Salt, Chaat Masala, Roasted Cumin Powder and Dried Mango Powder. Mix once again.
Apply a little Oil to your hands and take a portion of the potato mixture into your hands. Roll it into a ball and flatten it out gently. Make it slightly bigger so that it will be only slightly smaller than the burger bun.
Pour out some bread crumbs on a flat plate and dip and roll the ‘tikkis’ to coat completely.
Heat 2-3 tbs. of oil in a heavy bottomed frying pan. I use a non-stick pan, and fry 2-3 tikkies at a time, on medium heat, until nicely brown and crisp on both sides. You may need to add more oil for subsequent batches. They can be cooked up to this stage in advance.
Grate the following into fine long strips-
Butter, Mayonnaise and cheese spread, as per requirement
Now to assemble the burger, split each bun. On one side spread a little butter and top with a bit of the grated veggies. Place a tomato slice and then the tikki. Over this place the salad leaf. Now on the other side of the bun, apply equally the cheese spread and mayo. Close and press the bun gently. Secure with a toothpick. Repeat for the remaining buns…..
Enjoy with fries or onion rings and a shake. BLISS!