Ok, I know what you purists are thinking. This girl is nuts. A VEGGIE burger that’s not fried? How can it be tasty? First off, I have to say, this wasn’t intentional. I was not consciously looking to make something healthy (which explains the cheese). We were going camping and what’s better than burgers for a picnic by the river? This recipe is very easy, and very tasty (thank you, Indian spices). It is a bit of work but it beats buying packaged food right. RIGHT?? I’m not a big fan of mashed kidney/black beans so I did not add any, but they’re very popular – black bean burgers etc. Once you read through the recipe and get the basic idea, it’s very easy to customize according to what you like. I made a few patties and froze the rest, so will update this post when I open them and see if they thaw well.
I did not plan to take a picture and post this, but once I tasted it, it was so good, I had to share. Apologies for the not so artistic photo and you can see the huge bite I took
Other than the ingredients, you will need 3 tbsp of All Purpose Flour mixed with water to make a thinnish batter for dipping. Not thick but not too runny either. It should thinly coat the back of a spoon. And a plate of breadcrumbs.
- Potatoes - 4
- Peppers - 2 cups, cut into strips, I used frozen
- Peas and Carrots - 2 cups, I used frozen
- Green Chillies - 2, chopped very fine
- Cilantro - 10 stalks, chopped fine
- Dry Mango Powder - 1 tsp
- Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
- Cumin powder - 2 tsp
- Coriander powder - 1 tsp
- Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
- Dried fenugreek leaves - 2 tsp (kasuri methi)
- Fennel Seeds - 1/2 tsp
- ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
- Red pepper flakes - 1/2 tsp
- Salt - to taste
- Boil the potatoes, peel and mash them well.
- Fill a big bowl of water, add the frozen veggies, microwave for 10-15 min until soft and tender.
- Drain ALL the water from the vegetables. Moisture is your enemy. Squeeze the water out with your hand. Once completely dry, add it to the mashed potatoes.
- Add all other ingredients, mix well into a soft dough.
- Pinch off pieces from the ‘dough’ and shape round patties according to the size you like.
- Lightly dip, dont soak, the patty into the flour mixture so that it is lightly coated.
- Cover it with breadcrumbs.
- On a very hot nonstick skillet / flat pan, drizzle a tsp of oil and place the patty on it. Cook it till the breadcrumbs turn brown and then turn it over. Flip it a couple of times till well browned and crunchy.
- That’s it! It’s time to assemble the burger