Thursday, 2 January 2014


Indian fast food is beginning to get very popular with Indian kids. Everyone wants to try something different besides boring old roti-subzi, but they do not get much nutrition with many types of fast food. The question is how to combine likes with nutrition?

The answer to this is the most simple of all: give them a burger, let it have all the veggies and a little cheese. Let the patty have not much oil and instead have a high amount of protein (which seems to be a problem with vegetarianism, but with the increasing varieties of things like quinoa, tofu, paneer, nuts, beans and lentils, it's getting better!)

This recipe is a spicy paneer burger which can be enjoyed in every household, with masala French fries. It is dedicated to my cousin, Shaun, who loves paneer.

1 cup paneer (cottage cheese) OR tofu (beancurd), mashed
1 potato, boiled and mashed
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp ginger paste
1 tbsp garlic paste
2 green chillies, large (deseeded and finely chopped)
Enough flour to bind
1/2 tsp cumin (jeera) powder
1/2 tsp coriander (dhania) powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp curry powder
Little chaat masala
Little turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Breadcrumbs for topping
Oil to grill 

Burger buns
Cheese slices
Onion slices
Tomato slices

1/2 cup frozen French fries or potato, boiled and cut into fries shape
Pinch of chaat masala
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
Salt to taste

To make these is very simple. Mix all spices together into one powder mixture. Fry French fries or bake them in a preheated oven of 400 degrees Fahrenheit (almost 190 degrees Celsius or Gas Mark 4). Pour in seasoning and serve.

1. Mix all ingredients for cutlets except ingredients in bold. Shape into balls and flatten slightly to make patties.
2. Top with breadcrumbs. Heat oil in a skillet, and grill cutlets on the pan.
3. Cut the burger buns in half lengthwise. Toast them and butter them. Put toppings according to your taste like a burger and serve warm with masala fries.

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