The American burger is passé. Time to try a South Indian one instead
Burgers are usually flour based. People try whole-grain, but at the end of the day, that is still Western and it is still bread. Burgers per se are not junk food. If you remove the mayonnaise and ketchup, then you get rid of the junk food element. I’ve replaced the traditional burger with a vada, which is rich in protein. I used cucumber, cheese and tomato — which are all healthy. I used tomato chutney instead of ketchup. And viola! You have a burger without the junk food label.
Vada chicken burger
1/4 urad dal washed
1tsp chopped onion
1/4tsp green chilly
1/6tsp chopped ginger
Salt to taste
1/2tsp chopped coriander
1/2tsp cumin seed
1tsp cashew nut, broken
Oil to fry vada
80gms chicken minced e
Salt to taste
1pinch crushed pepper corn
1/2 an egg
1tbsp chopped onion
1piece lettuce leaf
2 slices onion
2 slices tomato
2 slices cucumber
1tbsp tomato chutney
Soak the washed urad dal in 1 cup of water for at least 40 minutes.
Drain the water and process the dal in a blender mixer till almost a smooth paste is formed. Use as little water as possible so that you get a thick paste.
Add in the zeera, chopped onion, chopped coriander leaves, green chillies, chopped ginger, salt and broken cashew nut.
Heat oil in kadahi to medium high temperature.
With the help of wet palms, make vadas of extra large size and fry till golden in colour and cooked inside as well. Drain on a kitchen paper towel and leave aside.
Mix minced chicken with salt, peppercorns, chopped onion and egg. Form a patty of the same size of vada with wet hands. Grill it or use a thick-bottomed frying pan on both sides.
You can use a non-stick pan also if you wish to use less oil.
Slice the vada horizontally into half, just like a burger roll. Arrange a lettuce leaf on half the vada and add onion cucumber and tomato slices. Gently place the chicken patty on it and top it with tomato chutney. Place the other half of the vada back on the vada burger and serve hot. (Note - Vegetarians can replace chicken with a potato and/or mix vegetable of potato or even a lentil patty.)