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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Masala Burger

Thursday dinners at our home are “fun food” .And the rule is to cook a dish that requires minimal cooking. As dear hubby points out, half the “fun” is lost if most of the evening is spent in preparation and the remainder in cleaning the kitchen.

On one such Thursday we came up with this particularly unusually delicious mouth watering Burger and since then this Indian version has been immensely popular in the house. The fact that I had made a recent trip to the Indian grocery store did help a lot in conceiving this dish.

Buns – as many as you can eat
Boiled potatoes – 2 large
Finely chopped onions – half a cup
Finely chopped garlic – 1 tsp
Finely chopped cilantro – half a cup
Red chili powder – 1 tsp
White sesame seeds – 1 tsp
Turmeric – a pinch
Tamarind juice – 1 tsp
Tamarind chutney/ketchup – as needed (use either)
Garam Masala – 1 tsp
Sev – as needed
Salt and pepper
Butter or oil

Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and add sesame seeds. Once they crackle, add onions and garlic and cook till the onions are done. Add the cilantro, red chili powder, turmeric, tamarind juice, garam masala, salt and pepper. Stir well and cook for 2 minutes or so. Add the boiled and mashed potato, turn the heat off and mix well. Let the mixture cool.

Heat a flat skillet and lightly toast both sides of the buns using butter or oil. Take one part of the bun and spread 2 tsp of the potato mixture evenly. Sprinkle sev on top. Take the other part of the bun now and spread 1 tsp of tamarind chutney or ketchup and close the burger. The only  instruction I have on this one is, grab it before someone else eats it!

 Serving suggestions
*With chips/pickle/chutney/ketchup/chai

*This Burger can be cooked up with any leftover subzi (dry vegetable) that has potato
  in it.
*You can add sliced tomatoes and onions to the Burger.
* The potato mixture can be cooked beforehand, that makes it a good recipe for snack
   for a big group.

  Interesting fact
·       * It cost 10 cents to buy a Burger when it was initially listed in the menus of restaurants.


  1. Looks pretty yummy... will be trying this soon :)

  2. Looks really easy and delicious. I will definitely try this.

  3. This looks really delicious. I am going to definitely try this easy recipe on one of the busy nights. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Just had it for my breakfast...DELICIOUS !!! Thanks for sharing

  5. Thank u for ur lovely comment!! Burger looks delicious.. Even I tried to prepare one with leftover boiled veggies and it came out very well. With Sev u've added a desi twist to ur burgers.. I like tat.. love to follow u!!
    Also, I would like to know "Are u from USA?" As there is a chain started today for USA and Canada bloggers. So, if you are staying in any of these countries then I would encourage u to participate in it!! For more info u can see the recent post in my blog..

  6. Hey Reshmi, will definitely check out the details of the Chain as I am from US and would love to participate as well if possible..