Monday, December 10, 2007

Burger days are here again! Want to have a bite?

I am a sucker for junk foods! Well I know by proclaiming myself as junkie of this, might go against many things I want to change. But only thing that's certain in this life is change itself. So I got to accept the change my current life style has to offer. But better part of my 20's I have spent thriving on foods that get classified as Junk or western food. I am not saying western food is junk, only what we got to eat happened to fall in that category. 

I was always ready for a Pizza, Burger or French fries any time of the day. As if eating out is not enough, I used to cook these a lot at home too. Those days were burger days. Everybody at home used to just love these and I had ultimate fun cooking them up. But marriage brought a big shock, hubby dear is against anything that's considered junk. So that curbed the urge to cook these. Then came kid and generally everything that life brought about was decisive against another try at these precious dishes to heart. But knowing my affinity to these, during my second pregnancy hubby dear ensured I eat all these so that I was happy. The last few days before my due were only pizzas, burgers, Bhel puris vegera vegera! So I was trilled to no end!

It's been really long since I had a bite on a delicious Burger. During our burger nights, it used to be just us, while Kutty gets to play in the kids corner as we dig into our stuff. Hubby orders chicken, while I order burgers. Konda gets to eat both. Hubby calls it budger budger and I get so happy hearing that term. So when Konda insisted she wanted burger for dinner, I made frequent trips to the super market to lay my hands on these burger buns. Finally I planned burger for her dinner. I remember how elaborate it used to be, when we decide it to be burgers for dinner. I used to make the cutlets or patties with all vegetables. Now since its for Konda, I just made with onions and potatoes. Whatever is added with the cheese and sauce, its yummy!

So here come the classic burger, you won't want to look elsewhere!

Vegetarian Burgers, Indian Style

Ingredients Needed:

Before are listed and needed as required.

Burger Buns
White sauce
Cheese slices
Onion rings
Tomato Rings
Cucumber Rings

For White Sauce, you need

All purpose Flour / Maida - 2 tsp
Milk - 1 cup or as required
Butter - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Pepper - 1 tsp

To make White Sauce,

Heat a pan with butter, add flour and fry well. Add salt, slowly add milk. Stir well for it to mix properly and let it come to boil. Once it comes to boil, add pepper and adjust milk to get a think sauce.

To make the patties

Cup of Vegetables like Carrot, Beans, Potatoes - 1 cup
Onions - 1 small
Regular / Mozzarella cheese - 25 to 50 gms
Bread crumbs - 2 tbsp
Corn flour - 1 tbsp
Rusk - 2 tbsp

To make the patties
This version of patties is shallow fried and easy to make.

Boil the vegetable and remove to a bowl. Add julienne onions, grated cheese, garam masala, pepper, some bread crumbs. Divide to equal portions. Flatten to circles in your palm.

In a cup, take corn flour and mix water to get a liquid consistency. Alternatively you can coat the patties in flour and then coat with the cornflour and finally with bread crumbs or rusks. I didn't have rusks, so ran two bread slices in mixie to get a powdered bread and coated the final patties in that.

Heat a shallow pan with little oil, once its hot place the patties and sprinkle little oil on top. Adjust the flame and ensure its cooked evenly. Since everything is cooked, you will not need much time with this.

To assemble the Burger,

Slice the burger bun in the middle, you can either completely cut it off or you can make a cut in the middle so that you just get a gap to fill in middle. But mostly slicing it completely works out better.

Apply the white sauce on both the sliced buns. On the bottom slice, place the cheese slice, then all the rings. Then top with a patty, finally you can top with another layer of vegetables or Cheese slice. Add little tomato sauce between the layers if required.

If you want more spice to the patties, add chilli powder or chopped green chillies. Everything is left to your imagination.

Serve with Tomato sauce and its ultimate comfort food for me.

Hubby dear was doubtful if Konda would be able to bite in but she proved she could, by taking a big mouthful and was delighted with that!


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VegeYum @ A Life (Time) of Cooking said...

Yum Yum I so want one now!


Vcuisine said...

Valli, after preparing this, you can't resist of course. Nice one. Junk foods - as long as you can burn the calories, keep enjoying for a while... :) just kidding. Viji

Latha Narasimhan said...

Burger reminds me of our days in Delhi! My nephew and niece wanted only burgers or pani puri when they visited my place!:) I too love to make them for the kids! Nice post.

Kamini said...

You will make a lot of parents and children very happy with this recipe!

Srivalli said...

VegeYum, you can have right off the screen..or come home!..

Viji,..thanks will surely keep that in mind..

Lathamma...glad to know that next time this is what I am going to eat at your place!

Kamini, you make me feel so good...because making people happy with food is what I like best!

easycrafts said...

not fair at all...u should surely send me parcel of what you cook before you post it on the blog...ur snaps make me feel hungry

kamala said...

Burger looks yummy

Namratha said...

Yummy, can't say no to burgers!

Rina said...

That is a yummy burger Srivalli.

Mallika said...

You know I've been craving a decent burger for days. I need to make yours soon.

sagari said...

wowwwww srivalliiiii that oozing saucee wouthwatering

Neelam said...

Yummy!Can I have one please!

Tee said...

Burger looks so good...i am a junk food lover too! :)

Srivalli said...

ec, surely, give me your address will parcel you some!

kamala, thanks

Namratha, yeah no need to say too!

Rina, thanks

Mallika, yeah thats nice to why dont' you get down to business right away!

sagari, glad you like them..I made another one today for my daughters' snack was good

Neelam, sure you are welcome to it

Tee, thats so nice to know ok!

bindiya said...

The addition of white sauce is new,these look yummy Sri!

Suganya said...

I have never used white sauce in my burgers. Creamy concoction, huh?

Suganya said...

BTW, this is no junk :D

Srivalli said...

bindiya, yeah I use it instead of mayonnaise which I don't eat. It tastes real yummy!

Suganya, well then you got to use it and eat..its out of the world. Somehow mayonnaise based burgers smell awful to me. And since I dont' eat egg, I add the white sauce to give more base to the burger. Yeah I never consider this as junk but hubby dear does because it has so much fat and cheese ..but that has never really stopped me from having my bite!


Looks yummy!I do wanna bite:)
It would have been more nice if you have photographed the other way-showing the layers:)

beachbirdie said...

Thank you for this recipe. We make our own veggie burgers, but the process is more complicated than I like. This looks simple and we will try it.

Question; what is "rusk"?

Srivalli said...

Rajeswari, will try to take that shot next time!

beachbirdie, you are welcome..hope you like this...

rusk - is the roasted hard bread that we get here...I am not sure what is called in English..this is used to give a binding and for coating of the can run bread slices in food processor and pat the patties on that and they shallow or deep fry them...let me know if I am clear...else will take a picture for you!

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