Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Vegetable Burger

Recipe No: 99
Ingredients                                         Makes 4
To make the Veggie Patties
  • Oil………………………………..2 Tablespoon
  • Mushrooms………………..…1 ½ Cups (Slice into small pieces)
  • Onion chopped…………..….1/4 Cup
  • Grated Vegetables………...1 Heap Cup (I use Carrots, Beans, Peas and Cabbage)
  • Garlic…………………………..2 Cloves minced
  • Black Pepper Powder…....1/2 Teaspoon
  • Red Chilly Powder………..1/2 Teaspoon
  • Coriander Powder……...…1/2 Teaspoon
  • Roasted Cumin Powder…1/4 Teaspoon
  • Garam Masala Powder....1/4 Teaspoon
  • Salt…………………….………as per needed
  • Quick Cooking Oats…..….1/3 Cup
  • Bread Crumbs……………..1/2 Cup
  • Egg…………………….………2 (Slightly Beaten)
  • Grated Cheese……….……1/4 Cup
To make the Burger
  • Burger Buns…………..……4
  • Cheese Slices………...…….4
  • Butter………………………..As per needed
  • Lettuce and Tomato Slices as needed
Method of Preparation
To make the Veggie Patty
  1. Heat Oil in a pan and saute Onions and Mushrooms with a bit of Salt until the Mushrooms are brown. By the way, water may ooze out of the Mushrooms, so this process may take a bit of time.
  2. Add the Vegetables and Minced Garlic and continue sauteing for three minutes. Add Pepper powder, Red Chilly powder, Coriander powder, Roasted Cumin powder and Garam Masala Powder; mix and switch off the flame. At this stage the salt should be a bit on the higher side so that the Patty will have enough salt once all the other ingredients are added.
  3. When the sauteed mixture is slightly cooled, add Oats, Bread Crumbs, Grated Cheese and Egg; mix really well and let it sit for half an hour.
  4. Divide the mixture into four equal parts. This will not be as solid as most of the other Burger patties. Roll each portion into a ball and press it between your palms to flatten. Smooth the edges with your fingers to form a  patty.
  5. Heat a tablespoon of Oil in a non stick pan on medium high heat and fry the patties until browned on both sides.
  6. While the second side is almost done; place a slice of Cheese and let it start to melt along the edges.
To assemble the Burger
  1. Split the Buns into two and brush the inner sides with a bit of Butter and place it Butter side down on the pan for a minute till it is heated through.
  2. Place the bottom of the Bun on a plate followed by a piece of Lettuce, a slice of Tomato, and the Veggie patty followed by the top of the Bun.
  3. Serve as hot as possible.
Notes:
  • Use other Burger toppings like sauteed Onions or Bell peppers if you like.
  • The Patty before cooking is not hard but when cooked it will set because of the presence of the Egg. This will keep the Patty really moist.
  • Don't keep the Patty mixture for more than 1/2 hour or it will become slightly watery.
  • It will take only minutes to cook the Patty, so make it only when you need it. Don't allow the Burgers to be cold as it tastes the best when hot and the Cheese still oozing.
  • To make roasted Cumin powder either dry roast(without Oil) Cumin seeds till it is slightly brown and fragrant and then powder it or dry roast store bought Cumin powder in a pan until slightly brown and fragrant.
 




Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
serve it to your family with love…

2 comments:

An Open Book said...

hi asha..been a while since i dropped by...can see u are getting on mighty well with the challenge :)

Neena Xavier said...

came out well!!!

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