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Masala slider - Veggie slider Indian style

January 3, 2017

We love veggie burgers in our family. If you are a meat eater, go ahead, have a good laugh! I know that the concept of a veggie burger might seem strange to some of you. We are always happy when we go to a restaurant that replaces the burger with a veggie patty because the concept of burgers is fun. Red Robin Yummm!  We love the different possibilities in terms of bun, toppings, cheeses, condiments etc. that make them very interesting.  The veggie burgers are usually made with soy products or black beans or mushrooms and I gather they are desperately trying to be close in taste to the meat ones. I do not eat meat and I probably will never know what it tastes like and won't understand what I am missing but I hope I am allowed one rant. Why should vegetarian food try to taste like meat? I think vegetables are delicious little beauties in their own right. If you are a meat eater trying an all vegetarian diet, I understand that it can be difficult to give up something you have grown up eating. I am saying this because I am guilty of trying to Indianize certain dishes that I like, but I do it more out of curiosity than anything else. I have one request of you, please give vegetarian dishes a chance in their own right and not as poor imitations of their meat counterparts.  Do not expect a veggie patty to taste like it's meat counterpart. A veggie patty can taste like a vegetable patty and still be delicious, it does not need the crutch of meat flavor.

Masala patties are Indian style vegetable patties. They are usually made with potatoes and other vegetables and spices. I add paneer to the patties to increase their protein content. I made a big batch of sliders for a party recently. So I made these mini veggie patties to go with them. I also made a oil and vinegar slaw with curry flavor  to compliment the masala burgers.

 

Ingredients:

Frozen mixed vegetables  2 cups

Potatoes  2 large or 4 small

Paneer 7 oz. or 1/2 a store bought slab grated

Bread 3 slices

Garlic 3 cloves grated

Ginger 1 inch grated

Bread crumbs 1/2-3/4 cup

All purpose flour 2 tablespoons

Cilantro 1/4 cup finely chopped

Curry powder 1 tsp

Chilli powder 1/4 tsp

Salt to taste

 

Procedure for making patties:

  1. Boil the potatoes or poke a few holes and cook in the microwave. Peel and mash/grate  them. I prefer red potatoes but you can use any kind.

  2. Cook the frozen vegetables as per package instructions and set aside. 

  3. Grate paneer and finely grate ginger and garlic.

  4. Finely chop cilantro.

  5. Take a large skillet and add 3 tbsp. of oil.

  6. Fry ginger and garlic till the raw smell of garlic disappears.

  7. Add the cooked vegetables and mix well and sauté for a few minutes.

  8. Add the grated/mashed potatoes and curry powder and salt to taste and mix well .

  9. Add grated paneer and chopped cilantro and mix well

  10. Check the texture of the veggies and paneer mixture.

  11. Fill a bowl with water and dip the slices of bread. If the mixture above feels very dry, don't squeeze all the water out of the bread, if it is moist, try to squeeze out as much water as possible. Coarsely chop them up.

  12. Add to the veggies, mix well and taste. It tasted a little bland for me, so I added some chilli powder. You can adjust seasoning as per your taste.

  13. Mix well and let it cool.

 

Procedure for frying the patties:

  1. Once cooled form into small patties. Size will depend on the size of the slider buns. Each of my patties were a little shy of a quarter cup. I formed all the patties and refrigerated them till I was ready for them.

  2. Heat a large skillet.  Take all purpose flour in a bowl and add enough water to make a very watery solution. If the all purpose flour solution is thick, the patties will be chewy. Keep bread crumbs in a plate . 

  3. Dip each patty first in the bowl, then coat with bread crumbs and shallow fry.

  4. Toast slider buns and serve with favorite condiments.

Enjoy!

 

Here are the ingredients you will need for the patties.

Boil the potatoes or poke a few holes and cook in the microwave. Peel and mash/grate  them. I prefer red potatoes but you can use any kind.

Cook the frozen vegetables as per package instructions and set aside. 

Grate paneer and finely grate ginger and garlic.

Finely chop cilantro

 

Take a large skillet and add 3 tbsp. of oil.

Fry ginger and garlic till the raw smell of garlic disappears

 

Add the cooked vegetables and mix well and sauté for a few minutes.

 

 Add the grated/mashed potatoes and curry powder and salt to taste and mix well

 

 

 Add grated paneer and chopped cilantro and mix well

 

Check the texture of the veggies and paneer mixture. Bread is used to bind it all together. You could use eggs too. Fill a bowl with water and dip the slices of bread. If the mixture above feels very dry, don't squeeze all the water out of the bread, if it is moist, try to squeeze out as much water as possible. Coarsely chop them up.

 Add to the veggies, mix well and taste. It tasted a little bland for me, so I added some chilli powder. You can adjust seasoning as per your taste.

 

 

 Mix well and let it cool. Once cooled form into small patties. Size will depend on the size of the slider buns. Each of my patties were a little shy of a quarter cup. I formed all the patties and refrigerated them till I was ready for them.

 

 

 Heat a large skillet.  Take all purpose flour in a bowl and add enough water to make a very watery solution. If the all purpose flour solution is thick, the patties will be chewy. Keep bread crumbs in a plate .  Dip each patty first in the bowl, then coat with bread crumbs and shallow fry.

 

 

 Since I was making these in advance for a party, I assembled all of them on a baking sheet.

I topped some with hot habanero cheese and some with Cheddar cheese. I love habanero cheese, it adds a wonderful sharp spicy taste. Top with your favorite cheese.

 

 

 

We went into assembly mode and toasted all the buns and spread some curry sauce I mentioned in my previous post. I used the curry sauce simply because I had it. You can dress them up with your favorite condiments. I did not use any fresh toppings because I planned to warm the burgers before serving. I made a curried slaw. I followed Rachel Ray's oil and vinegar slaw recipe and added 1/2 tsp curry powder, I used apple cider vinegar in place of red wine vinegar. I served it on the side with the burgers.

 

 

 

 

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I'm Sirisha. I cook simple vegetarian food. You will find Indian vegetarian family recipes and will be privy to my experiments. Happy cooking!

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