Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Chicken Burger Recipe

I am on a cook at home spree. So whatever I crave for, I make at home. It's a great idea for me to try cooking new things and learn more cooking.

Chicken Burger Recipe

My latest cravings were that of a chicken burger. A juicy minced chicken patty, some lovely spread between crispy lettuce and soft buns. Well, I thought if I've imagined so much,  I might as well make it!

Chicken Burger Recipe

This burger combines the recipes of many burger specials I've seen on TV and online. The ideas which have appealed to me, I've taken them. I've come up with this recipe for my juicy chicken burger. All the ingredients are easily available to an Indian kitchen, so there are no worries there!

Chicken Burger Recipe

Chicken Burger Recipe

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Making Time: 30 minutes

Makes:  4 burgers


For the burger patties:

500 gms minced chicken
2 cups bread crumbs
1 tbsp mustard sauce
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tbsp mixed herbs (oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme and parsley)
1 tbsp garlic powder
Oil to shallow fry
Salt to taste

For the burger spread:

4 tbsps mayonnaise
2 tbsps mustard sauce

For Serving:

4 burger buns
4 leaves of lettuce
1 medium tomato sliced


First take the chicken mince in a bowl. Add in the mustard, ketchup, garlic powder, salt and herbs.

Next, add in the bread crumbs and mix with very light hands. Using a lot of pressure with make the burgers dry.

Make 4 patties of this mixture and refrigerate for 20 minutes at least.

In a bowl mix together the mayonnaise and mustard sauce to make a yummy burger spread.

In a bowl take some ice water. Dip the lettuce leaves in it and keep for at least 15 minutes. Pat dry.

Heat oil in a flat pan till it becomes very hot. Lower the flame to a medium high and cook the chicken patties for 5 minutes on each side.

In the meanwhile cut the burger buns, spread the burger spread on it and put the lettuce and tomato slices on the lower half of the bread.

When the patty is done, put it on top of the tomato slice and serve!

You can also serve the lettuce and tomato on the side to prevent the burger from soggy.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Palak Paneer Recipe

So I hear winter is here. Not in Mumbai where it's still hot in the afternoons (come on weather, it's December!) But I see across India temperatures are mellowing. And I am seeing fresher greens in the market (my favourite part of winter!) so I have hope. 

Palak Paneer Recipe
Greens like the ones I see in the market are to be celebrated. And I do. I love these leafy vegetables so much that I get them home at least twice a week and make different versions of them. You'll hear more about these treats I make as we go.

Palak Paneer Recipe
Palak paneer is the qunitessential Indian spinach dish. Ask anyone to name an Indian dish with spinach in it and palak paneer will be in the top 3 (if not the top). And why not? This dish has soft cottage cheese cooked in a creamy, flavourful spinach gravy. Who can resist that? Here's my recipe of palak paneer for all you lovely people reading this.

Palak Paneer Recipe

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4


30-35 spinach leaves separated from the stalk
5 cups water
2 tbsps oil
1 tbsp garlic paste
1/2 tbsp ginger paste
1 medium onion choppped
1 medium sized tomato
2 green chillies
1 1/2 tsp garam masala
200 grams paneer cut into 1 inch peices
2 tbsps cream
Salt to taste


Bring the water to a boil. When it's done, dip the spinach leaves in it for about 2 minutes. Remove and run them under cold water. 

Blend these in a mixer with the tomato and green chillies.

Heat oil in a pan. Add in the ginger and the garlic paste. Fry for 30 seconds.

Add in the onions and saute till they turn pink.

Now add the spinach puree, garam masala and salt and cook for 2 minutes on a low flame.

Add in the paneer and cream and mix well. Keep for a minute.

Serve hot.