A while back, one of my
prison buddies MasterChef friends - Duckie - posted a photo of her dinner on Facebook. While that in itself isn't anything special - my FB news feed has been FLOODED with dinner pics, since coming home from this MC adventure - man, that photo was the stuff that dreams are made of. Well, most of her photos are - they always have everyone drooling - but this really stood out to me.
It was a burger that featured not a meat patty, but a big chunk of paneer that had been breaded with corn flakes! As she described it on her blog, Duckie's Dine-asty:
"Paneer Burger! Fried paneer on a garlic roll with cabbage, carrot, and a sweet and spicy tamarind chutney…accompanied by sweet potato fries and curried ketchup!"
... I knew I'd have to do my own version, and SOON. The idea of just frying a big patty of paneer as a burger just seemed so hedonistic, it kind of made me giddy to think about it. I don't usually get like that over something... vegetarian. LOL!
So, I thought about which direction I'd want to go with it. I decided that, rather than a cornflake breading, I'd go for a giant version of a paneer pakora. Rather than using my cilantro-mint chutney with it, I'd make a mayo based on that idea, for a creamier texture. Then, to top it off, a mess of quick pickled veggies for some color, brightness, and acidity!
YES. It was every bit as awesome as it looks. My husband claims "I could eat that again and again!", and that it ranks right up there with my Apple Chicken Burgers with Basil and Gouda. Given how completely buts he is about THOSE.. that's saying something!
So freaking good. Yum!
Duckie is ALL kinds of awesome, even beyond her cooking. She was one of the first people I met in LA, very friendly, outgoing, hilarious, and .. inclusive. On a personal note - she even publicly ripped a bully a new one on my behalf! I mean... in a spectacular fashion. I don't think I've ever had anyone do that for me. This whole thing has been filled with unique experiences for me, but I digress - Duckie is awesome. That is all. 🙂