Originally Posted May 9, 2013. Updated 1/8/2021
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 Paneer Burger
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!
About my Inspiration....
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.
That whole ... adventure... has been filled with unique experiences for me, but I digress - Duckie is awesome. That is all. 🙂
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Paneer Burgers with Quick Pickle and Cilantro-Mint Mayo
Cilantro Mint Mayo
- ⅓ Cup Mayonnaise
- ¼ Cup Fresh Cilantro finely chopped
- 2 tablespoon Fresh Mint finely chopped
Quick Pickled Veggies
- ½ Red Bell Pepper Seeded and thinly sliced
- ½-1 Jalapeno Pepper Seeded and thinly sliced
- 1 Green Onion Thinly sliced on a long diagonal
- 1 Small carrot Peeled
- ¼ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- ½ teaspoon Granulated Sugar
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- Oil For deep frying
- ½ Cup Garbanzo / Chickpea Flour
- 2 tablespoon White Rice Flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon Hot Curry Powder
- ½ teaspoon Coriander Powder
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- pinch Baking Powder
- 1 tablespoon Finely Chopped Cilantro
- ½ Cup Water
- 12 oz Brick of Paneer Room temperature
- ¼ cup Additional garbanzo flour
- 2 Burger buns of choice Gluten free if needed
- Mix together mayo, cilantro, and mint. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.
- Place sliced peppers and green onions into a bowl. Using a vegetable peeler, peel long strips of carrot into the same bowl, until you have as much carrot as you would like (I used about as much carrot as I did red pepper). Whisk together vinegar, sugar, and salt. Pour over the vegetables, tossing to coat well. Cover and set aside.
- Start heating your oil to 375F – you’ll want at least 2-3″ of oil in your pot or deep fryer.
- In a large bowl, combine flours, spices, salt, baking powder, and cilantro. Add water, stir well to form a thick batter. All batter to sit for 5 minutes or so, to soften the bean flour.
- Slice your paneer into two “patties”. Sizing will depend on what shape your paneer loaf is in – we got two square patties, and a couple of extra sticks as a “side”. Toss patties with additional garbanzo flour, then dredge in the batter.
- Carefully transfer paneer patties to the preheated oil. Fry for a few minutes on each side, until golden brown. Use a slotted metal spoon to transfer fried paneer to paper towels.
- To construct the burgers:
- Split the buns, toasting if desired. Spread cilantro-mint mayo on bottom half of each bun. Top with burger, and a generous helping of quick pickled veggies. Crown with top bun, enjoy!
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