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Burgers anyone?

Burgers in India have evolved. Today, burger chains in India as well as five star hotels serve the best of burgers at par with the ones we get abroad. Big, value for money with interesting fillings made of fresh high quality ingredients.

Mexicano Burger

I was thrilled to see  that McDonalds has recently incorporated so many Indian spices in the burger bun.  This new variant is truly welcome. McDonald’s  new range of ‘Indi’ McSpicy burgers actually give consumers a kick of Desi spice with the unique flavor of Hari mirch sauce, made of Green Chillies – one of the commonly used ingredients in Indian Food.

Indi McSpicy Chicken

Originally from Hamburg in Germany, Burgers are now globally eaten and accepted.The varieties in burger patties today are plenty too. Chicken breasts grilled to perfection, sautéed in  interesting sauces, well made, delectable  fried chicken or paneer patty,  and even tofu. The options are endless.

Whether it is a classic meat burger or its healthier counterpart the Soybean burger , one can experiment with herbs and spices for an unusual result.  And chefs and burger chains alike, are doing that.

Chefs now experiment with toppings like Avocado salsa instead of melted cheese and fried onions. Instead of normal white bread you now have a range of healthy options to choose from.

MINI-BURGERS

I remember eating innovative stuff at the Leela Goa. Moong bean sprout patty, tamarind chutney, baked tapioca chips, coconut and cucumber salad, Shiitake, tofu and rice patty, sesame bun. Yes all this instead of the usual oily and unhealthy options we commonly indulge in. 

Woodside Inn Andheri does some great burgers. Loved their festival of global burgers from across the world, some months ago.

Fish or chicken burgers always catch my eye as these are fairly uncommon. Am not a meat person anyway. A chewy meat patty which some burger chains often tend to serve is a strict no no. A juicy, succulent burger is something we all enjoy.

Add-ons like sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions, melting cheddar cheese and bacon rashers add variety even to an ordinary burger.

I am all for these fusion burgers rather than the age-ol’ classic burger. Innovation is fun and it is great to tease your palate with unusual flavours and textures.

And yes I love sliders or mini burgers too. Easy to eat and one can try our several different ones. And these make a pretty picture too.

I am now craving a burger. And you?

 

 

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Wonder food soya!

I am a great fan of soyabean. Not only because of its nutritional value, but really enjoy it in various forms. The high quality protein with minimum saturated fat in soya bean is undisputed. It tastes good too. It is the safest bet for vegetarians for their protein quota.

Soybean and soy protein is beneficial in managing diet related degenerative diseases such heart diseases, cancer, diabetes etc.  Studies conducted at leading health institutes in India have shown that soybean and soy protein consumption can significantly reduce cholesterol levels and improve the heart health, as well as manage blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. Plenty of reasons to befriend soya actually.

Soya bean nuggets are great along with peas. Soya bean keema if made well with garam masala et al can be a good substitute for chicken or mutton keema. I make an interesting pulao using this soya keema too. Soy protein being a vegetarian protein has quality equal to milk and eggs. Soy products such as soybeans, soya bari, soymilk, soy flour, etc have a tremendous role to play in improving the nutritional and health scenario of Indian society.

Chefs are taking this ingredient seriously as are home makers in their kitchens. A lot can be done with soy. Oriental cuisine of course uses it more liberally. Soy paneer, soy ice-cream, soy yogurt (Dahi) are an economic and healthy alternate to milk.

A friend of mine even uses soya bean flour to make ladoos. Be innovative and include soya in your diet. Soya tikkis, chillas, pulao, koftas….the list is endless.

 

Here’s my fav  soyabean rice recipe:

 

  • 1 cup soya chunks
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons soybean oil or ghee
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 large onions chopped fine
  • A pinch of haldi
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • A few cloves, cinnamon stick and elaichi
  • 1 cup basmati rice washed
  • salt to tatste

Method :

 

  • Soak soya chunks in warm water for a few mins till soft and spongy.
  • Pour oil in a pan and sauté onions till brown. Add, ginger-garlic paste, cloves, cinnamon stick, cardamom and garam masala powder.  Add rice. Fry for a few mins. Add hot water and salt, cook on slow fire with a lid on the pan. Later, add soya chunks and mix.