Sunday, December 25, 2011

Exotic Veggi Burger

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas! For those who do celebrate it - hope you had a wonderful and happy time with your families and loved ones.

My husband is a die hard burger fan - and is ready to eat one anytime, anywhere. So- especially for him - I made these burgers today for lunch. It did take quite a bit of time making and assembling these, presenting them in a nice way and finally clicking the photos and the rest of the work. After finishing lunch, I happened to talk to both my mom and MIL. As usual, they asked what we had had for lunch, and I told them about the burgers.

My mom was quiet for a second and then she said, "You have a lot of passion and patience - that must have taken a lot of time and effort!" and believe me, that one small sentence meant a lot and covered so many unsaid emotions. It's normally not very easy to impress my mom, but she definitely made my day with that one small sentence. Then, I called up my in laws and had a chat with my MIL. It was the same conversation all over again. She was a little more expressive in letting out her thoughts - but with the same basic content - "that must have taken a lot of time and patience!", and she took down the recipe as well. After talking to both of them, I was basking in a small pool of sunshine and happiness despite the cold gray outside, and enjoying my Christmas thoroughly.

And of course the official taster (my dear hubby) had a big smile on his face throughout the lunch, and for half the day after that!

Well, the moral of the story is - sometimes, when I am in a hurry or in a bad mood or simply run out of patience, I do try and take a short cut. Now, as I am writing this, I am saying to myself - it IS worth the time and effort and sweat, not to take shortcuts, to keep the passion flowing, to go on creating new recipes.

So hold on...this is a long one!



1 - ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and roughly chopped
1 - onion, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp - lemon juice
1 - green chilli (or according to taste)
3 tbsp - olive oil
salt and pepper according to taste
garlic (optional)
1 1/2 tbsp - coriander leaves

Put the avocado pulp, oil, onions, green chilli, garlic, lemon juice, coriander leaves, garlic, salt and pepper in a mixer and grind coarsely. Keep aside.

Tomato Gooseberry Relish

2 medium size - tomatoes, chopped
2 - gooseberries (amla), pitted and chopped
1/2 cup - red bell pepper, chopped
2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
2 - 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 - green chilli (or according to taste)
1 tbsp - sunflower oil
1 1/2 tbsp - coriander leaves, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat the oil in a non stick pan. Add the pepper, ginger, chilli and garlic and saute for a couple of minutes on medium heat.
  2. Add the gooseberries and cook until they are slightly tender. Add the tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients and cook until the tomatoes are soft.
  3. Remove from the heat and let it cool. Grind in a mixer. Keep aside.
Zucchini Patties

1 - zucchini, grated
1 - onion small size, peeled and grated
1 - green chilli - finely chopped
2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
1 - potato medium size, boiled, peeled and grated
2 tbsp - chives, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
sunflower oil to pan fry the patties

  1. Squeeze the excessive water out of the grated zucchini and onion. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix.
  2. Make 6 round patties and pan fry them on medium flame until both the sides are evenly golden.

Beetroot  Patties

1 - beetroot, peeled and grated
1 - carrot, peeled and grated
1 - potato medium size, boiled, peeled and grated
2 -3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
1 - green chilli (or according to taste), finely chopped
2 tbsp - parsley, finely chopped
1/4 tsp - garam masala powder
1/2 tsp - dried mango powder (amchur)
salt and pepper to taste
sunflower oil to pan fry the patties
  1. Squeeze the excessive water out of the grated beetroot and carrot. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix.
  2. Make 6 round patties and pan fry them on low flame till both the sides are evenly golden.
Onion Rings

1 - onion, peeled and cut into rounds
oil to pan fry
salt and pepper to taste

Pan fry the onion on a medium flame until slightly burnt. Sprinkle the salt and pepper.Turn carefully and fry until the other side is slightly burnt as well.

 I made the baguette following the recipe from the "Artisan Bread in five minutes a Day".

Butter to toast the diagonally sliced baguettes and I used some dried basil to give a little flavour to the baguettes.

Cheddar slices
green salad of your choice
Vinegar onions (I used one with balsamico)

  1. Apply the guacamole to one side of a baguette slice. Put some greens on top of it (I used lambs' lettuce, aka corn salad). Put the zucchini patty and then the cheese slice onto it. Coat the 2nd piece of baguette with the guacamole and put the coated side on the top of the cheese. Apply the tomato-gooseberry relish on the top of the 2nd piece of baguette, put some greens, put the beetroot patty and cheese slice. Coat the 3rd piece of the baguette with the relish and put the coated side on the top of the cheese.
  2. Insert a skewer into the burger and top it up with the balsamico vinegar onion.
Serve the burger hot and fresh with the salad, pan fried onions, guacamole dip and tomato gooseberry relish. Enjoy the happy faces.


  1. Burger look simply mouthwatering and delicious. Excellent clicks.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. This sounds DELICIOUS!!! Being a vegetarian I am SO gonna try this!

    ♡ from ©

  3. Both the moms are right! You have created such a healthy and tasty burger. I am going to try this out next weekend and hopefully avoid the oil.:)

  4. This involves a lot of step yet you'd created a flavorful and fabulous meal! Happy holidays dear...

  5. Very tempting and healthy burger..never tried with this combinations of patties..will love to try soon..great recipe!!!

  6. Very very tempting. My husband likes anything which has bread in it...he sure is going to love this :)

  7. Sensational! That's my type of sandwiches!
    Have a relaxing holiday season!

  8. Wholesome and Yummy Sandwich.Merry Christmas.

  9. wow, There are so many components to this burger! and what i really like is each & every component is so healthy... the baguette also looks fabulous. truly amazing :)

  10. Love the way you have stacked up the personal fav is zucchini patties..delicious burger..hugs and smiles

  11. a very time consuming n a healthy burger indeed...keep up the hard work...
    hard work, works!!!!
    awesome presenatation as always....

  12. very delicious burger...looks yummm..:)

  13. Wow, now that is a sandwich worth eating! Looks like a lot of love went into that one. I love the idea of beet root too, I've never tried that. Very inspirational!

  14. That looks Yummy! And so colorful too!!! No wonder everyone loved it. You deserve the nice words Rachana.

  15. Love this veggie burger, sound so healthy and it look so tempting ! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2012!

  16. Thats an incredible and super delicious burger..

  17. Veggie burger looks so so delicious..and the presentation and clicks.......I wish u merry Christmas....

  18. first itme here.i love burgers.vl try this soon

  19. tempting colorful and yummy burger

  20. Really the burger looks exotic, yummy, fabulous and colourful.

  21. wow...looks tasteful...

  22. Looks awesome and absolutely delicious

  23. Un burger des plus exotiques. J'aime beaucoup le mélange de couleurs et de saveurs.
    Très bonne fête de fin d'année et à bientôt.

  24. Wow Rachana-I'm impressed!! This burger sounds and looks so awesome!!

  25. I'm in awe! I love that you made double decker veggie burgers...that's so awesome.

  26. The veg burger look yum and exotic! Excellent!

  27. Awesome.. First time visitor here. Excellent collection of recipes.. Happy to follow you..

  28. It looks so ur mom saidnu have put a lot of effort ..hats off to u..and ur hubby is really lucky :)

  29. omg! love the receipe and yummy is the end product!

    xo Nav

  30. I am hungry...just pass it to me..looks so yummy..Happy New year :-)

  31. Wow ! That's lip smacking ! Loved those spoons too
    Wish you a wonderful 2012 !!

  32. Burger looks so delicious dear.
    Wishing you and family a Happy, prosperous and blessed New year.

  33. I like this burger ^ - ^

    Happy New Year

  34. happy new year Rachana..hugs and smiles

  35. Happy New Year gal, that burger looks like a treat and a good start for the new year!

  36. Wishing you a very Happy New Year, Rachana. This looks awesome.

  37. That looks like an amazing, elegant, upscale veggie burger. Like something you'd find at a really expensive cafe. Looks gorgeous, and delicious.
    Happy New year to you!

  38. Hi
    Wish you a very happy new have an Award waiting on my blog..please accept it.

  39. This is awesome! I would love to have a bite of this burger!!! But there is too much ingredients for me to assemble this ultimate vegie burger. I'll bookmarked this recipe and would love to cook the zucchini patties.

  40. Some times little words of praise do wonder to uplift out morale.. That is quite an exotic burger..

  41. Oh my!!! This burger indeed looks so so ..... awesome!
    Full of goodness of veggies..

    Loved your blog, now joining you! :)

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