This recipe makes 10-12 large patties and leftovers keep well in the freezer.
400 grams chickpeas/ chole, soaked for 8 hours and then pressure cooked until soft
2 tablespoon, chopped or grated ginger
5-6 medium chillies
1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves
1/4 cup chopped mint leaves
200 grams paneer
1 large onion finely chopped
1.5 tablespoons of cumin- coriander seeds, powdered
1.5 tablespoons of chaat masala
a pinch of amchur
salt as per your taste
2-3 tablespoons of chickpea flour (besan)
Oil for shallow frying
Burger buns, cut in half and lightly buttered
Salad to accompany the burger: Sliced tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce
Slices of cheese (optional)
1. In a food processor, blitz the chickpeas with the ginger and 3 of the chillies to get a coarse, thick paste. No water needs to be added. Keep the paste aside. (This can be done a day in advance.)
2. Crumble the paneer with your fingers. Add the chopped onion, coriander and mint leaves, 3 finely chopped chillies, salt to taste, chaat masala and the dhaniya-jeera powder. You can add some paprika powder to spice up this mix, if you like. Mix well and keep aside for at least 30 minutes so that the paneer can absorb the flavours. (This can also be done the previous evening.)
3. On the day, combine the chickpea paste with the paneer mixture. If it is too wet, you can add in some breadcrumbs to bind it together.
4. Form into patties or tikkis to match the size of the buns. Roll them in the chickpea flour so that they are nicely coated.
In a sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil and wait till it is really hot.
5. Add in the tikkis and cook well till they are crisp and golden brown on both sides. Let them cool for 5 minutes.
6. Sandwich them into your buns, along with tomato and cucumber slices, lettuce or even a slice of cheese.
7. Tah-dah! The Chickpea burgers are ready to go. Add a hot chocolate or a strawberry-banana smoothie on the side and you’re all set.
If you prep stages 1 and 2 in advance, dinner can be on the table in 20-25 minutes. Again, I used 2 sauté pans to speed up the process.