Juicy BUTTER CHICKEN BURGERS served on warm naan bread with a slice of ripe tomato and homemade RAITA. It’s an Indian summer treat.
I was recently shown how to make traditional butter chicken, a mainstay of Indian cuisine. I’ve always loved Indian food and started thinking about ways to partner these flavours with western dishes. I think the essence of this famous dish is captured in these delicious burgers.
GROUND CHICKEN – I like creating burgers using poultry. Speak to your butcher and ask for their leanest ground chicken option.
SPICES – Two of the spices used in this recipe should be available at your local supermarket or specialty store: garam masala, a blend of Indian spices, and curry powder. You’ll also need kasoori methi, which is dried fenugreek leaves. This essential ingredient can be purchased at Indian grocers or online.
VEGETABLES, CILANTRO AND TOMATO PASTE – Shredded zucchini, sautéed sweet onion, chopped cilantro and tomato paste are all essential to the dynamite flavour, as well as garlic and ginger – trust me!
BREADCRUMBS AND EGG – These two ingredients act as binding agents and ensure that the burgers stay together on the grill.
NAAN BREAD – I went crazy when I saw individual naan breads available at my local supermarket. Warm them, before using, to replace a traditional hamburger bun.
RAITA – Raita is a refreshing chilled sauce made from yogurt, shredded cucumber, mint and cilantro. Head HERE to check out our easy-to-follow, one-minute video on how to prepare this on-point replacement for ketchup, mustard and relish.
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