Ultimate Paneer Tikka Masala Burger Recipe: A Fusion Delight

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Written By Haryana’s Restaurant

Authentic Indian Food – Classic Indian Cuisine in Terrace BC

Imagine biting into a burger that’s not just any burger but a delightful fusion of Indian and Western flavors. Meet the Paneer Tikka Masala Burger, a culinary creation that packs a punch with its rich, spicy paneer tikka masala nestled between soft, toasted buns. This dish is a perfect example of how two distinct cuisines can come together to create something incredibly tasty and unique.

Ingredients

Get ready to combine the rich flavors of India with the classic Western burger. Here’s what you’ll need to create your own Paneer Tikka Masala Burger.

Paneer Tikka Marinade

  • 14 oz Paneer, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup Thick Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 1 Bell Pepper, cut into squares
  • 1 Large Onion, cut into squares

Burger Buns and Toppings

  • 4 Large Burger Buns, split and toasted
  • 4 tbsp Butter, for toasting buns
  • Fresh Lettuce Leaves
  • Sliced Tomatoes
  • Sliced Onions
  • 4 Cheese Slices (optional)

The Other Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Large Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 inch Ginger, minced
  • 2 Large Tomatoes, pureed
  • 2 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 cup Cream
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh Cilantro, chopped, for garnish

Required Tools and Equipment

To craft your Paneer Tikka Masala Burger seamlessly, it’s essential to gather the right tools and equipment beforehand. Here’s a list to ensure you have everything ready:

  1. Grill or Heavy Skillet: A grill is preferred to give paneer that authentic charred flavor, but a heavy skillet works well if grilling isn’t an option.
  2. Mixing Bowls: You’ll need several mixing bowls of varying sizes to prepare the marinade and to mix the masala sauce.
  3. Measuring Cups and Spoons: Accurate measurements are key in cooking, so make sure you have a full set.
  4. Blender or Food Processor: This is necessary for blending the tomatoes and onions to a fine consistency for your tikka masala sauce.
  5. Kitchen Knife and Chopping Board: A sharp knife will help you finely chop the vegetables, and a sturdy chopping board will make your prep work easier.
  6. Spatula or Tongs: These will be necessary to flip the paneer pieces safely on the grill or skillet.
  7. Basting Brush: This will be handy to apply marinade evenly on your paneer.
  8. Aluminum Foil or Wax Paper: Useful for keeping the burger buns warm and handling the cooked paneer.

Setting up these tools and equipment before you start cooking will streamline your cooking process and help maintain a smooth workflow throughout the preparing of your Paneer Tikka Masala Burger.

Prep

Now that you have all your essential tools and equipment ready, let’s prepare the paneer and toppings for your Paneer Tikka Masala Burger.

Marinating the Paneer

  1. Cut 200 grams of paneer into 1/2-inch thick slices or cubes, whichever you prefer for your burger.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine 1/4 cup thick yogurt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon each of garam masala, turmeric, cumin, and coriander powder.
  3. Add 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder and salt to taste. Whisk these together until smooth.
  4. Gently fold the paneer slices into the marinade, ensuring each piece is well-coated.
  5. Cover and refrigerate the marinated paneer for at least 30 minutes. For best flavor, let it marinate overnight.

Preparing the Toppings

  1. Thinly slice one large onion and one tomato. Keep these aside.
  2. Pick and wash a few leaves of lettuce. Pat them dry with a kitchen towel.
  3. If you like a bit of heat, finely slice a green chili or two.
  4. You can also prepare a quick slaw by mixing shredded cabbage and carrots with a dash of vinegar, salt, and pepper to add to your burger. This adds a delightful crunch.
  5. Keep these toppings ready. You’ll use them to assemble your burger once the paneer is grilled.

Cook

Now that you have prepped all your ingredients, it’s time to bring the Paneer Tikka Masala Burger to life by cooking the components properly.

Grilling the Paneer

  1. Heat your grill or skillet over medium heat. If you’re using a grill, lightly oil the grates to prevent the paneer from sticking.
  2. Place the marinated paneer slices onto the hot grill or skillet. Grill them for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and have visible grill marks. The paneer should be firm on the outside but still soft inside.
  3. Once grilled, remove the paneer slices from the heat and set them aside on a plate. Cover them with foil to keep warm while you prepare the masala sauce.

Cooking the Masala Sauce

  1. In the same skillet or a separate pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat.
  2. Add your previously prepared masala paste to the hot oil, stirring constantly to prevent it from sticking. Cook the masala for about 5 to 7 minutes, or until it turns a deep red color and oil starts to separate from the spices.
  3. Pour in the tomato puree and incorporate well with the fried masala paste. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add about 1/2 cup of water or as needed to adjust the consistency according to your preference. Remember that the sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
  5. Season the sauce with salt to taste and mix well. Once the masala sauce is rich and flavorful, remove from heat and keep it warm until you’re ready to assemble the burgers.

During this process, make sure each component is cooked to perfection to assemble your Paneer Tikka Masala Burgers with confidence.

Assemble

Now that you have your components perfectly cooked and ready, let’s move on to the exciting part—putting together your Paneer Tikka Masala Burger.

Preparing the Burger Buns

Before you start assembling, make sure the burger buns are perfectly prepped. First, slice each bun in half horizontally. Preheat a skillet or griddle on medium heat. Lightly butter the cut sides of the buns and place them on the skillet, cut-side down. Toast them gently for about 1 to 2 minutes or until they’re lightly browned and crisp. This not only adds a nice texture but also prevents the buns from getting soggy when you add the sauce and toppings.

Assembling the Burger

Begin the assembly by spreading a tablespoon of the tikka masala sauce on the bottom half of each toasted bun. Next, place a generous slice of the grilled paneer on top of the sauce. If you have additional sauce, feel free to pour some over the paneer for extra flavor.

After the paneer, add your prepared toppings: a few slices of red onion, a couple of tomato slices, and a crisp lettuce leaf. For an extra kick, you might want to add a few slices of pickled jalapeños or a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.

Conclusion

You’ve now got all the knowledge you need to whip up a delicious Paneer Tikka Masala Burger right in your own kitchen. Whether you’re looking to impress guests or just treat yourself to a unique and flavorful meal this burger is sure to be a hit. Remember it’s all about the balance of spices and the freshness of your ingredients that elevate this fusion dish to the next level. So fire up your grill and get ready to enjoy a mouth-watering blend of Indian and Western cuisines that’ll have everyone asking for seconds!

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