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RECIPE FOR HEALTH: Indian Street “Burger”

by Sandy Todd Webster on Aug 28, 2015

Food for Thought

Perhaps nothing celebrates meat better than a traditional burger, but it’s quickly becoming apparent that vegetables can stand up on a bun next to this American standard just as well. Several chefs put their plant-forward burger creations to the test at the Menus of Change® 3rd Annual Leadership Summit in Hyde Park, New York, in June.

One of the standouts in this “Burger Bash” was Chef Jehangir Mehta’s Indian Street Burger. Mehta, the second-place finisher on Next Iron Chef in 2009 and owner of three New York City restaurants (Graffiti, Me & You, and Mehtaphor) combines Indian spices, aromatics and a mix of vegetables in this cravable Sloppy Joe.

  • 1⁄3 C grapeseed oil
  • 1 T ginger paste
  • 1 T garlic paste
  • 1 lb onions, diced medium
  • 2 Thai green chiles, chopped
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 1 T coriander seeds, crushed
  • 1 T cumin seeds, crushed salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 lb tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • Source: Published with permission from Chef Jehangir Mehta.

  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 1 C cooked corn
  • 1 C cooked chickpeas
  • 1 C steamed potato, diced small
  • 1 C cooked peas
  • 1⁄2 C tamarind date paste
  • 2 lb tomatoes, seeded and diced

For assembly

sliced Vidalia onion

sliced tomato

Boston lettuce leaves

whole-grain bun

Recipe Key:
C = cup
T = tablespoon
t = teaspoon
lb = pound

In pot add oil, sauté ginger and garlic pastes, then add onions, continuing to sauté. Add chiles and spices, and sauté for approximately 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and tomato paste and cook on very low flame until they completely break down. Add vegetables and tamarind, and cook for another 15 minutes. Switch off.

Assemble burgers on whole-grain bun with Vidalia onion slices, fresh tomato slices and Boston lettuce.

Source: Published with permission from Chef Jehangir Mehta.

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About the Author

Sandy Todd Webster

Sandy Todd Webster IDEA Author/Presenter

Sandy Todd Webster is Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL and IDEA FOOD & NUTRITION TIPS, the industry's leading resources for fitness, wellness and nutrition professionals worldwide. Sandy joined IDEA in 2001 as executive editor of IDEA PERSONAL TRAINER and IDEA FITNESS MANAGER magazines and was promoted to lead the editorial team in 2003. More than 20 years in magazine publishing, marketing communications and creative services have shaped her straightforward approach to multi-channel communication. Early experience in Los Angeles as a sports writer/reporter, and then enriching years as a managing editor in allied health care publishing have pulled her across a spectrum of stimulating subject matter. Fitness, health and nutrition reside at the perfect center of this content continuum, she feels. A Chicago native, Sandy grew up fully engaged in various competitive sports. Her drive and dedication as an athlete translate to a disciplined work ethic and unwavering approach to challenge in her career. Shortly after graduating journalism school from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, she was recruited to L.A. for her first post in magazine publishing. After two decades of working on magazines--and now in the throes of applying the unbelieveable multi-media content delivery options available in the magazine 2.0 world--she is still "completely in love" with the creative process it takes to deliver meaningful, inspirational content to end users. She is an accomplished home cook and gardner who would love to combine those skills and passions with her health and fitness background to continue educating readers about a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.