Capsicum and paneer burger is a lip-smacking burger recipe with bell peppers and indian cottage cheese. A fusion recipe, with a spicy masala made of bell peppers, paired with toasted paneer/indian cottage cheese.Jump to Recipe
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When I planned this, I was thinking to do another tikki type burger, but a sudden thought, why it should always be a patty, yeah I know a burgers have a fat patty and cheese, why not an Indianized burger with curry and cheese. That is how, I made this capsicum masala & paneer burger
If you are looking for a burger with a hearty patty, check this Desi burgers with rice-flakes patty If you are looking for a McDonalds style veggie burger with McAloo patty, try this Aloo tikki or Aloo bonda and assemble it with rest of the ingredients listed below. The lentil tikki burger for someone looking for a patty without any potatoes.
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If you feel burgers are not Indian food, think again. This Kutchi dabeli, a famous Gujarati delicacy from tomato blues, stuffed with spicy potato mash drizzled with chutneys is totally Indian. Vada pav, a famous mumbai street food from Cooking with a sapana, is again another slider with fried potato vada and dried chutney. This Mini vada pav from Mayuri’s jikoni is perfect for parties. These Vegan Kheema pav from cook’s hideout, a veganized famous Mumbai street food is another example that burgers are not foreign to our palate.
If you want a burger without bread check this unique double cheese idly burger.
What’s in the burger?
The curry is bell pepper masala, which is finger-licking good, kids would lick it as such. To this i added some volume with pan-roasted paneer, sprinkled with chat masala and fresh, succulent baby spinach leaves.
This capsicum and paneer burger is one filling meal, ticking off all the boxes, carbs, protein, colors and taste too. For the sauce, i have used the Cream cheese sauce, i made for sweet potato burger. Everything together added a great flavor.
Step by Step Instructions to make Paneer Burger
Please check recipe card below for exact measurements of each ingredient used and also for the detailed instructions
- The burger is fairly simple to assemble once you are ready with the capsicum masala.
- Prep the veggies for the masala. Heat a pan with oil, crackle cumin sauté onions and tomatoes until mushy.
- Dump the chopped capsicums, add all the dry masalas. Let it cook for 6-8 minutes. Remove and keep it aside.
- Cut the paneer into thick slices, toast on a hot pan with oil on both sides until brown and crisp. Remove and keep aside. Blend the ingredients for the cheese sauce and keep aside.
- To assemble the burger, cut open the burger spread generous amount of cheese sauce, spoon some capsicum masala, top it with baby spinach leaves , toasted paneer, a generous squeeze of tomato ketchup, close and serve immediately.
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Capsicum and paneer burger
For the Capsicum masala
- ½ each colored capsicums red, green, yellow and orange
- 1 no medium sized onion
- 1 no large tomato
- 1 no green chili
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds/jeera
- ½ teaspoon red chili powder
- ½ teaspoon coriander powder
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
- salt to taste
- 100 grams paneer, cut into thick slabs indian cottage cheese
- ½ cup baby spinach
- ½ cup cream cheese sauce
- Burger buns as required i used store-bought
- little salt and chat masala to sprinkle on the paneer
For the cream cheese sauce
- 5 tablespoon cream cheese
- 4 nos green chilies
- 2 tablespoon chopped coriander and mint leaves
- Wash the peppers and cut them into thin slices. Chop the onion and tomatoes fine.
- Heat a wide pan, add a tablespoon of oil, once hot, add ½ teaspoon cumin. Once the cumin crackles, add chopped onion and green chili and saute until onions turn translucent.
- Next add chopped tomatoes, red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt. Add ¼ cup of water and let it cook, until tomatoes turn mushy.
- To this add sliced bell peppers and saute. Let this cook for 6-8 minutes, until the peppers absorb the masala. Add garam masala powder and mix well. Remove it from stove. Let it cool, until used in the burger.
Toast the paneer
- I used store-bought paneer block. I cut them into thick slabs, got around 7 thick squares of about 1 or 1.5 inches
- In a wide pan, add 2-3 tablespoon of oil, when it is hot, reduce the flame and place the paneer slabs 2 or 3 at a time. Cook until the bottom browns, takes about 2 minutes in medium flame, flip and cook the other side for another 2 minutes.
- Remove from the pan, and keep it on a kitchen towel, to remove the excess oil. Sprinkle little salt and chat masala over it for little extra zing.
- Cream cheese sauce
- Take all the ingredients in a food processor, blend until smooth. Remove it to a serving bowl, refrigerate until use.
Assembling the burgers
- Cut open the burger buns, apply a generous tablespoon of cream cheese sauce, place 2-3 tablespoon of bell pepper masala on it.
- I have used store-bought burger buns, if you want to try home made burger buns, check out the recipe here
- Add a bunch of baby spinach leaves on top, top it with 2 or 3 slabs of paneer, squeeze a blob of fiery tomato sauce, close it with the top slice. Enjoy!!!
Enjoy this hearty and delicious paneer burger for a weekend brunch. Just spread the keep things ready and enjoy assembling the burger with your family and enjoy a relaxed meal.