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Mini Tofu Street Burger

There has been a lot of hype about fast foods being unhealthy and wondered if there are health-friendly alternatives in the genre. That is where Dietician Sheela Seharawat came in. She was so kind as to share with us this recipe of Mini Tofu Street Burger.

Mini Tofu Street Burger

By Sheela Seharawat

We have a false notion that burgers cannot be healthy and that too the desi street burgers. In this unique street burger, the patty is made with tofu, chickpeas and roasted nuts and not to forget, whatever seasonal vegetables are available. And the catch – slathered with tamarind mint relish.


Firm tofu, crumbled                                                                500 gms

Roasted nut crumbs (Almond or Peanuts)                              200 gms

Chickpeas (cooked)                                                                150 gms

Soya sauce                                                                              2 tsp

Cooking oil                                                                             4 tsp

Garlic cloves, finely chopped                                                 2

Cumin seeds                                                                            1 tsp

Onions medium, chopped                                                       2

Carrots, medium-sized, chopped                                            2

Celery, chopped                                                                      ½ stalk

Nutmeg                                                                                   1

Tamarind paste                                                                       1/3 cup

Mint paste                                                                               1 cup

Salt                                                                                          to taste

Pepper, crushed                                                                      to taste

For the garlicky tamarind mint relish


Lemon juice


  • Sauté the chopped garlic and cumin in cooking oil.
  • Add the carrots, celery, onion and sauté for another few minutes.
  • Grate the nutmeg over the vegetable mixture.
  • In a bowl, add tofu, chickpeas, soy sauce, roasted nuts, 1 tablespoon of tamarind paste, salt, pepper, bread crumbs and mix well by hand.
  • To the tofu mix, add the sautéed vegetables and start folding.
  • Mold the mixture into small burger size patties and fry in the pan with some oil for two to three minutes or till it turns golden brown on both sides.
  • Slit into half and toast the buns. Use mini buns.
For the garlic tamarind mint relish
  • Put the mint paste and tamarind paste into a bowl and add chopped garlic, lemon juice and water. Add 1/2 tsp of salt and mix well until smooth.
To Serve

Slather the tamarind mint relish paste on buns. Add lettuce leaves, sandwich the patty in between. Serve with fries or desi style chips.

Mini Tofu Street Burger by Sheela Seharawat
Mini Tofu Street Burger by Sheela Seharawat

About Yashaswini K

Controversy is the second name of Yashaswini. She goes where something is amiss and picks up the threads to make a clear story out of it. She has also written 2 books in the Radha Srinivasan Mystery Series.

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