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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Saving Money On Party Snacks - Savoury Grated Zuchinni Potato Mozarella Veggie Comfort Burgers

Mozzarella di Bufala - 200 GramI was watching Chef Emeril yesterday, pancake day, and he made fascinating looking Goat Cheese-Stuffed Zuchinni Pancakes. But while I don't mind goat cheese once in a while, I prefer the heavenly gooey chewiness of melted bocconcinni mozarella. So here's a more savoury, high-protein variation on Emeril's recipe using chickpea flour mixed with white flour, and both zuchinni and potato. Apologies for the inexact measurements. I also skipped the baking soda in Emeril's recipe, but if you want an airier texture, put 1 teaspoon.


  • 1/2 cup grated zuchinni, after wrapping in kitchen towel/ cheesecloth and squeezing out the water.
  • 1/2 cup grated potato. You can leave the skin on if you like, but it's probably better to remove it. To reduce cooking time, you can also add roughly-mashed cooled boiled potatoes (i.e., just potato, no cream, milk, etc.).
  • 3 canned shiitake (or other) mushrooms, finely minced.
  • 1/2 small onion, grated.
  • 1 tbsp Mom's secret garlic ginger paste.
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Sprinkle of crushed red pepper flake [optional].
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour for protein. It's known as "besan" in East/West Indian and Pakistani stores, and gram flour in Italian and regular grocery stores. You can grind your own from dried chickpeas if you can't find the flour.
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3-4 small (bocconcini) mozarella balls, sliced thinly but without falling apart. These are popular enough these days that any good cheese shop, Italian market, or even the deli counter at a large supermarket will have them. You can substitute bufffalo mozzarella, but it's more expensive. If you can't get either, regular grated or sliced mozarella will work as well.
  • In one bowl, combine all of the above ingredients down to the red pepper flake.
  • In another bowl, combine the flours then the egg. You want a fairly pasty consistency, so you may need to add a bit more water.
  • Now combine all of the ingredients together. With a large spoon, scoop up some mixture and see whether it'll fall off the spoon. If not, add 1-2 tbsp of water and mix.
  • Heat a skillet or non-stick frying pan on medium high with the olive oil and butter.
  • When the butter has melted, turn the heat down to medium high.
  • Cook in batches: Ladle a heaping tablespoonful of mixture into the hot oil, and dab it down to flatten into a disc. Place a slice of bocconcinni cheese in the center of the disc. Now ladle another spoonful of mixture on top to cover the cheese. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then flip over. Cook 2nd side for about 2 minutes. (Chickpea flour needs to be thoroughly cooked.) Repeat for each burger.

You can serve these pancake/burgrs like Emeril did, on a chunky tomato sauce or salsa, or with a dollop of sour cream, or with a slice of tomato on a burger bun.

(c) Copyright 2005-present, Raj Kumar Dash,

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