The Infinity Burger – Chinese 5 Spice Chicken Burger with Caramelised Pineapples and Home made Chilli Mayo






Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!!

How are you all doing today? This the weekend and I have so much lined up to do. Starting with cleaning the fridge! lol. But before I get to the “Work” we have scheduled a little fun time with the baby boy too. I had decided to sleep in today but as usual, my son wakes up early only on the weekend! I think babies have a way of sensing when it is the weekend and how to make sure our day circles around their needs and desires. So Cute.

Have you tried the Chinese 5 spices mix?? Its insane!!! Its just everything I love about spices. Its got heat, aroma, sweetness! its got everything. Its like the Chinese Garam Masala πŸ˜› I love this spice mix and its so so easy to make. The ingredients are always readily available in any Indian Kitchen and its super easy to make. Dry roasting the spices first makes sure to bring out the maximum flavour from them. You could always buy the spice mix at any local market but why would you when it is soo easy to make at home and tastes 100 times better! The 5 spices are – cinnamon, clove, star anise, fennel seeds and pepper corns. Make sure to dry roast them till you get this wonderful aroma of the spices (take care not to burn them). Also when you powder them make sure your blender is absolutely dry!! I mean no moisture at all. This way they spices can be stored in an air tight container and used for later too.

This burger is absolutely the best thing to have on a Friday night with a glass of any alcohol you like. It pairs really well with Vodka (:p). Like most burgers I haven’t used cheese or any type of sauce in the burger but I did make a creamy chilli mayo to go along with the burger. I do not like sloppy burgers so I did not add the mayo to the burger but we dipped the potato wedges into the mayo and had it along with the burgers. Oh it was heaven!!! Β I have used chicken breasts and marinated them overnight, but evenΒ 3 hours should also work. To make the best burgers you have to use the freshest ingredients (be itΒ the meat, the bread and the veggies). So make sure you take a trip to your local market and get fresh produce for the burger. I make sure I don’t store meat, I find it tastes different and it absorbs less of the marinade if it’s old meat( by old i mean – left in the freezer for a few days).

PS: – My husband named it the Infinity Burger. Lol.

Ingredients for the 5 spice powder –Β 

  1. Cinnamon Β – 3 large sticks Β  or 1 tbsp cinnamon powder
  2. Cloves – 1 tbsp
  3. Star Anise – 5 large
  4. Fenne Seeds – 1 tbsp
  5. Pepper Corns Β – 1 tbsp

Instructions :-

  1. Heat a large heavy bottom pan
  2. When the pan is hot add all the spices and dry fry till they start to emit a wonderful aroma
  3. Make sure to stir constantly and fry on low flame
  4. Now transfer the spices into a grinder and grind to fine dust
  5. Store in a dry air tight container

Ingredients for the Chicken :-

  1. Chinese 5 spice powder – 2 tbsp
  2. Chicken Breast – 6 ( large)
  3. Soya Sauce – 3 tbsp
  4. Apple Cider Vinegar – 3 tbsp
  5. Ginger – 1 tbsp
  6. Garlic – 1 tbsp
  7. Chilli Powder – 1 tsp ( or according to taste)
  8. Brown Sugar – 1 tbsp
  9. Oil – 2 tbsp
  10. Lime Juice – juice of one lime
  11. Oil – 3 – tbsp – Β for frying the chicken
  12. Pineapple Slices – 12

Instructions :-

  1. Firstly using a mortar and pestle grind the ginger and garlic to from a nice paste
  2. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients for the marinade (expect the chicken pieces)
  3. It should form a nice thick paste. Add 1 tbsp of water if required to bring it to a nice thick saucy consistency
  4. Then add the chicken breast and coat the breast properly with the marinade
  5. Cover and set in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight
  6. When you are ready to fry the chicken, heat oil in a frying pan
  7. Then add the chicken pieces two at a time. Cook with the cover on for the first 10 mins on medium flame
  8. Then take off the cover and crank up the heat – this will give you that charred dark brown caramelisation on the chicken
  9. Set aside on kitchen paper to soak up any excess oil
  10. In the same pan when the pan is hot, add the pineapple slices and fry on high. This gives the pineapple a nice caramelised exterior and it gets coated with the spices left in the pan ( Yuuummmmm!!!)

To Assemble the burger –Β 

Ingredients :-

  1. Burger Bread Β – 3
  2. Lettuce leaves – 12
  3. Red Onions Slices – 2 large onions sliced
  4. Pineapple slices – 2 for each burger (more if you like)
  5. Chilli Mayo – as required

Instructions :-

  1. Cut the burger bun into two halves
  2. Then place lettuce on the bottom half
  3. Then add 3 onions slices
  4. Then add two of the fried chicken breasts
  5. Add another layer of lettuce
  6. Then the caramelised pineapple
  7. And finally the top half of the burger bun
  8. Serve right away with a side of chilli mayo and some potatoes wedge!!





Tofu Tikka Tacos – For Taco Tuesdays

Hello my wonderful readers!!

How art thou! Don’t we all love tacos? Mexican food is my favourite, maybe only second to Malayali food, but then again I love all kinds of food. We do not do tacos often cause I like to make my own taco shells and some times it needs a little more time than I have. The crisp hard kinds are a little more work so I like the soft tortillas. Also they are a little more filling :p

Tofu is my favourite alternative to meat. For the longest time I was hooked onto Paneer and I still like it once in a while but not with all the cream and butter and ghee. It just makes you feel like the white cartoon from the Michelin tyre logo. Oh, but that doesn’t mean I do not make it at all!! We do have a few recipes in the family and I will share them as we go along. Β So this is what we had on Tuesday – Taco Tuesday! ha! Tacos are not really considered healthy but with less oil, no cheese and no meat I think this one qualifies as healthy right? What do you say?

Ingredients for the TortillasΒ 

  1. Plain Flour – 1 cup
  2. Water – 1 cup
  3. Oil – 3 tbsp
  4. Baking Powder – 1 pinch
  5. Salt – 1/4th tsp

Instructions :-

  1. I used the stand mixer with the dough hook but you can do it with in a bowl and knead it with you hand too
  2. Combine all the ingredients except the water and mix roughly
  3. Then pour little water at a time and knead to form a nice sticky dough. The dough should hold together as a ball but should be sticky too. KneadΒ for a good 5 mins ( mixer on medium for 3 – 4 mins)
  4. Then cover the bowl and set aside to rest ( 1 hour)
  5. When you are ready to make your tortillas, divide the dough evenly and roll them out to small circles
  6. Heat a pan and place the rolled out dough over it. Fry one side for 1 -2 mins and then flip it over to cook the other side

Β Tofu Tikka Masala

Ingredients :-

  1. Tofu – 1 pack ( I use silken extra firm)
  2. Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  3. Cumin Powder –Β 1/4 tsp
  4. Cinnamon Powder – a pinch
  5. Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
  6. Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp
  7. Lime Juice – juice of 3 lime
  8. Curd – 1 cup
  9. Salt – 1 tsp
  10. Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tsp
  11. Pepper Powder – 1 tsp
  12. Corn flour – 1 tsp

Instructions :-

  1. Cut open the tofu pack and drain out the water. Slowly remove the tofu and drain water completely. Now lay out a square cotton cloth on your kitchen counter and place the tofu brick in the centre
  2. Then fold the sides of the square to cover the tofu completely. Set a heavy plate over the covered tofu. This will help drain the tofu and also make it a little more firm. Leave the Tofu to rest for an hour
  3. Now in a separate bowl combine all the ingredients above. Mix well to form a nice thick paste
  4. Once the tofu is ready, cut into small cubes and gently add to the bowl with the spice marinade mix
  5. Make sure to coat all the tofu pieces evenly . Set aside to marinate for an hour ( I left it in the fridge for 3 hours)
  6. When they are ready, heat a pan and add 1 tsp of oil and fry them till golden brown on all sides. Divide the tofu into Β two batches so you do not over crowd the pan
  7. Once the tofu is brown on all sides set Β to rest on kitchen paper towels ( helps drains the excess oil)

Red Cabbage and Carrot Slaw

Ingredients :-

  1. Olive Oil – 1/2 cup
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar – 4 – 5 tbsp
  3. Salt – 1/2 tsp
  4. Pepper – 1 tsp
  5. Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
  6. Coconut Sugar – 1 tbsp

Instructions :-

  1. In a small bottle with a tight lid combine all the ingredients Β except the cabbage, carrot and cilantro leaves
  2. Close the cap tightly and shake well for one min!
  3. In another bowl add the shredded cabbage, sliced carrot and chopped cilantro leaves
  4. Then pour the contents of the bottle ( vinaigrette) over the cabbage mix
  5. Give it a nice mix with a fork and it is ready!

To Assemble the Taco!

  1. First place the tortillas over a fat surface
  2. Then add the cabbage and carrot slaw
  3. Add the fried Tofu Tikkas and drizzle with some vegan mayo