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One swish across the M named fast-food joint is enough for my 3 year old to go on a frenzy. No wonder, its children favorite restaurant which is adorned with the most appealing colors from the food world- red and yellow. As if that wasn’t enough, the surprise toy nestled inside another colorful box makes them swoon. Who cares about the food, it’s the ambience (which we adults even have a soft corner for those shiny and glittery ones) that fascinates them.
“Oh no baby, you have too many toys and I’m out of space to store them. Remember you get a weekly toy from the toy rental service that mumma got for you, it’s very nice, let’s stick to that”, I ascertained. “No mumma, I want to eat the burger”. I was dumb-stuck, when in his life-historyof 3 years of tiny existence, has he ever eaten a full burger which eventually goes into my mouth leaving me with with a plasticky after-taste for the entire day.
I would usually give in to his plea for any kind of food, since I believe we all have a birthright to eat. But this time my plans were different because I had seen this recipe video owing out of my insomnia shenanigans. This DIY burger had veggies, some more veggies, some good things and the wonderful oats. Never ever a burger sounded so promising and nutritious. I would rather prefer a roadside aloo-tikki than a burger made out of frozen patty and loaded with MSG to keep it intact.
I took him home, sweet-talking the entire distance and started preparing my awesome power packed Burger the recipe to which is as follows:
Quaker Oats Patty Burger
Ingredients: For Patty (Tikki)
1 ½ cup Quaker Oats
4 potatoes boiled and grated
1 onion finely chopped
1 carrot grated
10-12 French beans chopped
1 capsicum chopped
Pinch of salt
½ tsp oregano
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp red chili flakes
½ cup skimmed milk
5-6 tbsp. thick yoghurt to which salt, pepper, red chili flakes have been added
Fresh small whole wheat burger buns
A few lettuce leaves
A few tomato slices
For patty- cook onions till golden brown. Add oats, cook slightly, add carrots, capsicum and beans and cook some more. Add salt, pepper, oregano and chili flakes, cook some more. Now add boiled potatoes and cook for 5 more minutes. Let the mixture cool and make medium sized tikkis out of the mixture.
Dip the patties in milk and coat them with oats spread out in a dish. Refrigerate the patties for about 10 mins. Now, cool them till golden brownor crisp. Spread thick yoghurt on the bun, place lettuce leaves, sliced onions, capsicum, patty and tomatoes on the slightly heated buns, secure with a cute toothpick and voila you have an amazingly nutritious burger ready at the snap of your fingertips!
The snack won’t only fill your child up but offer him these many vitamins and minerals too:
Carrot- Vit A, Potatoes-essential carbs, Onions- Vit C, French Beans- Vit A, fibre, Capscicum-Vit C, Yoghurt-probiotics and Oats- 1 cup has sodium, potassium and almost all the vitamins along with 158 calories.
So the next time you get a tantrum for the totally avoidable burger, you know where to head- your kitchen!