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Trader Joe’s Vegetable Masala Burger Chaat

Recipe/written by: Payal


Aloo (potato) chaats are one of the most popular Indian street foods and I practically grew up devouring chaats. From aloo chaat, bhel puri chaat, ragda patties, samosa chaat- honestly, the varieties for chaats are endless!


My husband and I were hosting a few friends and I had my mind set on making aloo tikki chaats! I got my mom’s BOMB recipe and set off to get all the ingredients. It’s no surprise that every grocery store visit starts with Trader Joe’s, strolling down the aisles I came across their Masala Burgers. This is a staple in our freezer and we use it for a quick burger patty. Looking down at the box I had an “Ah-Ha,” moment- why not use these burger patties in replacement of the aloo tikaa?! This will spare me from boiling, peeling and frying the potatoes and save me so much time! And thus an amazing recipe was born! This recipe is the EASIEST hack for getting your aloo chaat craving without all the hassle ;)


Trader Joe’s Vegetable Masala Burger Chaat

Ingredients and Instructions:

Prep time: 15 minutes || Cook time: 5-10 Minutes || Total time: 25 minutes || Yield to 4 patties

1. Trader Joe’s Masala Burger

2. Easy Yogurt Chutney:

  • 1 cup yogurt (full fat is best but I like to use fat free)

  • 2 tablespoon of water

  • 1 tsp oil

  • ¼ tsp asafoetida (hing)

  • 1 tsp cumin (I like more cumin, you can adjust to your preference)

  • ⅕ tsp of red chili powder (add more/less to your spice level)

  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. Whisk yogurt and water

  2. For the tempering, heat the oil in a small pan and add cumin. Asafoetida and redi chili powder and saute for a minute on low flame

  3. Pour the tempering over the chutney, mix well and add salt + pepper

*you can skip tempering and just whisk all the ingredients (do not add asafoetida or oil)*

3. Cilantro Chutney:

  • 2.5 cups of cilantro (wash and chopped)

  • 4-5 cloves of garlic (adjust to your preference of garlic)

  • 6 green chilis (add more for more spice or add less if you do not want it spicy)

  • 1 tsp of cumin seeds

  • 2 tsp of lime juice

  • Pinch of sugar and salt (to your preference)

Mix all of this in a blender (DO NOT ADD ANY WATER, I made this mistake once and my chutney was bitter and watery)

4. Tamarind Chutney

I have never made it, I usually buy a cup of the chutney from a local Indian restaurant.

You can find it at local Indian restaurants or stores as well as google recipes

5. Masala ChickPeas

  • 15.5 oz can garbanzo beans (washed and drained)

  • ¼ asafoetida (hing)

  • 1 tsp of oil

  • 1 tsp of red chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder

  • Salt to preference

  • Optional slight squeeze of lime juice

Instructions:

  1. Heat pan on medium and add asafoetida

  2. Add garbanzo beans and red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt, lime

  3. Sauté for 3-4 minutes

5.Additional garnishes (my favorite part):

  • hot sev (Surti is my favorite brand)

  • finely diced red onions

  • cilantro

  • pomegranate

  • chaat masala

Assembling

  1. Following the recommended cooking instructions on the box, cook Trader Joe’s Masala Burgers

  2. Once burgers are cooked, top with the yogurt, cilantro, and tamarind chutneys and the masala chickpeas.

  3. Garnish with Hot sev, onions, pomegranate, cilantro and do not forget to sprinkle Chaat Masala (umami)

  4. Serve immediately and enjoy :)


Voila! Easy, Simple, Effortless and satisfying your desi aloo tikka chaat cravings! Thankful for Trader Joes and this masala flavored burgers! Seriously, these get the job done for chaat as it is packed with right amount of Indian flavors and made from potatoes! The best way to describe it is when a pakora meets a burger patty! Whatcha waiting for? Head over to TJ’s and grab a box of the masala burger and make this recipe ASAP, you won't regret it, I promise. :)

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