Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Weeknight Dinner: Chapli Kabab (Pakistani Burgers)

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This is my exotic places burger!  I was on the lookout for Middle Eastern Kabobs a few weeks ago thinking John and I would really enjoy them (and since John loves LOVES kabobs).  So I found a great blog, but their last post was not kabobs but a burger!  A burger straight from Pakistan/Afghanistan.  They sounded delicious and different and I couldn’t wait to try them.

Burgers just say “summer” to me.  It invokes all those childhood memories between Memorial Day and Labor Day, where we would wait for Dad to get home so he could grill up dinner.  Even if we ate an hour later those days, it didn’t matter because it was still light out.  We would go into the backyard and play, and play, and play.  And eat Mom’s homemade ice pops.  Delicious. 

However, these burgers my family never would have even thought to make on those summer nights!  But, they have a unique taste that I really enjoyed.  The website I took them from has a number of really interesting recipes that I hope I will get to try over the next few months.  They refer to these as Afghan burgers, but others have called them Pakistani.  Regardless, I’ve been on a cross-cultural cuisine trip the past few weeks and I hope you guys are enjoying it!
Chapli Kabab (adapted from here)
Serves:  4
1 pound ground beef
3/4 cup scallion, roughly chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
1/2 tablespoon coriander, ground
1/2 tablespoon garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
4 pitas, or hamburger buns
4 tablespoons yogurt

Mix everything together.  Form into 4 patties.  Preheat the grill to medium-high heat and cook the burgers about 6 minutes on each side, until cooked through.  Place in between a pita, or hamburger bun with a tablespoon of yogurt.  Serve immediately.

An American classic with a huge twist.  No one has to tell me the irony of making a Pakistani burger (people who arrest CIA informants and harbor terrorists).  But, this isn't a political blog, it's a COOKING blog, and I hope that you try these at home.  They were delicious, and so extremely different!  It's always good to try some new things!

Until the next time my oven is on...

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