How’s Ramadan going for all of you? This time, I have consciously taken the effort to post less on the blog. Doesn’t mean I will keep it empty, you will still see posts rolling on, but I clearly don’t want to be in a rat race to be posting what is called as “Ramadan specials”. I am not a person who advocates thoughtless eating during this month, whether it is now when I am taking care of myself, or before when I was negligent of myself. I never liked the concept of eating fried food and heavy meals during this month.
When the gyst of the month is to practice restraint and patience, how can we go overboard with our food especially? Somehow that thought defeats my logic. I know many may disagree, but when we think deep, we will understand it. After all, hasn’t our beloved Prophet (PBUH) said: “The son of Adam cannot fill a vessel worse than his stomach, as it is enough for him to take a few bites to straighten his back. If he cannot do it, then he may fill it with a third of his food, a third of his drink, and a third of his breath.” (At-Tirmidhi) I think let’s ponder over it and do our part on it with regards to our own body…
With the onus more on eating home made food, the first thing I stopped buying at home are burgers. My girls are super pissed off with me for this, as it is one of their favorite food. After all, kids today love their junk, don’t they? Somehow, hearing what all goes into the making of a frozen burger stuck into my head and I can’t buy it at all now. That doesn’t mean that the girls don’t get their share when we are out, but that is kept to the bare minimal because HD isn’t too keen on it too. He had a cafeteria and they would deep fry the burger straight out of the freezer, and all he would say is, “How unhealthy is that!”
Definitely, the best burgers are made at home – the freshest mince, minimal spices and what you have is a delicious meal ready in minutes. You can even make the patties and freeze them till use. That’s why you see my patties are bright but my final clicks are night pics. 😀 Somehow I feel beef gives the juiciest burgers, especially the Brazilian ones. All you need is very little spices so that the flavor of the meat shines. What you put into your bun is all your choice. I serve it with a slice of cheese and some lettuce, since the girls loathe raw onions and can’t stand even a strand of tomato in their sandwiches. Served with a side of air fried fries and you have a perfect yet healthy “treat” (a better word to use than cheat! 😉 ) meal! You can very well skip the bun and have it with a salad to make it a healthy meal too. Totally delicious… off to the recipe…
- 400 gm beef mince
- 2 tbsp minced parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp garlic flakes
- 1 tsp mustard paste
- 1 large egg
- Oil/butter for frying
- Combine all ingredients together and mix well.
- Shape into 4 large patties or 6-8 smaller patties.
- On a grill pan, melt butter or heat oil. Drop in slowly and cook on low flame, flipping sides carefully for 10-15 minutes till done.
You can prepare the patties in advance, cover them in cling film and freeze them till use. Just thaw them for half an hour before adding into the hot pan.