Monday, February 7, 2011

Mini Tuna Burgers

I am a party freak. I am there wherever there is one,  of course the invited ones. I love to eat good food, be it junk, be it greasy, chinese, Ethiyopian.... I can go on and on and on till my tummy bursts!
Along with the gossip clicks I would also eagerly wait to listen to the host crush the aluminum foil…..
she unwraps the food, the tempting aroma fills in the air and the steam immediately escapes the pan and illuminates the room with irresistible masala flavors…
I grab a plate, eat to my heart's content and go brag about it to my hubby,  then he would  leave his drink and go do the same! But, after the baby arrived, like every mom I too have to wait for my son to finish his slice of pizza.
I was wondering, Why do we always order pizza for kids?
Is it due to the popularity, easy transportability, affordability, problem free food? All I can guess is to not ruin the expensive anarkali salwar by spilling curry all over it. After all the shopping hazards we faced in India, we are back in the US and longing to show it off with tons of style and grace. We wouldn't risk it by feeding our kids on it.. Will we?

We had a party last weekend.. a small dinner for our friends. No pizzas for kids... but to keep  it attractive the menu included mini Tuna burgers along with plain rice and less spicy gravy curry for them. Surprisingly my son voted for burgers and ditched the rice.

The recipe is a mini version of tuna cutlet.

1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1 medium size Onion
3/4 cup Tuna ( boil tuna and thinly mince them or get the Canned Tuna (Tuna in water  or Tuna in olive oil)
1 tsp chilli powder or 1.5 tsp mild/medium hot sauce
1 cup cooked nd mashed up potatoes Or store-bought mashed potato pack.
  (If using the store-bought mashed potato pack, mix it with hot water and make a paste, keep 1 cup  ready) 
2 cups Breadcrumbs
1 egg beaten
salt to taste

To the hot oil in the pan, add mustard seeds and after they burst add cumin seeds. Add the ginger-garlic paste and onions..saute until they are soft.
Add 1 tsp chilli powder or 1.5 tsp mild/medium hot sauce and salt.
Drop in the Tuna and mix it well with the masala. Once Tuna is done, add on the mashed potatoes. Mix well everything together and turn off the heat after the mix turns dark brown.
Make small balls out of it after it cools. Dip them in the egg and roll it on the breadcrumbs.
Deep fry them in oil or bake them after you sprinkle some olive oil on all the tuna balls.
As I always say, keep in mind your baby's taste buds while adding spices.

I got those sandwich buns from Walmart, spread some yellow mustard, a lettuce leaf , tuna ball, a slice of tomato and a small cheese slice and served with ketchup.


  1. what a tempting and drooling cutlet....they look awesome!

  2. Delicious Burgers,look super yummy..will surely try this my kid will love this:)

  3. delicious little similar to cutlets we make they look fabulous

  4. very tempting pics..i am sure my 3 year old would love this

  5. I think you are lucky to get good food in parties, always I end up salad or pizza nobody care much about veggies. This mini burger looks delicious.

  6. your second click is tempting me. Your cutie pie seems to be relishing this delicious made cutlets.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. Rachu,

    Lovely write-up. Me too love parties because of all the good food. Cutlets look pretty. As usual I always wait to scroll down and have a glimpse of wonder boy nibbling on the food!


  8. Fried fish! of course the kid likes it especially when you made it so good!:)

    US Masala

  9. Wow... lovely recipe and equally lovely space..
    Thanks to Tahemeem, I ventured onto your lovely blog..

    Do drop by my blog, when time permits..

  10. First time to ur blog Rachu and found it amazing. Iam sure that ur son loved every bite of it. He looks very cute. just like my second one.

    Glad to have stopped by ur blog and follow you for some yummy bites. Do stop by mine.


  11. Tuna cutlets look yummy yum...very very tempting.

  12. The burgers look so nice. Awesome snaps..

  13. Looks tempting and yummy! Love your clicks too...

  14. i love this.such an easy thing to make...yummy!!
    nice pics..
    baby is so adorable..

  15. easy recipe........nd looks yummy tooooooo........pls visit my new here

  16. ugran burger rachu...sure kids would love this..bookmarked!

  17. Fabulous blog i ever seen for words to describe

  18. looks so yummy.

  19. I am a party lover too !!! Beautiful recipe and may I say you kiddo is a cutie pie :)

  20. Oh wow!!! Hubby Dear's favorite..
    Yummy looking burgers...

  21. Your little prince is so adorable.

  22. Nice burgers, love the clicks :) I would like to share an award with you @

  23. Lovely looking burgers Iam sure they tasted as good as they looked from the way your little one is enjoying it.


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