Koli-Masala Grilled Chicken Burger

Sometime last year, my friend Natasha told me about environment-engineer-cum-food blogger Anjali Koli’s blog Annaparabrahma. I was hooked on to her blog, for all the simple traditional recipes of the fishermen folk that she shared, some interesting new vegetarian recipes on her blog and wonderful stories about life in her native fishing village. There was another thing on her blog that caught my attention; the variety of hand-pounded Masalas (spice blends) that she had started selling through another website, an offshoot of the blog.

So I ordered a taster pack of five different spices (Malwani, Kanda Lehsun, Goda, Sambar masala and her signature Koli) to try out. While all the masalas were good; the traditional Koli Masala, or the spice blend used by the fishermen folk of coastal Maharashtra was truly stellar. The blend is so deceptively spicy; when you first take it in your mouth you may actually find it lacking in flavor, but then BAM! It hits the back of your throat with a very robust spiciness and flavors that pack a punch.

I have used the spice blend for a couple of different fish fry preparations, as that would be the natural thing to do with a spice blend used by the fishermen folk, and they all came out quite delicious. But I wanted to do something different with this fabulous local spice mix and make some fusion dish out of it. Thus, I made these grilled-chicken burgers, where the chicken was marinated with the Koli masala before grilling, along with a lettuce salad drizzled with a desi vinaigrette and some packaged French fries.


For the Grilled Chicken:

300g whole chicken breast;

1tbsp white wine vinegar;

10 cloves of garlic and 1 inch piece of ginger, pounded together into a coarse paste;

Salt to taste;

½ tbsp Koli Masala (use your judgement while using this as it is quite spicy);

Olive oil, to grease the pan.

For the Salad:

18-20 leaves Iceberg Lettuce, shredded finely;

1 red onion, finely chopped;

1 ½ tsp Olive oil,

Black salt, to taste;

¼ tsp honey;

1tsp white wine vinegar;

¼ tsp red chilly powder;

¼ tsp coriander seeds and cumin powder.

For the burgers:

4 fresh Large Burger Buns;

1 tomato, sliced;

1 Red Onion, finely sliced;

1 Cucumber, sliced;


Tomato Ketchup/Mustard Sauce/Mayonnaise (to your preference);

4 Cheese Slices.


The Grilled Chicken:

  1. Wash the Chicken Breast, drain and pat dry on a kitchen towel. Flatten the chicken pieces with the back of a rolling pin so that they cook uniformly. Pierce the chicken breast with a fork or run a knife across its surface so that it absorbs the marinade properly.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine together the Koli Masala, Ginger Garlic paste, salt and vinegar.
  3. Add the Chicken Breasts to the marinade and coat it with the spice mix uniformly. Keep it aside for 30-60 minutes to marinate; until then get all the other components prepared.
  4. Once the other components are ready as below, heat a non-stick pan on high heat. Drizzle some Olive oil in the pan and add a Chicken Breast to it when it is really hot. Seal the chicken quickly, by heating on both sides for a few seconds on high heat.
  5. Then lower the flame and cover the pan, cook the chicken on both sides on low heat for 3-4 minutes each. Remove from the flame and use for assembling the burger.

The Lettuce salad:

  1. In a salad bowl, toss together shredded iceberg lettuce and chopped red onions.
  2. In another small bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar and honey together until they emulsify. Then add black salt, coriander and cumin powder and red chilly powder to the emulsion and mix uniformly.
  3. Pour this dressing over the lettuce and onions and toss the salad gently.
Koli-Masala Marinated Chicken..

Koli-Masala Marinated Chicken..

The lettuce and red-onion with the desi-vinaigrette added.

The lettuce and red-onion with the desi-vinaigrette added.

The Grilled Chicken on the salad..

The Grilled Chicken on the salad..

Koli-Masala Grilled Chicken Burgers..

Koli-Masala Grilled Chicken Burgers..

The Burger:

  1. Cut the burger burns horizontally into halves and toast the buns after applying some butter on it.
  2. On the toasted buns; arrange layers of sliced red onions, tomatoes and cucumber.
  3. Then add a layer of the lettuce salad to the burger.
  4. Add the grilled chicken on top of the salad followed by sauces of your choice.
  5. Top it with a cheese slice and place the upper slice of the bun above it.
  6. Use a toothpick or small wooden skewer to hold the burger in place and serve it immediately with French fries.

2 comments on “Koli-Masala Grilled Chicken Burger

  1. LFFL
    April 9, 2015

    I love chicken burgers. Sometimes I’ll get ground chicken.


    • nitali04
      April 9, 2015

      chicken burgers have now become my favourite too..But I did not used ground chicken, used whole chicken breast..


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