Curried Pork Hamburgers with Mustard Seed Raita

These are great and easy to. I love my regular cheeseburgers but these are a great variation when you feel the need for a change or you want an Indian cast without going to any work. This recipe makes 4 normal sized hamburgers for a normal sized hamburger bun ... humph. What's normal - well my normal is the smallish hamburger bun - 3 1/2 inches across or so. (I like the ones with sesame seeds myself.) Therefore if you like those big Kaiser buns you will need to use more ground pork for sure.

Curried Pork Hamburgers with Mustard Seed Raita

1 pound gr. pork
8-9 french onion biscuits (crackers) soaked in just enough water to moisten, smack into a paste
4 Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
1 1/2 - 2 tsp curry powder
1 hot chili pepper - your favorite type seeded & finely chopped (I like the long thin green hot chilis best)
1 tsp fresh minced garlic
1 tsp fresh minced ginger
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Mix altogether. Form into 4 patties 3/4 inch thick. Pan fry or barbeque.

Top with Mustard Seed Raita, charred red onions, and a crisp lettuce like romaine.

Mustard Seed Raita
     1 1/4 tsp cumin seed
     1 1/4 tsp black mustard seed
     dash salt
     4 Tbsp thick yogurt

     Microwave seeds for 1/2 - 1 1/2 mins then add to yogurt.
     Check after 20 secs. Cumin seeds burn quickly in the micro.

Charred Red Onions
     1 large red onion, sliced

     Pan fry over med high heat in a dash of oil until charred on edges. Add dash salt & pepper.

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