300gGreek yoghurt or hung yoghurtHang about 600 g plain yoghurt in a muslin cloth placed in a sieve for 4-5 hours in the fridge. The result is a thick, creamy, spreadable yoghurt.
1 1/2tsphotsmoked paprika
1/2tspred chilly powder
2tspextra virgin olive oil
For the sliders
10small whole-wheat buns
10 tomato slices
5slicesof mango from the cheeks of 3 ripe but firm mangoes
To make the pea patty
Roughly mash the peas - half of them should retain their shape( you don't want a homogeneous pea mash).
Mix in all the ingredients well, except the oil and shape into 1.5 cm-thick patties. Place on a plate and chill for 20 minutes.
Pour enough oil into a non-stick or cast iron pan to a height of 1 cm and heat till quite hot. Gently place the patties into the pan (2 at a time) and fry for 2 minutes on each side or until both sides are browned well and crisp. Drain on kitchen paper and keep warm in the oven while you fry the rest.
To make the fried chicken
Marinate the chicken with the chilly powder, salt and pepper for a couple of hours in the fridge.
Dredge the chicken in the flour, shake off the excess flour and dip the chicken in the buttermilk. Once again dredge in the flour, shake off the excess and place chicken on a plate in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes.
Heat a couple of centimetres of oil in a pan on medium flame; drop a small piece of chicken in, if the oil must bubbles, it's ready. Fry the chicken for 2-3 minutes on each side till golden and crispy. Take care not to overcrowd the pan or the chicken will steam and will not crisp up. Drain on kitchen paper and keep warm in the oven.
To make the caramelised onions
Heat olive oil and butter in a pan on a medium flame and throw in the onions. Fry the onions till transparent, then add the brown sugar and continue to cook on medium heat, till the onions give up all their moisture and slowly start becoming golden.
Now add the balsamic vinegar if using. Either way, keep cooking and keep a close watch. when they turn a deep caramel in colour, they're done.
To make the yoghurt-garlic spread
Mix all the ingredients into the yoghurt to make a thick, creamy spread. Season as desired.
To assemble sliders
Heat a griddle and smear lightly with oil/butter. Lightly toast the 2 cut halves of the buns.
For the Pea, Parmesan and Feta slider, spread the bottom half of the bun with the yoghurt spread and place a tomato slice with a pea patty on top, followed by the caramelised onions and lettuce. Smear the top half of the bun with the yoghurt spread and close the slider.
For the Fried Chicken and Mango Slider, spread the bottom half of the bun with the yoghurt spread and place a tomato slice with fried chicken topped by a slice of mango and caramelised onions.Smear the top half of the bun with the yoghurt spread and close the slider.
Preparation time does not include marination and chilling time.