Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Vegetable Cutlets

I was catching up with one my good old friend over the phone last week (still New year wishes going on). We don't call weekly, monthly but yearly! We don't hang out in FB but do send/share e-mails /pictures once in a while in our inbox. So when the conversation starts over the phone, imagine could we sum up in one hour no we go until the battery is drained out completely and interrupt our talk.
Interestingly, the topic was about entertainment and food.  She said- I have 2 or 3 friends, when they talk about food , it is all about calorie counting, salad and soup in everyday basis. But you have to see their overflowing portions in their plates. They go crazily for many helpings at all the parties...  We had a good laugh about their food lifestyle.
I have seen in my lifetime too such kind of people who gulp everything and starve the next few days or until the next party....Ahh, they have never heard of portion I guess!
Party foods are usually high in fat, sodium etc... We prepare just to please the crowd, don't bother to deep fry to give the extra crisp and look, add extra TBPS of heavy cream to achieve the restaurant taste. I took extra cautious in party food because couple of times I brought an unwanted stomach flu :(
Coming to my recipe, I deep fried the cutlets to give the extra crisp and even color for the New Year Eve party. But the vegetable cutlets can be pan fried or even baked it is up to you.

Vegetable cutlets


Yield around: 8 to 10 patties

To make patties/cutlets
  • 2 medium Potatoes:boiled, peeled, mashed
  • 1/2 cup of diced carrots/peas/beans (frozen works too)-microwave 2 minutes and mashed coarsely
  • 1/4 cup of onion minced
  • 2 tsp of oil
  • Turmeric: 1/4 tsp
  • Garam Masala: 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder: 1 tsp
  • Salt: to your taste (1/2 tsp to 3/4 tsp)
To make the outer covering:
  • Breadcrumb: 3/4 cup (keep in separate plate)
  • AP Flour:  2 tbsp (mix with little water and make a thin batter in a bowl)
To Deep fry:
  • Enough oil

1. Heat the oil, add the onion and saute until translucent.
2.Add the garam masala+ chilli powder+ turmeric +salt -just mix a minute in medium heat
3.Now add the mashed vegetables and mix together
4.Switch off the stove and let the mixture cool to handle.

To make the patties:

Take a small portion of the vegetable mixture (use the ice-cream scoop ) shape into circle and flatten between your palm or any shapes you want.
Dip in (flour + water) batter and roll in breadcrumb all the patties one by one until they are well coated.
Arrange in a plate and cling it , refrigerate at least 30 min. if you want to deep fry - if you shallow fry or bake , skip the refrigeration.

To deep fry:
Heat enough oil in deep fryer. Lower to medium heat and drop the patties do not overcrowd the pan.
Slowly flip with a fork after 1 or 2 min.
Once the cutlets turns golden brown, remove it and keep in paper towel.

Serve hot with ketchup or chutney. Or keep in a preheat oven until served. 


Miri said...

I love cutlets - but usually just shallow fry them! I guess deep frying gives that lovely crispy crust!

Curry Leaf said...

I agree with you. Party food is not always healthy. But the cutlets, I love these. I always pan fry mine though. Looks GREAT Cham.

Priti said...

Looks yum ....nice pics

Happy Cook / Finla said...

I can imagine the hour long talk :-) love love veg cutlets it brings back memory of the Indian Coffee house in Ernakulum, we we used to go when we were younger, mom always took us there as there was a secction only ladies could go :-)and i used to eat them with lots of ketchup

Bong Mom said...

The patties look very crispy and perfect. No portion control with that stuff :)

Anu said...

Looks good. I too deep fry for the parties.

Priya said...

Even i love deep fried cutlets but somehow i dont make them, btw you can get any sort of veggies rite now in Gare du nord, even we saw breadfruit here during our last visit to Indian groceries..

G.Pavani said...

cutlets looks yummy n delicious..

Manasi said...

I love cutlets and tikkis!
I made some with moong beans and then chickpeas a few days ago and now I want these! YUM!

Deep Fryer said...

These look so tasty. I will definitely try these next get together I have! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Sumi said...

Once in a while (atleast once in a month :) ) I love to indulge in Fried snack and skip the dinner ..these cutlets are totally worth it.loved the picture

Laavanya said...

Love your new header!

I love deep fried cutlets.. they get such a nice texture than when shallow fried or baked... but i almost never do it.... if I remember right it has been atleast 9 yrs since i last deep fried a cutlet! :)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

awesome cutlets... love the crispy look!

Indrani said...

My all-time favorite snack, you reminded me that I havn't made it for long time, have to make it with winter vegetables soon, yours look so perfect, nice click..if you want can send this to my ongoing event

Spotlight- winter vegetable
link : http://riappyayan.blogspot.com/2012/01/announcement-of-my-event-spotlight.html

Aarthi said...

awesome cutlet


The ever green,all time favorite snack! Looks delicious!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

My all time fav. Even I love to deep fry my cutlets, once in a while is totally fine for us. Love to eat hot cutlets with tomato chili sauce. YUM!!!

Athisaya Divya said...

Perfect party food Cham. Looks delicious.

notyet100 said...

They look so good,.perfect with tea too,.