Monday, January 23, 2012

Vegetable Cutlets

The other day while surfing channels, I saw the advertisement for Vim Liquid, where the lady says, “Cooking is rather simple, in fact, it is only a matter of spoons, a teaspoon of this and a teaspoon of that.”

Is cooking really only a matter of spoons? Do everybody who follow recipes to the dot from a cookery book, end up with a delicious meal? I personally don’t think so. In my opinion, cooking is an art, which is developed through patience and practice. It is not mathematics or physics that you write in some formulae and are sure to get the right result. Haven’t there been times, when you’ve added all the right ingredients, in the right proportions and followed the recipe exactly but ended up with a failed venture? Also, though most people cook, only few have it in them to whip up tasty food each and every time. What do you say friends?

Today I am sharing the recipe for a simple vegetable cutlet, which is one my favorite snacks. I love the cutlet that is served in the Brindavan Express Train, from Bangalore to Chennai. No, No, the recipe is not from the chief cook of Brindavan Express, rather it is my SIL’s MIL’s :)


Makes about 20 cutlets

What you need
  1. Potatoes – 2 big
  2. Carrots – 2
  3. Beetroot – 1 small
  4. Green Peas – 2 handfuls
  5. Bread Slices – 5
  6. Fresh Coriander Leaves – little
  7. Mint Leaves – 10 – 12 leaves
  8. Fennel Seeds – 1 tsp
  9. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  10. Cumin Powder – ½ tsp
  11. Chilli Powder – ½ to 1 tsp (acc to taste)
  12. Garam Masala Powder – ½ tsp
  13. Salt to taste
  14. For coating the cutlet
  15. Maida/All purpose Flour – 2 tbsp
  16. Water as required
  17. Bread Slices – 7 to 8
  18. Oil to deep Fry
Method
  1. Pressure cook the potatoes, carrots and beets. Once cool, remove from cooker and mash the vegetables thoroughly.
  2. Boil the green peas separately in water. Strain and keep aside.
  3. Add the boiled green peas and mix well.
  4. Break the bread slices into smaller pieces and mix it well with the vegetables.
  5. Add Fennel seeds, coriander powder, cumin powder, chilli powder, garam masala powder and salt to taste. Mix everything well.
  6. Finally add finely chopped coriander leaves and pudina leaves and mix.
  7. Shape into cutlets and keep aside.
  8. Take the flour in a bowl, add water little by little and make a paste to coat the cutlets.
  9. Powder the bread slices in a mixer and keep aside.
  10. Heat oil for deep frying in a pan.
  11. Take the prepared cutlets one by one, coat it in the flour paste and then roll it in the bread crumbs.
  12. Deep fry the cutlets until they are well browned.

Note:
  1. You can avoid the beets. But I personally like beets in my cutlets.
  2. While pressure cooking the vegetables, add very little water in the vegetables, else the veggie mixture may become too watery and you will find it difficult to shape.
  3. In case you feel the veggie mixture is very soggy, add more bread slices. It will absorb the moisture.
  4. Shallow fry the cutlets for a healthier version.

42 comments:

Priti said...

Looks so yum n perfect ...

Chandrani said...

Vegetable cutlet looks crunchy and yummy...

Ms.Chitchat said...

Perfect cutlets. Cooking is an art and should be within you to develop the fine taste. Everybody can cook but only some can dish out tasty meals.

Jay said...

tempting...delicious...mouthwatering..:P
Tasty Appetite

Kavi said...

Looking yum..Kaveri....great work...

jeyashrisuresh said...

Want to munch them with a hot cup of tea. nicely done

Hema said...

Perfect cutlets, can have any time of the day..

Mélange said...

Perfect cutlets Kaveri..Yum!

Padhu said...

Looks so tempting!

Rashida shaikh said...

I'm totally agree with you, it’s an art
It demands patience, Time and yes of course,
A Pinch of love and, here you get Delicious & Tempting outcomes.
btw
Your recipe looks try worthy.

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Super delicious cutlets,perfectly made...

faseela said...

Lovely cutlet........superb dear


I really do agree with you......If we give same recipe, with same amount of ingredients to seven people.......all will end up with different taste for sure..... Cooking is really an art and that ofcourse is a real wonderful gift from God, Thanks to God for all that he gave us...

Aarthi said...

They look delicious..Thanks for posting it dear..

Aarthi
http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

Archana said...

I agree with you Kaveri if it was so simple or precise we would not have had so many dishes and flavours with a simple things. Cooking is an art that needs a lot of practice and love.

By the way cutlets are delicious. Love the way you have arranged pudina on the cutlets.

Ganga Sreekanth said...

Looks so yummy and so easy to prepare

maha said...

cutlets are delicious. Love the pics.......

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Perfectly done, looks awesome.

Julie said...

Very delicious cutlets..yummy!lovely presentation..
I too have a cutlet recipe today..

Erivum Puliyum

Sravs said...

very tempting cutlets !!

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Suja said...

Yum and perfect tea time snack..love it

Priya said...

Super tempting cutlets, makes me hungry..well done dear..

Sobha Shyam said...

perfect and yummy cutlets..nice clicks..i too agree with you, cooking is an art and patience is very much required..there have been many times i end up in failures even when i follow the exact recipe..its so true dear :)

sangee vijay said...

few days back i too made some cutlets with beet n gobi, yours with mixed vegs sounds so yummy...perfectly made...lovely clicks dear!!

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Uma said...

Cooking is really an art.I strongly agree with you on this. When I started my cooking blog, I had come across such comments. But they really don't know untill they come,cook,struggle,experience and enjoy it. BTW, I like your cutlets. I mostly shallow fry them instead of deep frying. they are sinfully addictive rt?

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious and lovely looking cutlets.

Deepa
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Neha said...

Yummy cutlets...

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Delicious cutlet,luks so tempting...

Roshni said...

i have to make some soon.. seeing a few options lately.. drooling here

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Lovely looking cutlets. Nice recipe. So mouthwatering. YUM!

Vidhya said...

Cutlets look so good.

SouthIndianHome said...

Delicious cutlets. Very nicely presented
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Now Serving said...

one word, Kaveri - DELICIOUS!!!!!!!

Kalyani's Platter said...

looks yum and tempting cutlets .........

Christy Gerald said...

Temptingly delicious Cutlets Dear.Drool-worthy recipe 2!

Amina Khaleel said...

cutlets look fabulous... my favourite as well... i too have always liked the taste of the cutlets served in the Brindavan express train...

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Very tempting cutlets, I cant stop eating this one. Wish I have some now :)

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aeverhaven said...

Wow, this sounds awesome! I never knew you could fit so many different sprouting vegetables in one meal. Do you know of a way to cook it without having to cook them in oil?

aeverhaven said...

Wow, this sounds awesome! I never knew you could fit so many different sprouting vegetables in one meal. Do you know of a way to cook it without having to cook them in oil?

Sona said...

loved your version of cutlets, esp. you have added mint leaves which will give a distinct flavor.. will definitively try this version too..

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Anonymous said...

this s awesome, can u suggest some recepies for potatoes that will be fine

Deepika Murthy said...

Hi Swapna, We tried this at home. The recipe is awesome. Thanks!

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