beetroot cutlet recipe with step by step pics. these beetroot tikki are crispy and delicious. you can have them plain or pair with some burger buns or in a pita bread or make wraps or rolls from them.
the recipe of beetroot cutlets is easy. boil and then mash beetroot and potatoes. add spices, mix and shape in tikkis. then coat them in semolina (rava) and then pan fry them. for frying you can add little oil as possible or use a non stick pan for frying.
beetroots are favorite tubers and i make many recipes with beetroots like beetroot paratha, beetroot halwa, beetroot poori etc. this beetroot cutlet recipe is adapted from flavors of mumbai blog here – beetroot patties recipe. ever since i made them for the first time, i have been making these cutlets occasionally and they have always been a hit at home.
i did make some minor adaptations to the recipe. what turned out was a fantastic beetroot tikki much in taste similar to the north indian aloo tikki. we had paired these with homemade burger buns and some indian chutneys with onion, tomato slices.
there is another variation of beetroot cutlets which are a popular street food in calcutta. they are known as veg chops. i have shared the recipe here – bengali style veg chops recipe. if you like aloo tikki then you can also check this aloo tikki recipe where i have shown step by step photos of making potato tikki.
beetroot tikki or beetroot cutlet recipe below:
crispy and delicious beetroot cutlet made with beetroot, potatoes, rava and spices.
- 250 grams beetroot or 2 medium sized beetroot
- 275 grams potatoes OR 3 medium sized potatoes or 2 large potatoes
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
- ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder or cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon fennel powder (saunf powder)
- ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
- 1 teaspoon chaat masala
- 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder) OR 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 green chili - finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon black salt or rock salt - add more if required
- 1 teaspoon ground or minced ginger (adrak)
- 2 tablespoons corn starch or rice flour or 2 brown bread slices or white bread - soaked in water and squeezed
- ½ cup rava or sooji (cream of wheat)
- 2 tablespoons oil for pan frying
in a pan or pressure cooker, boil both the beetroot and potatoes together with some salt and enough water for 7 to 8 whistles on medium flame.
drain all the water. then peel and grate the beetroot in a bowl.
- grate the potato in the same bowl. this is done to get a even smooth mashed potato mix.
add all the spice powders, green chili, salt and corn starch. instead of corn starch you can also add rice flour or soaked bread slices.
- mix everything well with your hands. now shape them into round patties or tikkis.
take some roasted semolina (rava) in a plate.
place each beetroot tikki on the semolina and ensure that they are evenly coated on all sides by the semolina.
dust off the extra rava.
in a pan add some 2 tablespoons oil and fry the beetroot cutlets till they are crisp and golden.
place the fried beetroot cutlets on kitchen paper towels for extra oil to be absorbed.
serve beetroot tikki hot with any chutney or dip or sauce of your choice.
- do check the salt in the mixture before coating and frying the tikkis.
- if the beetroot tikkis do not hold shape then add more corn starch or rice flour or one more slice of bread to the mashed beetroot mixture.
- you can also bake the beetroot tikkis in the oven instead of pan frying them.
how to make beetroot tikki or beetroot cutlet recipe:
1. rinse 2 medium sized beetroot (250 grams beetroot) and 3 medium or 2 large potatoes (275 grams potatoes). place them in a 2 litre pressure cooker. add enough water just about covering the potatoes. also add ½ teaspoon salt. pressure cook for 7 to 8 whistles on medium flame. open the lid when pressure settles down and drain all the water.
2. once both the beetroots and potatoes become warm or cool down, then peel and grate them in a bowl. let the grated potatoes and beetroot cool down completely.
3. then add 1 teaspoon ground or minced ginger (adrak) and 1 green chili (finely chopped).
4. add the following spice powders – ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder (or cayenne pepper), 1 teaspoon fennel powder, ½ teaspoon garam masala powder, 1 teaspoon coriander powder, 1 teaspoon chaat masala and 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (or 1 teaspoon lemon juice). also add 1 teaspoon salt or as per taste.
5. now add 2 tablespoons corn starch. instead of corn starch you can use rice flour or roasted gram flour (besan) or 2 to 3 slices of bread. for the bread dip in some water. then squeeze all the water and add. even bread crumbs can be added.
6. mix very well. check taste and add more salt if required.
7. now shape in to tikkis or cutlets or patties. if the mixture feels loose and moist, you can add more corn flour, rice flour or bread slice.
8. in a plate take ½ cup sooji (rava or cream of wheat). place the beetroot cutlet on the rava and dredge it evenly with the fine sooji granules. dust of extra rava in the plate itself.
9. this way dredge or coat each beetroot cutlet with the rava and keep aside.
10. heat 2 tbsp oil for frying in a pan or tawa. keep flame to medium-low or medium. place the beetroot tikkis and begin to pan fry them. fry beetroot tikkis in batches.
11. when one side looks crisp and golden turn over each beetroot cutlet and fry the second side.
12. turn again a couple of times for even frying. fry beetroot tikkis till crisp and golden.
13. place them on kitchen paper towels for extra oil to be absorbed.