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veg chops recipe, how to make bengali style veg chop recipe | veg cutlets

veg chops recipe with step by step photos – one of the popular street food in bengal are these veg chops. these are addictive and no one can just eat one. these fried crisp chops can be compared to croquettes or cutlets and have a slight sweet taste due to the addition of beetroot, carrot and peanuts. very different in taste as compared to the regular veg cutlets or veg kababs. the peanuts give a nice crunch and texture in the otherwise smooth and soft chops which are crisp from outside.

veg chop is another recipe that has been requested by some readers. veg chops are a well known street food in bengal as well as bihar. basically these are veg cutlets with beetroot as one of the main ingredient. there are some variations in preparing them. one variation is to use grated veggies along with mashed potatoes and another variation is to cook and then mash all the veggies. i use the latter method as i find it easier.

these veggie cutlets are crumb coated. it is important to crumb coat them as they become nicely crisp from outside and also do not break in oil while frying. crumb coating takes time and you can skip it. but then you will need to add some binding agent like breadcrumbs to the chop mixture, so that they do not burst in oil while frying.

preparing veg chops is easy but takes some time to prepare. so you can prepare and crumb coat the chops and then refrigerate.

if you have not tried veg chops, then you should try them for yourself as well as for your family. these are so good and make for a nice snack during winters or monsoons.

serve veg chops hot with tomato ketchup, mint chutney or mustard sauce (kasundi) and onion salad.

if you are looking for more snacks recipes then do check veg nuggets, veg puffs, veg kathi rolls, veg shammi kabab, veg spring rolls and beetroot tikki recipe.

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bengali style veg chops recipe
prep time
30 mins
cook time
20 mins
total time
50 mins
 

veg chops recipe - popular street food recipe of veg cutlet from bengal.  

course: snacks
cuisine: Bengali, Indian Street Food
servings: 10 veg chops
author: dassana amit
ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)
main ingredients for veg chops:
  • 180 grams beetroot OR 1 large beetroot
  • 250 grams potatoes OR 2 large potatoes
  • 120 grams carrots OR 2 small to medium carrots
  • 3 tablespoons roasted peanuts
  • 1 green chili - finely chopped OR 1 teaspoon finely chopped green chili
  • 1 inch ginger - finely chopped OR 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger (adrak)
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder OR bengali bhaja masala
  • ¼ teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder or red chilli powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar - OPTIONAL
  • salt as required
  • cup breadcrumbs OR ¼ cup sooji (rava or cream of wheat)
  • oil for deep frying
for batter:
  • 3 tablespoons maida or all purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons water
how to make recipe
making veg chops mixture:
  1. rinse the veggies and then pressure cook them with ¼ teaspoon salt and enough water just about covering veggies. 

  2. pressure cook for 15 to 17 minutes or for 6 to 7 whistles on a medium flame. drain the veggies very well and keep aside.

  3. meanwhile heat a small pan and add 3 tablespoons roasted peanuts.

  4. on a low flame, stirring often roast the peanuts till their skins chars a bit and they become crunchy. let the peanuts cool down.

  5. remove the skins of the peanuts by rubbing them between your palms. keep aside.

  6. now peel and grate the veggies in a mixing bowl or pan.

  7. add all the herbs, spice powders, roasted peanuts, sugar and salt. 

  8. a point to be noted is that saunf powder (fennel powder) is also added. but since the homemade garam masala powder i have used has saunf in it, i have not added saunf powder. if your garam masala does not have saunf, then you can add ½ teaspoon saunf powder.

  9. mix very well. i have not used any binding agent in the chop mixture. but if the mixture looks loose and very moist, then add some breadcrumbs. moisture content of the beetroot can be more or less depending on its quality.

assembling and making veg chops:
  1. in a small bowl mix 3 tablespoons maida or all purpose flour and 6 tablespoons water to a smooth batter.

  2. now take a portion of the mixture. shape into a cylindrical shaped cutlet.

  3. coat the veggie chop with the batter. these cutlets are light, so be gentle when coating with the batter. do not coat too much as then the veg chop will break.

  4. now coat the batter coated veg chop in breadcrumbs. you can use both breadcrumbs or sooji (rava).

  5. crumb coat all the veg chops this way. keep aside. if you do not plan to crumb coat, then add breadcrumbs in the mixture. you can add 2 to 3 tablespoons breadcrumbs or as required.

frying veg chops:
  1. heat oil for deep frying in a pan or kadai. 

  2. when the oil becomes hot, test a small piece of the chop mixture. if it does not break, then you can easily fry the remaining veggie chops.

  3. place the veg chops gently in the hot oil and fry at medium temperature. do not over crowd the pan.

  4. when one side is golden and crisp, then with a butter knife, turn the veg chops. its easier to turn them with a butter knife than with a slotted spoon.

  5. flip a couple of times more and fry till the outer coating becomes crisp.

  6. remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper kitchen towels.

  7. prepare all the veg chops this way.

  8. serve veg chops hot with tomato ketchup or coriander chutney or kasundi and some onion salad.


how to make bengali style veg chops recipe:

1. rinse the veggies (1 large beetroot, 2 large potatoes, 2 small to medium carrots) and place them in a pressure cooker.

2. sprinkle ¼ teaspoon salt and add water just about covering them.

3. pressure cook for 15 to 17 minutes or for 6 to 7 whistles on a medium flame. drain very well and keep aside.

4. meanwhile heat a small pan and add 3 tablespoons roasted peanuts.

5. on a low flame, stirring often roast the peanuts till their skins chars a bit and they become crunchy. let the peanuts cool down.

6. remove the skins of the peanuts by rubbing them between your palms. keep aside.

7. now peel and grate the veggies in a mixing bowl or pan.

8. add 1 teaspoon finely chopped green chili, 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger and 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves.

9. add ½ teaspoon garam masala powder, ¼ teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder, ¼ teaspoon sugar and salt as per taste. usually bengali bhaja masala is added, but not everyone has bengali bhaja masala. also a point to be noted is that saunf powder (fennel powder) is also added. but since the homemade garam masala powder i have used has saunf in it, i have not added saunf powder. if your garam masala does not have saunf, then you can add ½ teaspoon saunf powder.

10. add the peanuts.

11. mix very well. i have not used any binding agent in the chop mixture. but if the mixture looks loose and very moist, then add some breadcrumbs. moisture content of the beetroot can be more or less depending on its quality.

12. in a small bowl, 3 tablespoons maida or all purpose flour and 6 tablespoons water.

13. mix very well to make a smooth batter.

14. now take a portion of the mixture. shape into a cylindrical shaped cutlet.

15. coat the veggie chop with the batter. these cutlets are light, so be gentle when coating with the batter. do not coat too much as then the cutlets will break.

16. now coat the batter coated veg chop in breadcrumbs. you can use both breadcrumbs or sooji (rava). i have shown both ways.

17. here is a pic of the veg chop coated in sooji.

18. crumb coat all the veg chops this way. keep aside. if you do not plan to crumb coat, then add breadcrumbs in the mixture. you can add 2 to 3 tablespoons breadcrumbs or as required.

19. heat oil for deep frying in a pan or kadai. if you plan to shallow or pan fry, then add breadcrumbs in the mixture and shape in patties or cutlets. otherwise the cutlets may break while shallow frying. when the oil becomes hot, test a small piece of the chop mixture. if it does not break, then you can easily fry the remaining veggie chops.

20. place the veg chops gently in the hot oil and fry at medium temperature. do not over crowd the pan.

21. when one side is golden and crisp, then with a butter knife, turn the veg chops. its easier to turn them with a butter knife than with a slotted spoon.

22. flip a couple of times more and fry till the outer coating becomes crisp.

23. remove with a slotted spoon.

24. drain on paper kitchen towels to remove excess oil.

25. prepare all the veg chops this way.

26. serve veg chops hot with tomato ketchup or coriander chutney or kasundi and onion & lemon salad.




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This post was last modified on March 30, 2017, 1:18 pm

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