Vegetable Cutlet is a snack item made with mix boiled vegetables. Its great to make it during rains and serve them hot with tomato ketchup and green chutney.
Today it was raining heavily. I was not sure what to make for lunch. In my fridge, there were pea pods, carrots. Initially, I thought of making pea and carrot pulao with onion raita. But I changed my thoughts later. I decided to give my family a treat by make something spicy and hot and thus embarked upon the idea of making vegetable cutlets with carrots, peas, potatoes.
As I have mentioned in one of my posts, that I like too cook in the microwave oven. So thus I cut short my time of cooking the vegetables in the microwave instead of the pressure cooker. Once the vegetables are cooked, the rest of the steps are easy.
Ingredients for the mix veg cutlet which makes 10-11 cutlets:
- 3 medium sized potatoes chopped
- 2 carrots chopped
- 1 cup peas
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2 teaspoon ginger-garlic-green chilly paste
- 1 tsp garam masala powder
- 1/4 tsp chilly powder
- 2 bread slices
- 1/2 cup semolina
- oil for frying
Method for the preparation of vegetable cutlets:
1: Take the chopped potatoes, carrots and peas in a microwave cooker or microwave safe bowl. Add 1 cup water and 1 teaspoon salt. Cover and microwave on full power for 13-15 minutes till all the veggies are cooked.
3: Take 2 slices of bread ( you can use either white or brown bread ). Soak them lightly in water. Now press them tightly and remove all the water. Add this to the mashed vegetables. Add the chopped onion, ginger-garlic-green chilly paste, salt, garam masala powder, red chilly powder. Mix everything well.
4: Make medium sized balls of the mixture and flatten each of them with the palm of your hands.
5: Generally, a paste of maida ( all purpose flour ) or beaten eggs is taken. The flattened balls are dipped in the maida paste or beaten eggs. Then they are rolled in breadcrumbs and later fried in oil. I did not have maida and my mother-in-law does not eat eggs. So I skipped this part completely. I also did not have breadcrumbs. So what do I do to make the cutlet crispy and crunchy. I never run out of any ideas. I decided to use semolina as an alternative to breadcrumbs.
Tips for vegetable cutlets method:
1: You can alter and use your own combination of spices in the cutlet. You can also add jeera powder, dhania powder as per your liking.
2: To make a coarse paste, you can just crush the garlic, ginger and green chilly with a pestle and mortar.
3: As I have mentioned earlier, you can use breadcrumbs to coat the veg cutlets.
4: Adding soaked bread to the mixture binds the cutlet and prevents them from breaking while frying.
5: You can also deep fry them instead of shallow frying.
6: If you have burger buns, you can easily make veg burgers. Just apply butter and slightly roast the buns. Apply mayonaisse on the bun. Place the cutlet in the center. Cover it with shredded or grated cheese or a cheese slice. Top it with shredded veggies like cabbage, carrots, and lettuce. Cover with the other half of the bun and serve with tomato or mustard sauce.