Sunday, June 28, 2009

Versatile Vegetable Cutlets

Pin It Now! When we were in school we were asked to get a dozen cutlets to be sold at our class stall at the fun fair. Coincidentally my sister's class also put up the same stall. And so my maharashtrian mom had a task ahead of making 2 dozen cutlets. In those days cutlets were new to her. She neither knew the name let alone the recipe. But like all mom's she had to find a way.
After much research she came up with the following recipe. It turned out so well that they sold like hot cakes ( aka cutlets) at our fun-fair.Love you mom !

Vegetable cutlets

1 Beetroot (pressure cook and then grated)
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup onions
1 cup boiled potato (grated)
1 tbsp lime juice
2-3 tbsp green paste (2-3 green chillies, ginger and corianger)
Add more or less green chillies depending on the spice level.
2 tbsp sugar
salt to taste
oil to fry
1/2 cup breadcrumbs or course sooji
2-3 bread slices ( you can use stale bread,white/wheat will do)

1. Squeeze the water out of the grated beetroot so that it becomes little bit dry.
2. In pan take some oil and add onions and carrots. Saute for 2-3 minutes until the mixture does not smell of raw onion.
3. Then in a bowl mix the beetroot, onion and carrot saute, potatoes and the spice paste. Add salt to taste.Make a dough and check if patties can be made.If the dough does not stand then add a few slices of bread. These will absorb the excess moisture.

4. Roll the patties in suji or bread crumbs.

5. Shallow fry in a pan for 5-10 mins until golden brown.

6. Serve with ketchup and enjoy !

These are super healthy since they are mix of vegetables.Feel free to add other mashed veggies like green peas, spring onions.I would not add broccoli or cauliflower due to their bitter taste. But that's just me.. I also made a bigger size and used them as a patty inside burger buns topped with lettuce and tomato.Deeelish ! Makes for a quick weeknight meal or lunchbox if you have the patties made ahead of time.

Thanks for reading and happy cooking !

My first post - Mango Salad

Pin It Now! My first post on the blog.I have been procrastinating blogging for quite sometime now. No don't get me wrong. I love blogging. I have spent countless hours reading cooking blogs and trying out quite a few recipes. However now that I have a little one around i was doubtful if i will be able to give it time. However shoving aside this list of excuses I gathered some time to do my bit. Lets see how far i get.

Its summer time and the grocery stores are loaded with veggies.Wow..they look so colorful..!
I tried this recipe of Mango Salad posted by Nupur from One hot stove(Mango Salad). I made some slight modification to the recipe though, using the ingredients i had at hand. Here is my version of it.Thank you Nupur !
The salad was lip-smacking and my hubby simply loved it !!

Mango Salad

1 apple
1 mango
1 cup cantaloupe
1 cucumber
2 bell peppers (I used green and red)
1 tbsp lime juice
cilantro to garnish
Peel and cut the fruits.
Toss with salt, freshly ground pepper and lemon juice. Garnish with cilantro. Enjoy !!

The salad is refreshing on a hot summer afternoon and is really healthy too.
Thanks for reading !