Cutlet in general refers to a piece of seasoned meat, dipped in a batter and then fried. Later on they started using any leftover meat from the meal, mincing it and then making rolls and frying them. Vegetable cutlets have become a very popular finger food in India. It’s very versatile because you could pretty much use any vegetables in it and because it’s dipped in a batter and fried, it tastes amazing.
|Preparation Time:||30 minutes|
|Shredded Mixed Vegetables||2 cups|
|Boiled Potato||1 medium|
|Besan or Bread Crumbs||2 tbsp|
|Red chilli powder (lal mirch)||1/4 tsp|
|Fresh coriander leaves||2 tbsp|
|Vegetable Oil||To Fry|
- Shred or chop all the vegetables and boil them. Drain them fully otherwise the cutlet mixture will become too runny. Put them in a bowl.
- Grate boiled potato and add to the vegetables.
- Add besan/bread crumbs, salt, red chilli powder, chopped coriander leaves and chopped green chillies.
- Mix them well. If the mixture is runny, add some more bread crumbs. Now make small balls and convert them into cylinders or any other shape you like.
- Roll the cylinders in maida so that it’s coated well. This is to ensure that it does not splutter while frying. Make sure that it is covered with maida from all sides and then roll it in your hand so that maida sticks to the cutlets otherwise the oil will end up with lots of flour in the end.
- Heat the oil in a wok. Do the oil test – drop a pea sized mixture in the oil. If it sinks the oil is not hot enough. If it browns immediately, it’s too hot.
- Drop a couple of cutlets in the oil and let them fry. Don’t touch them for initial 1 minute because they may break. After that roll them over every 10 seconds or so. Fry till they are a little more than golden brown.
- Drain them on paper towel. Repeat with other cutlets.
- Serve Vegetable Cutlets hot with Green Chutney or meethi saunth.
- I added some leftover rice also in the cutlet mixture just to experiment and it came out fine. You can even skip everything and make these cutlets just with boiled potatoes but of course that will not be as healthy.
- You can even shallow fry these but then it’s best to flatten the cutlet for even browning on all sides.