From the blog http://chatteringkitchen.com
The British left the subcontinent over 60 years ago, but remnants of their rule can still be seen in the daily lives of residents of their former colony. One such relic is the concept of evening tea. The British are well known for their afternoon and evening teas, where spreads such as scones with clotted cream, mini cucumber sandwiches and various petit fours accompany a hot cup of tea. In many areas of India and Pakistan, the family gets together for tea in the evening to discuss the affairs of the day or friends meet up for coffee to catch wind of news climbing through the grapevine. All such discussions can only take place over food, but instead of scones and cucumber sandwiches, there are vegetable fritters (pakoras), chana chaat (chickpea salad) and potato cutlets. These snacks gain even more popularity during the monsoon season, when people gather on their terraces and patios to enjoy the rain, while sipping their tea and chowing down their favorite manna.
Cutlets, world over are mainly made of meat, but in South Asia potato cutlets have overrun their meat counterparts in popularity. The soft potato filling makes it a light snack to eat during the evening. Called chops in England, schnitzels in Europe and Kotleta in Russia, essentially they are all breaded snacks fried in oil and served with the sauce of your choice. My recipe is a reflection of the flavors I enjoy most, spicy potato cutlets served with a cooling mint chutney. The refreshing effects of mint help to counter the fiery taste of the cutlets.
The Mince Meat Cutlet has been a staple of every Mangalorean household and is a much loved meal accompaniment and anytime snack. I have grown up tasting cutlets that were usually prepared for small gatherings or parties at home, and every grandma or mom would know how to whip up one in no time with the help of an apparatus which is the ancestor of today's food processor. All ingredients would go into the mincing machine and out came the mixture, ready to be fried into patties. The favorite of every child who steals one from the kitchen before dinner was announced and of course a great accompaniment for those high on spirits!
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Cilantro, mint and a hint of spice make this a magnificent chutney that would go great with lamb. I had searched everywhere for this recipe. The stars aligned one day and I not only found a fabulous house to rent, but a landlord who knew how to make Mint Chutney! This is Roselyn's recipe.