Mince Meat Cutlets

Mince Meat Cutlets
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Mince Meat Cutlets

Shireen Sequeira

Mince Meat 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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Combine the ground chicken or beef with the lime juice in a nonstick pan and season with salt, to taste. Cook over medium heat until all of the excess water dries up. Let some amount of moisture remain. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Heat the oil in another pan over medium heat and cook the minced onions until they turn pale. Toss in the green chiles, ginger, garlic, cilantro, and mint leaves and stir. Just before removing from the heat, add the pepper, turmeric, garam masala, cumin, and cinnamon.

Remove from the heat and set aside. Let the mixture cool a bit. Add the mashed potato and ground chicken or beef and mix well. If the mixture is soggy, add the bread and mix well.

In a bowl, beat the egg whites and set aside. Place the breadcrumbs on a plate. Heat 1 inch vegetable oil in a deep-sided sauté pan over medium heat.
Shape the mince mixture into balls and flatten them in the center of your palm. Dip each patty in the egg whites and then roll it over the breadcrumbs. Fry until both sides are golden brown.

Serve hot with mint chutney, tomato ketchup, or with steamed rice.  


Calories per serving:

833 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Dairy Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 36g 55%
  • Carbs 76g 25%
  • Saturated 7g 35%
  • Fiber 9g 37%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 10g
  • Monounsaturated 19g
  • Polyunsaturated 7g
  • Protein 54g 107%
  • Cholesterol 195mg 65%
  • Sodium 584mg 24%
  • Calcium 209mg 21%
  • Magnesium 130mg 32%
  • Potassium 2,167mg 62%
  • Iron 7mg 39%
  • Zinc 5mg 33%
  • Phosphorus 624mg 89%
  • Vitamin A 75µg 8%
  • Vitamin C 40mg 66%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 63%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 57%
  • Niacin (B3) 18mg 90%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 90%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 122µg 30%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 25%
  • Vitamin E 5mg 23%
  • Vitamin K 66µg 83%
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