SOUTH-ASIAN SNACKS: SPICY POTATO AND GREEN CHILLI CUTLETS WITH MINT CHUTNEY

SOUTH-ASIAN SNACKS: SPICY POTATO AND GREEN CHILLI CUTLETS WITH MINT CHUTNEY

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. 

4
Servings
388
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 potatoes, medium sized
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 5 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 bunch coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 cups mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

Directions

 

PREPARATION:

FOR THE CUTLETS

·         Boil the potatoes in salted water for about 40 minutes or till soft

·         Remove from water and let them cool for about 10 minutes

·         Peel the skin off the potatoes and using your hands mash them completely (You can use a fork or any other utensil, but I prefer to use my hands to break them down completely, so that there are no lumps)

·         Add in the shallots, spices, green chillies and coriander and mix well till all the ingredients are combined

·         Pour a dash of olive oil and mix well (The olive oil helps to form the patties with ease as they do not stick to your hands)

·         Spoon a lump of the mixture into your hands and shape into a ball

·         Using the palm of your hands, flatten the ball into a round patty (about 1 inch in thickness), smoothening the edges all the while. Repeat with the rest of the mixture

·         Rest them on a kitchen towel before crumbing them

·         Beat the milk into the egg and set aside

·         Coat the patty in the flour, shaking off the excess, dip it into the egg mixture and finally coat it with the breadcrumbs generously. Make sure all sides are covered

·         Heat oil in a pan and lightly fry the cutlets till they are golden brown, about 2-3 minutes on each side

·         Place them on a kitchen towel before serving to soak in the excess oil

FOR THE MINT CHUTNEY

§  Mince the chopped mint in a food processor till very fine

§  Add the rest of the ingredients into the food processor and blitz till all the ingredients are mixed well

§  The consistency of the chutney is your prerogative. Add or subtract the amount of water depending on whether you want the chutney to be thick or runny

Serve the cutlets hot accompanied by the mint chutney. You can also make the cutlets in advance and freeze them, simply defrost them and fry them right before serving. The end result should be a soft center and a crunchy exterior that will make your family gathering session even more pleasurable. For a different twist to the cutlet, place them between warm burger buns with mint chutney, sliced onions, cucumbers and tomatoes and you have yourself a vegetarian bun kebab, a popular hawker style dish in South Asia. One recipe, many variations.

 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
7g
10%
Sugar
1g
1%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
65g
50%
Protein
17g
37%
Vitamin A, RAE
155µg
22%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
381mg
100%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
376mg
38%
Choline, total
5mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
54µg
14%
Iron, Fe
12mg
67%
Magnesium, Mg
42mg
13%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
8mg
57%
Phosphorus, P
379mg
54%
Selenium, Se
8µg
15%
Sodium, Na
201mg
13%
Water
249g
9%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

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