Beetroot Cutlet

It’s September and its the Mega Marathon Month. :-) Welcoming you all to this Cooking Carnival. Guess what theme I picked for this entire month? It’s the Chaat  / Appetizers / Snacks. So starting today and for next 30 days, I will be sharing kids friendly (yes kids friendly too, I will be sharing how I serve these chaats for Vaandu) yummylicious, lip smacking, sweet and spicy, savory snacks and chaats  from all over India. I hope you all enjoy and I am looking forward to hear your thoughts and comments. 

The first chaat recipe that I am going to post for this marathon is Cutlets – these deep fried or shallow fried goodies are perfect tea time snack. It is pretty much similar to tikkis. Like many other recipes, cutlets can be prepared in zillion ways. But here is my super simple kid’s friendly deep fried beet root cutlet. Cutlets are perfect recipe where you can sneak in any veggies. With cookie cutters you can try different shapes and wow your kids and everyone.

Cutlets – this very small word takes be back to my college days. Cutlets were one of the staple evening snacks in our college canteen. It was our staple order too, during my final semester, pretty much me and friends used to go to canteen all evenings and chit chat with a cup of tea and this cutlet.  Nothing can be the combo of cutlet, ketchup and a cup of tea and of course friends.  Now I started to prepare the same for my kid by sneaking in different veggies.

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When I selected the Chaat as my theme for this blogging marathon, the first recipe that I wrote down in my list was cutlet and this is the very first recipe that I cooked and clicked for this BM and here I am posting it for the first day.

Here is my star shaped little beet root cutlets,

Ingredients:

  • Small Beetroots – 5 or 3 medium sized beetroots
  • Medium Size Potato – 1
  • Garam Masala – 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Chaat Masala – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Finely Chopped Onion – 1/4 cup
  • Chopped Cilantro – 2 tbsps
  • Maida or All Purpose Flour – 1 tbsp
  • Water – 1/4 cup
  • Corn Starch – 1.5 tbsps
  • Bread Crumbs – 1/4 cup (as required)
  • Oil for frying.

Prep – Work:

  • Wash the beetroots nicely and peel the skin. Boil the beets in pressure cooker or microwave or stovetop. If using pressure cooker, cook it by adding 3 cups of water for 2 whistles. If in microwave, steaming for about 12 minutes should work. Make sure the beets are soft and tender.
  • Once cooked, remove them from water right away and let it sit for about 1 hour.
  • Then grate them finely or mash them up. I grated the beets.
  • Similar boil the potato in your preferred way and mash them roughly.
  • Chop the onions and cilantro.
  • Mix 1.5 tbsps of corn starch in 1/4 of water and set aside.

Steps:

  • Add the grated beets, mashed potatoes, chopped onion, cilantro all the masalas and salt. Add the maida too.
  • Mix them well and do not add any water.
  • Mix the ingredients like this ball below.
  • Now pinch about small lemon sized ball from the dough and press in your desired cookie cutter or you can shape into small balls and press them like tikki or into oval shapes. 
  • Repeat the same for the remaining dough.

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  • Parallel Task: Once you have pressed the cutlets into desired shape, you can heat the oil for frying.
  • Meanwhile take the bread crumbs in a wide bowl and also stir the corn starch water and keep your working table ready.

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  • Now dip the shaped cutlets in the corn starch water and then coat them with bread crumbs generously.Repeat this for all the remaining cutlets.

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  • Once the oil is hot, turn it to medium heat and fry them slowly. I added about 4 in one batch. 
  • That’s it. Yummy cutlets are ready.

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Serve them hot with ketchup.

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Notes:

  • After cooking beets and potatoes remove them from water. We want them moist but not overloaded with water content.
  • Also if you feel the dough is little soggy, add more maida/APF. 
  • Adjust the salt and spices as per your preference.
  • Instead of deep frying, you can shallow fry the cutlets too. As this is kiddo’s favorite and he prefers deep fried cutlets so I opted for deep frying. 
  • Other Variations:
    • You can completely skip beets and add other veggies or mix other veggies along with beets to prepare veggie cutlets too.

Beetroot Cutlets

Beetroot Cutlet
Yields 10
Kid’s friendly ,star shaped ,deep fried, savory tea time snack or tikki prepared with beetroots. potatoes.
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. Small Beetroots - 5 or 3 medium sized beetroots
  2. Medium Size Potato - 1
  3. Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp
  4. Red Chilli Powder - 1/4 tsp
  5. Chaat Masala - 1/4 tsp
  6. Salt - 1 tsp
  7. Finely Chopped Onion - 1/4 cup
  8. Chopped Cilantro - 2 tbsps
  9. Maida or All Purpose Flour - 1 tbsp
  10. Water - 1/4 cup
  11. Corn Starch - 1.5 tbsps
  12. Bread Crumbs - 1/4 cup (as required)
  13. Oil for frying.
Prep - Work
  1. Wash the beetroots nicely and peel the skin. Boil the beets in pressure cooker or microwave or stovetop. If using pressure cooker, cook it by adding 3 cups of water for 2 whistles. If in microwave, steaming for about 12 minutes should work. Make sure the beets are soft and tender.
  2. Once cooked, remove them from water right away and let it sit for about 1 hour.
  3. Then grate them finely or mash them up. I grated the beets.
  4. Similar boil the potato in your preferred way and mash them roughly.
  5. Chop the onions and cilantro.
  6. Mix 1.5 tbsps of corn starch in 1/4 of water and set aside.
Steps
  1. Add the grated beets, mashed potatoes, chopped onion, cilantro all the masalas and salt. Add the maida too.
  2. Mix them well and do not add any water.
  3. Mix the ingredients like this ball below.
  4. Now pinch about small lemon sized ball from the dough and press in your desired cookie cutter or you can shape into small balls and press them like tikki or into oval shapes.
  5. Repeat the same for the remaining dough.
  6. Parallel Task: Once you have pressed the cutlets into desired shape, you can heat the oil for frying.
  7. Meanwhile take the bread crumbs in a wide bowl and also stir the corn starch water and keep your working table ready.
  8. Now dip the shaped cutlets in the corn starch water and then coat them with bread crumbs generously.Repeat this for all the remaining cutlets.
  9. Once the oil is hot, turn it to medium heat and fry them slowly. I added about 4 in one batch.
  10. That’s it. Yummy cutlets are ready.
  11. Serve them hot with ketchup.
Notes
  1. After cooking beets and potatoes remove them from water. We want them moist but not overloaded with water content.
  2. Also if you feel the dough is little soggy, add more maida/APF.
  3. Adjust the salt and spices as per your preference.
  4. Instead of deep frying, you can shallow fry the cutlets too. As this is kiddo’s favorite and he prefers deep fried cutlets so I opted for deep frying.
Other Variations
  1. You can completely skip beets and add other veggies or mix other veggies along with beets to prepare veggie cutlets too.
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62 thoughts on “Beetroot Cutlet

  1. PJ

    Awesome theme Vidhya! The cute shape and the color will tempt even the adults! I am so eager to see the other dishes in this series.

  2. i will have loads to take back from here….lovely recipe and loved the start shaped cutlets….am used to seeign heart shaped for the beet root cutlets all the while…this looks nice

  3. Nalini

    What a lovely theme,even I was thinking to share street foods and chaat recipes then changed my mind and ended up in dosa.Cutlet looks so tempting and love those cute star shaped beauties..

  4. Forget kids, naan indha cutlets appadiyeee chaapdave 😊😊 VERY interesting theme Vidhya ! U can be sure am gonna keep my eyes wide open and bookmark several of ur recipes for my kids back home !!

  5. cookingwithsapana

    Kids friendly chaat and snacks as theme sounds superb.Beet cutlet looks yummy.Looking forward to seeing your chaats.

  6. Looks so yumm Vidhya!! Nice way to sneak healthy veggies into your kids’s diet :)
    I would love to join such blogging marathons and am still confused as to how to join and when. Can you please email me the details?

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