How to make Veg Cutlets at home – Easy Recipe for Veg Cutlets, a perfect snack for your weekend parties or as an evening snack.
Veg cutlets are a perfect party or evening snack with a crispy outer and a soft mushy filling made of vegetables and masalas. It comes in many shapes and sizes but the most popular one is a small flattened circle. It goes well with Tomato Ketchup or a hot sauce but it does really well with Mint Chutney or any other spicy Chutneys. The best part about these Veg cutlets is that they aren’t difficult to make so you can bring that restaurant-like atmosphere home through this recipe. It can easily be combined into a modern Indian meal course or adds that sophistication to a traditional meal menu.
Though the origins of Veg Cutlet are not clear, it appears that these came from France and have traveled all over the world. Usually, there is a meat filling in the Western varieties but here in India the vegetable version is most famous. Within Indian cuisine, these come under the North Indian recipes category. While we recommend this for a party menu, you can easily make this as an evening snack and serve it hot cups of chai or Coffee.
The key ingredients to a Veg Cutlet are Potatoes (Aloo) and Breadcrumbs. The Aloo forms the base for the mashed filling while the breadcrumbs bring that wonderful crispiness to the cutlet. One of the complaints by Non-vegetarians is that there aren’t any exciting vegetarian starters or snacks. Also, many restaurants are to blame for bringing in an overdose of Paneer based snacks and starters.
Veg Cutlet is one such dish that will put all such complaints to rest. My earliest memory of eating a cutlet was at a ‘North Indian’ restaurant (which was considered a luxury for us South Indians) – I kind of had the perception at that time that Veg Cutlet didn’t look Indian enough, because I had only seen such good-looking dishes on TV 🙂
Veg Cutlet can be made with a choice of vegetables but the most popular option and one that is fail-proof is Potatoes. Potatoes are easy to mash and don’t fall apart from the filling. Also, Aloo is a popular ingredient in many such filling based snacks, and especially so in Northern Indian cuisine.
How many vegetables do I add for the filling?
You can start with about 2-3 but can go up to 5 choices of veggies. Also, choose those veggies that will not break the cutlet apart. For this recipe, we have chosen Potatoes, Cabbage, Carrots, Peas, and Onions. All these brought in their own texture and flavor that added to the whole experience!
Can I use the Cutlets for other recipes?
Absolutely! These cutlets (or patties) can go into a Grilled Sandwich or within Burgers. In that way it is very versatile.
How can I make this exciting for the kids?
While you can use the version here to serve to kids, you can change the shape of the cutlet to heart-shaped ones or flower-shapes – use metal cake cutters that come in various shapes to make the patties. Also, I find that Cutlet served with ketchup always appeals to kids. Kids also tend to like the more crisper ones so you may want to make it extra crips when serving to kids.
Can I make Veg cutlet healthier?
The recipe we have here, are pan fried ones. You could also opt for baked Veg cutlets. There are many cutlets that are deep-fried which of course aren’t healthy compared to pan fried versions or baked Veg cutlets. Also the number of calories per cutlet isn’t much so if you limit the number of cutlets that you eat (which isn’t going to be easy), then you can always stay on the safer side.
What do I serve Veg Cutlets with?
You can serve Veg Cutlets as is, with just Chai, Coffee, or a Milkshake (Mango Milkshake or Chikoo Milkshake) . But if you want to complete the dish, you can serve this with fresh Tomato Ketchup or the restaurant favorite – Pudina Chutney. When in season, you can serve this with Mango Chutney.
Check out Veg Cutlet recipes from other Indian food websites:
- Veg Cutlet by Rak’s Kitchen
- Heart-shaped Veg Cutlet by Spice up the Curry
- Crispy Veg Cutlet by Whisk Affair
Check out other Snacks that you can try:
Recipe for Veg Cutlet with step-by-step photos below.
Vegetable Cutlet Recipe
- Pressure cooker
- non-stick kadai
- 2 nos onion finely chopped
- 2 nos carrot finely chopped
- 1 cup cabbage finely chopped
- 1 cup peas
- 3 nos potato pressure cook for 4 whistles and remove the outer skin and mash it.
- 1 tablespoon chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
- 1 tablespoon tomato ketup
- 2 nos bread slices
- 1 tablespoon Rice Flour
- 1 tablespoon Corn Flour
- 3 tablespoon oil for frying
- 1 pinch salt as required
How to make:
- Heat the non-stick kadai and add onion. Fry till it golden.
- Add carrot, cabbage, peas, salt and fry for two minutes.
- Add little water and allow to cook well.
- Add mashed potatoes and mix thoroughly.
- Add turmeric poweder, chilli powder, garam masala, coriander powder and salt and mix it.
- Take the small bowl and smash the contents completely.
- Add tomato ketchup.
- Add coriander leaves for garnishing.
- Add rice flour and corn flour to the prepared masala
- Dont add water to it. Mix the contents throughly.
- Make a small ball from the dough and made it to the circle shape.
- Put the bread in the mixer and make it to small crumbs.
- Place each dough in the bread crumbs.
- Ensure that all sides are covered with bread.
- Heat and add oil in the tawa or kadai. Place the each bread covered dough on it. Allow to fry in one side.
- Use the spoon and turn it to fry the other side.
- If you need oil , add in the sides of the kadai and it will spread completely.
- Make sure all the cutlet fried both sides. Serve it hot with ketchup.