Thursday, April 3, 2014

Carrot and Beetroot Cutlet (Kolkata style vegetable chops)

"Carrot and Beetroot Cutlet"
Carrot and Beetroot Cutlet, these are Kolkatta style Vegetable cutlets 0r Vegetable chops as they are commonly known in Kolkatta, completely different form the regular cutlets we are used to have with carrots, beans, potatoes, peas etc. Its a typical Bengali dish, and one of the most popular vegetarian street snack.
During the days when we  grew up in Kolkatta eating out was not very popular and that too street food was always a big NO....My mom who is an avid cook would  make someting or the other  for the evening snack mostly these forbiden street food just to satisfy our it the Jhal MuriDhokla, Aloo chat, Talebhaja (Assorted deep fried snacks) or chowmin  and egg roll all would be prepared at home.
Vegetable Chops was usually made during the winter months as beetroot and carrots were available during these months but was an all time favourite at our home. These days its not so as mostly all vegetables are available throughout the year.

I prepared these last week as an old friend was visiting us and she happened to be a pure vegetarian, she is one who does not even eat onion and these vegetable chops were perfect for the evening along with Chai....and lots of Gupshup...bringing back old memories.

The best thing about these chops are the flamboyant beetroot which is a very healthy vegetable but usually not a favourite with kids,somehow I find these chops a great and tasty way of incorporating beetroot in their diet. These chops can be prepaired in advance and can be stoped in the refridrerator for upto 4-5 days....just fry them whenever needed and enjoy....


Carrot  - 1 medium
Beetroot - 1 medium
Potato, boiled -  1 large
Ginger, grated - 1 tablespoon
Green chillies - 2 chopped
Fresh green coriander, chopped - 3 tablespoon
Peanuts,dry roasted and halved - 1 tablespoon
Resins - 1 tablespoon
Bhaja Masala - 11/2 teaspoon
Bread, slice - 2 medium
Oil - 2 tablespoon
Sugar - 1/4th teaspoon (optional)
Salt to taste
Corn starch / cornflour - 3 tablespoon
Water - 1/4th cup
Bread crumbs to coat the cutlets - 1 cup

Oil for deep frying the cutlets


Wash peal and grate the carrot and beetroot.

Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a kadhai and add the grated ginger and chopped green chillies. Fry for a minute or so and add the grated carrot and beetroot, mix well, add salt and fry for 3-4 minutes until tender. (We donot want to over cook the vegetables as these are anyways going to be fried)

Peal and mash the boiled potato, place it in a large mixing bowl.

Trim the sides of the bread slice and soak it in water for 2 minutes. Remove and press between your palm to get rid of excess water. Add this to the mashed potato and mix well.

Add the fried carrot and beetroot to the potato and bread mixture and add the roasted peanuts, resins, chopped green coriander, and add 1 1/2 teaspoon of  Bhaja masala , mix all ingredients well, check seasoning and if required add salt and sugar. (Beetroot in itself is quite sweet so please taste and only if required add sugar)

Divide the cutlet mix into 12 equal portions, apply oil to your palm and shape the cutlets. Usually these are oval or oblong but then you could make any shape.

In a mixing bowl add the corn flour and water and make a batter.( Note, we donot need a very thick batter, it sould be thin just to coat the cutlets please refer to the picture) Place the bread crumbs in a bowl and keep it handy. Dip one cutlet at a time in the corrnflour batter and quickly roll over the bread crumb to ensure the cutlets are well coated keep aside. Repeat the same process until all the cutlets are done. Refrigerate the cutlets for an hour or so.

Finally, heat sufficient oil in a kadhai, carefully slide the cutlets into the hot oil, deep fry until golden brown. Drain and keep on absorbent paper.

Serve hot along with ketchup and kasundi.....
Enjoy crispy vegetable chops :)


These chops are traditionally served with sliced onion, I have not incorporated the onion in the pictures as mentioned earlier I had prepared these for my friend who does not have onion and garlic, but you could serve them along with onion.
Also I have mentioned kasundi which is a Bengali mustard sauce, I get these from Kolkatta as these are not available everywhere...but not to worry they taste equally good with English mustard sauce.

Makes - 12 pieces
Serves- 4-5 person

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