Beet Chops




What I need:

For the chop:

  • 3 russet potatoes, boiled and grated
  • 1 tbsp corn starch [or more for binding the potato dough]
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Oil for shallow frying

For the coating

  • 1 tbsp fine semolina (suji)
  • 2 tsp white poppy seeds (posto/khus-khus)

For the filling

  • 2 small red beets , peeled and finely grated
  • 2 tbsp chopped carrot
  • 2 tbsp chopped green beans
  • 2 tbsp green peas [fresh or frozen]
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp poppy seeds [posto/khus-khus]
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • a pinch of cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp nigella seeds
  • 1/2 tsp white sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin seeds powder [bunajeera]
  • 1.5 tsp red chili powder [adjust to taste]
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil

How I did it :

  • In a small pan, on medium heat,let the oil heat.Once heated, temper the oil with cumin, nigella, ,poppy seeds,mustard ,sesame and coriander seeds.
  • Once the seeds start crackling, add the green beans and carrots to the pan and saute till the beans are slightly tender.About 3-4 minutes.
  • Next, add the grated beets and the peas.To this add the red chilli powder, roasted cumin powder, cinnamon powder, and salt.Cook the mixture for 5 minute till everything comes together.Remove the filling from pan and let it cool.
  • In a plate, mix the semolina and poppy seeds and keep aside for rolling the chops before frying.
  • To the grated potatoes, add the salt and cornstarch and knead together to form a soft dough.

  • To make the chops: Take a fistful of potato dough on your palm and spread it to make room for the filing.Take 1 tbsp of the prepared filling and put it on the potato dough and close to make elongated balls.[In a similar manner, the dough is filled for making stuffed parathas]
  • Heat the required amount of oil for shallow or deep-frying to medium high.Roll the elongated balls in the coating mixture of semolina & poppy seeds and fry on medium high heat till golden brown.
  • Serve warm with cilantro chutney & ketchup alongside a hot cup of tea.


  1. It is in best interest to check a small sample of potato dough first in hot oil to confirm that it dosent spread all over in th ehot oil.If it does add more corn starch for binding.
  2. Avoid using a starchy and sticky variety of potato, the one suitable for baking is the perfect choice.


Sending this to CWF-Poppy Seeds hosted at Cook like a Bong and started by Priya

Sending this to event Beyond five days of Durga Puja at Pree’s blog

Beetroot on FoodistaBeetroot


  1. That looks interesting–I’ve never had the bengali version, but the filling has so many veggies, it has to be good for you!

    Loved the “lost in translation” stories!

  2. beet chops looks wonderful tanvi ….u made them very beautifully

  3. These look amazing! And I agree sometimes the translated subtitles are hilarious! keke Oh and the comment about my party dress, not sure if you know. it was my apron hehehe (= Pretty huh. Thanks again for your support (=

  4. Looks super delicious!

  5. Tanvi,

    Bengali beet chops looks delicious. Regarding subtitles sometime there will none in certain part of movie, or something else is showing while they are talking something.

  6. Wow that looks so beautiful…very tempting chops..

  7. Doesnt the subtitles distract you??? i always end up reading it and miss out the scene;)
    The pops look delicious

  8. i’ve never seen this before -great idea!

  9. wow tempting & delicious too …………

  10. The translated subtitles are hilarious :D This is a great snack for sure !

  11. Really these funny subtitles are added masala ;-)
    I was wondering about your bong connection, then I saw ‘about me’ sec. Superb beet er chop. Perfect coating ,perfect frying…just everything:-)
    BTW I’m a bong.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  12. Delicious!Delicious!Delicious!

    Pushpa @

  13. Woww so cute and irresistible chops, very tempting..

  14. looks so lovely!!

  15. I think I’m going to have to start watching movies with subtitles now. Just for kicks.

    These beet chops look awesome! Almost like jelly stuffed donuts (that’s what they LOOK like to me!) but way healthier and probably tastier!

  16. Oh yeah, subtitles can be so funny. Don’t even get me started!

    Beet chops look lovely, Tanvi.

  17. Sweet Artichoke says:

    Do all these Bengali guys hate veggies? I also have to find very, very subtle ways so that Mr Artichoke eats his veggies…
    These cutlets/chops/ croquettes/ patties look delicious! Can’t have enough of beetroot :-)

  18. Very interesting recipe.

  19. Wowie, here’s the second recipe of the day I’m bookmarking from your site! These look amazing and must taste awesome!

  20. I just made these, and they are so delicious, as well as being beautiful!


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