How is weather in your part of the world???The temperatures have steadily dropped in here.It was 32 F here today..though no snowfall!Its gloomy, grey and windy for past 2 days and totally the kind of weather which I absolutely HATE! It makes me passive and sucks away all my enthusiasm to do anything.I dun mind sun even in summers coz atleast everything looks bright and vibrant.P makes fun of me and tells me to save some sunlight in a tight bottle for the night-time :)This whole weekend I was shopping for woollens and fooling around in the Vegas casinos to keep my mood kickin I had really good stuff at some of the finest bakeries.Vegas is already full of tourists because of the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays.To stay warm,I love sipping tea every other hour in this cold weather and a little snack with that.
The recipe for today is an absolute delight coz its healthy and non fried!I made these cutlets for breakfast on Saturday alongside some chicken rolls and these were so good and a big relief from those regular potato ones.I know that I am gonna make these quite regularly now.The ingredients are mainly mexican but the recipe is Indian I particularly liked the taste added by boiled green grams [hara channa] to the mix.No bread crumbs, no cornstarch,completely vegan and totally healthy.We had the leftovers with lunch!.You can use pinto beans or black-eyed beans, garbanzo beans etc in place of green gram.My idea was to avoid potatoes and try something new.I did not need any binding agent coz the beans are super starchy, however if you do for whatever reasons, feel free to add some!These are not super crispy but they taste really good!
My mum always says that the shape and look of the thing that you eat decides the way you look.More clearly, as per her,eating potatoes, cauliflower and root vegetable will make you look rounded and eating leafy vegetables,squashes will make you look slender!!I used to ask her that if I will eat lots of bread, then will I look fair like white bread or not??Quite funny it is…but if you think of it seriously, some of it might be true too.So mum…I saved eating some potatoes & bread both!! Below goes the recipe.
- 1 cup boiled black beans, boiled
- 1/2 cup green gram [hara channa], boiled
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
- 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell peppers
- 2 green chillies, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro [or parsely]
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh ginger
- 2 tbsp corn meal
- 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
- 2 tsp red chilli powder
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- Salt to taste
- Oil for skillet frying
- Cornmeal for the crust
How I did it :
- Mash the black beans and green gram together coarsely.
- Add all the spices , onions, bell peppers, chillies, lemon juice and corn meal, mix well to make a smooth mixture.
- Wash your hands clean. Smother some oil on your palms. Take the above prepared mixture, and shape the mixture into flat patties. Keep aside on a plate. Continue preparing cutlets until you get the number you need.
- Cover the plate with cutlet with a plastic wrap and chill for about 10-15 minutes.This will set the cutlets and they will not spread while cooking.
- When about to cook , roll the cutlets in cornmeal mixed with some salt.
- On a tawa/griddle/skillet/pan, pour 1 tbsp of oil and on a very slow heat ,cook these until the cutlets crisp dark brown on both sides.Cook these in batches.Add more oil if required.
- Serve warm with some cilantro-mint chutney and tomato ketchup.
- Test a small sample first to ensure that it’s not spreading on the hot skillet.If it does, add some cornstarch to the mixture.
- These will form excellent patty for burgers or pita pockets.
- These can be shallow or deep-fried too.
- You can add as many kinds of veggies as you want to these cutlets or even some minced meat.
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