Veg Cutlet Recipe (Vegetable Cutlet)
Veg Cutlet made with mixed vegetables, herbs and spices makes for a great tea-time snack that your whole family will love! Did you know that cutlet is one of the most popular snack eaten across the world. Cutlets come in different shapes, sizes and kinds but one thing is common – They are crisp and additively delicious! These vegetable cutlets are a flavor bomb, super delicious and healthy as they are pan fried.
The word ‘Cutlet’ is derived from the French word ‘côtelette’ and were a typical starter/appetizer in the French Cuisine. Later they became very popular across the world and are made in numerous ways. Veg cutlet are popular in the Indian cuisine and are made with vegetables like potatoes, carrots, peas, herbs and spices. Like the traditional cutlets, our vegetable cutlets are breaded and fried until crisp.
You may be wondering what a vegetable cutlet is
A veg cutlet is a simple mashed and spiced vegetable patty that is dipped in batter, later dredged in bread crumbs and fried in oil. There are vegetarian and non-vegetarian cutlets made in Indian cuisine. However in all of these versions, potato forms the base of the patties.
This recipe of vegetable cutlet is simple, healthy, gluten-free and vegan. For making any kind of cutlet we need bread crumbs or flour to bind the ingredients. But my recipe can be made without both of them by simply replacing bread crumbs with flattened rice/ poha or roasted gram flour (sattu).
In this post I have shown making cutlets without bread crumbs, for both binding as well for crumb coating. However if you don’t have poha, then you can simply use bread crumbs or panko crumbs.
Apart from potatoes I use peas, carrots and beans. Sometimes I also use cauliflower, baby spinach, broccoli and sweet corn kernels. For a meaty texture you can also add some soya granules (vegetable textured protein).
Sweet potatoes, yam, raw banana and even grated beetroot can be used. But remember that the taste of your cutlets will depend on the veggies you use. So use only the vegetables you like.
These veg cutlets can also be served as burger patties in a Veggie Burger. But are best served with
Mint chutney or chilli sauce.
Apart from making a great tea time snack, they also make a great appetizer & party snack.
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How to Make Veg Cutlet (Stepwise Photos)
1. Firstly rinse and chop 8 french beans, 1 large carrot and 2 medium potatoes to 1 inch cubes. You can also use cauliflower, beets and cabbage. I used half cup green peas as well. After chopping you should be having
- 2 cups potatoes
- ½ cup French beans
- ¾ to 1 cup carrots
2. Add them to a steam basket. Pour 1½ cups water to your cooker or steamer. Place a rack or trivet and then place the steam basket in the steamer. Cover and steam them together until just done. They must be soft cooked and firm but must not be mushy or soggy. If cooked in a pot, drain them up in a colander completely if any moisture is left.
Instant pot: To cook in instant pot, pressure cook for 3 minutes and let the pressure release naturally.
3. Make sure there is no excess moisture in the veggies. If the veggies have lot of moisture in them they soak up lot of oil and do not bind well. Next mash them well with a masher.
4. Add 3 tablespoons fine chopped coriander leaves, 1 to 2 chopped and deseeded green chilies, ½ to ¾ teaspoon garam masala and 1 teaspoon ginger paste. Mix everything well. I have also added half teaspoon roasted cumin seeds if you want you may add. I have not listed this in the ingredient list in the recipe.
5. Add 6 tablespoons bread crumbs. I prefer to use ½ cup powdered poha. I used thick variety red poha. Even white poha can be used. It absorbs moisture from the veggies better than bread crumbs and is a healthier yeast-free option. To make the poha powder, simply grind half cup poha in a grinder.
Shape Vegetable Cutlet
6. Mix everything well. The mixture should be non sticky and must not be soggy. Take small portion of this and make 12 patties. Also prepare crumb coating, add half cup bread crumbs or half cup coarsely powdered poha to a plate.
7. Next make a thin batter using 2 tbsp of besan or rice flour and 3 to 4 tbsps water in a small bowl. Place the patty in the batter. Patty need not be coated with much batter. If it becomes moist it is just enough.
8. Place it on the bread crumbs or poha. Make sure the patty is coated with bread crumbs on both the sides. You can also use coarsely ground thick variety poha or crushed cornflakes for this. Here I used white poha powder.
9. Repeat this for all the patties and place them on a plate. Leave this aside for about 5 to 10 minutes. This helps the bread crumbs to stick well to the patties. Press down gently each cutlet so the coating sticks well.
10. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a small pan. Shallow fry or bake them. I used 3 tsps oil for every batch of 5 patties. You can reduce this quantity to 2 tsps. You can also air fry or bake these cutlets following my pro tips section below.
11. Lastly turn the cutlets to the other side and fry until golden.
Serve veg cutlet with green chutney or any dip.
- Always steam or boil the vegetables al dente and not mushy. This prevents the cutlets from turning too soft from inside.
- Mash the veggies and then add bread crumbs or poha powder or besan to reduce the moisture in the veggie mash. My preferred choice is powdered poha as it is a healthy choice than the bread crumbs.
- The veg cutlet are dipped in batter made of chickpea or rice flour then crumb coated to make them crispy. You can also coat them with coarse crushed poha (powdered poha)
- Shallow fry them until crisp on a low to medium flame. You can also bake them.
- You can flavor the veg cutlet mixture with any spice powders you like. I have used garam masala.
Baked and Air fryer Veg Cutlet
To bake these veg cutlets, preheat the oven to 360 F or 180 C for 15 mins and place the patties on a greased tray. Bake them for 20 minutes or until the tip becomes golden and crisp.
To air fry, place the cutlets in the air fryer and spray some oil. Air fry at 360 F or 180 C for 16 to 18 minutes.
Air fried and baked cutlets won’t turn golden brown like these. But if you want them golden, then roast the bread crumbs first until light golden and use them for crumb coating.
- You can also add half cup crumbled paneer to the mashed veggies to make paneer veg cutlets.
- Half cup grated mozarella or cheddar cheese can also be added to make cheese cutlets. If using cheese, double coat the cutlets so that cheese doesn’t come out of the cutlets and mess up.
Veg Cutlet Recipe (Vegetable Cutlet)
For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card
Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )
Veggies for cutlet
- 2 cups potatoes cubed (2 large) (or sweet potatoes or yam)
- ½ cup green peas (frozen or fresh)
- 1 cup carrot cubed (1 large)
- ½ cup beans chopped (6 to 8)
- 3 tablespoon coriander leaves or cilantro finely chopped
- ½ teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
- ¾ teaspoon ginger grated or paste
- 1 to 2 green chilies finely chopped (skip for kids)
- ½ to ¾ teaspoon garam masala
- 6 tablespoon bread crumbs or ½ cup thick poha powdered or roasted besan
- 4 tablespoons oil or as needed
For crumb coating
- 2 tablespoon besan or gram flour or rice flour or corn flour
- ½ cup bread crumbs or powdered poha for the crust
Preparation for Cutlet
- Steam or boil veggies until just fork tender.
- I pressure cooked all the veggies together for 2 whistles on a medium heat with half cup water.
- You can also steam them in a steamer or cooker until tender and soft. Do not make them mushy.
- Drain any excess moisture if left and use up in your soups.
- If you do not have bread crumbs, just add some poha to a mixer jar and make a fine powder.
- Add the boiled vegetables to a mixing bowl and mash them well.
- Next add bread crumbs or powdered poha, salt, grated ginger, garam masala and chilies as well to the veggies.
- Mix everything well to make a non sticky dough. If needed, add more bread crumbs or powdered poha to make it non sticky.
How to make Veg Cutlet
- Divide the cutlet dough to 13 to 14 parts. Roll the dough to balls.
- Then flatten them gently and make thick patties. Set aside the veg cutlets aside in a plate.
- In another plate add ¼ cup bread crumbs or powdered poha for the crust. Set this aside.
- Add besan or rice flour to another small mixing bowl. Pour water just enough to make a slightly thin batter.
- If you want a thick crust over your cutlets then make a slightly thicker batter.
- Arrange all the 3 – Cutlets plate, batter bowl & bread crumbs plate side by side.
- Next dip each vegetable cutlet in the batter on both the sides.
- Then Place them on the bread crumbs. Gently coat them with the crumbs all over.
- Place them back on a plate aside for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Repeat the same steps of dipping them in the batter and then the crumbs for all the veg cutlets.
- Just before frying, gently shake them off in the plate to remove the excess crumbs.
Frying Veg Cutlet
- Lastly heat 1 tablespoon oil for shallow frying in a wide pan. When the oil turns hot, gently place the veg cutlet in the pan.
- Fry them on both the sides until golden and crisp. Set aside and fry them in 2 batches using oil as needed.
- Bake for about 15 mins on each side or until golden and crisp.
- To bake the veg cutlet – Preheat the oven to 180 C for 15 mins and place the patties on a greased tray.
- Serve veg cutlet with green chutney or any sauce.
Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.
For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.
NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)
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Cutlet recipe first published in October 2015. Updated and republished in July 2021.
I’m Swasthi Shreekanth, the recipe developer, food photographer & food writer behind Swasthi’s Recipes. My aim is to help you cook great Indian food with my time-tested recipes. After 2 decades of experience in practical Indian cooking I started this blog to help people cook better & more often at home. Whether you are a novice or an experienced cook I am sure Swasthi’s Recipes will assist you to enhance your cooking skills.
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My family is a big fan of cutlet. Veg, fish & chicken, just any cutlet is our favorite. I tried this recipe last evening and to my surprise they turned out more delicious than I thought. Thank you for this amazing cutlet recipe.
Ragini, so glad to know they turned out delicious. Thank you!
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Made these cutlets in the air fryer. They turned out delicious however I did not achieve the same color as yours. I use panko crumbs and followed the recipe exactly. Any advice on how to get the golden crust. Thank you
Thanks for trying Dani. If you air fry for a little longer you will be able to get it. Alternately you may toast the crumbs first in a pan until light golden and use to bread. Hope this helps
I liked your cutlet recipes and am trying it out today. I didn’t know aboutPoha being added and let’s see how the taste differs.👍🥰
Thank you! I am sure they will turn out good.
also what is exactly poha flour? I found poha in the store – its flattened rice, so to make flour I have to just grind it?
Yes. you have to grind them.
Just made it for my toddler! Hope she will like it, because I definitely do! Thank you
Yes I am sure she will!
Can I use all purpose flour instead of besan or rice flour ?
I don’t suggest because you won’t deep fry these cutlets. So all-purpose flour may remain raw or undercooked inside.
Hi if I want to only bake and not fry the cutlet, how long should I bake the cutlet in the over for?
Bake them for 20 mins. Turn them to the other side and bake again until crisp.
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I love ur recipes. Any recipe I have tried, it turns out amazing. I made these cutlets as an appetizers. My kids could not stop eating. It was delicious! Thank you for sharing.
So glad to know! Thank you so much for leaving a comment!
The cutlet tasted absolutely yummy.. thanks for the recipe. My one concern is that the cutlet was tooo soft.i did add some bread crumbs to the dough. The patties didn’t break but didn’t hold too strong either.. the dough was a bit sticky.. how do I make a firm cutlet ?
It just needs more bread crumbs or poha powder. Try with poha. Take a look at my pictures. The mixture has to be almost dry and non-sticky before making the patties. Add as much poha as needed. With bread crumbs the taste will be more of bread. Hope this helps
Tasty but labour intensive. The issue I faced was, the veggies did not get uniformly cooked in the cooker..tho I tried twice, 2 whistles each time. I then picked out the diff veggies and steamed them seperately..next time will just do that – steam each veg seperately. Also, tho we are low chilli eaters, the 2 de seeded chillis made it too bland, added 1/4 tsp chilli pwd. Tookabt 4 min each side…do share approx timings to cook, in the recipe. Used poha powder to bind, rice flour batter and bread crumbs crust. Guests enjoyed it..but this is one of the rare recipes here, I would not attempt again without experienced help! Disclaimer- am a novice cook.
You felt it difficult because your veggies didn’t get cooked well. But this recipe can be made so easily if you have well cooked veggies. The cook time for veggies vary because you and I live in different countries. The veggies available to you may take longer to cook and mine may cook faster. So you need to adjust the cook time.
Any Recipe available online has to be customized a bit to suit your taste like – adding more chilli, spice powders etc. Again the same thing here, you may be using a different kind or from different brand. Hope this helps in further.
Hi taste was very good but I have a few concerns…
1. Some cutlets were nice while some were gummy
2. Sides were not getting cooked
I steamed the veggies for 15 mins in my instant pot. I also substituted rice flour mixture with egg white. Overall nice recipe but doesn’t match frozen veg cutlets..
This recipe has not been tested with egg white. I don’t think egg will get cooked if pan fried. I have never eaten a frozen cutlet so don’t know. But to make it from scratch with fresh ingredients this is the best.
Can i add paneer and corn to it?
Yes you can
I have tried many of your recipes including this one and always turned out delicious.
Glad to know Deepti
Thank you so much
Tried these cutlets and it was very tasty. Loved the idea of adding poha powder.
Glad to know Winnie
I tried yr veg cutlets and it came out great.Thk I for this superb receipe
You are welcome
How long for steaming these veggies in steam mode in instant pot? Is it quick release or natural release?
Steaming time can vary depending on the size of veggies. If steaming in a Instant pot, use a steel or glass lid with vent. Keep checking so they don’t turn mushy.
Hi, can your recipes be doubled or tripled for a large family or should I just make multiple batches? I just found you, I watch a lot of cooking videos (4 or 5 from India) and everytime I hear a spice, herb, vegetable etc… I pause you tube and Google. I have even learned a tad of the indian dialect just do not test me. 🙂 thank you for sharing your county, dialect and of course the recipes. Please stay safe. DJ
You are welcome! Glad to know! Most of my recipes can be doubled or tripled except a few. This recipe can be done. Hope you enjoy more Indian recipes. Feel free to post in your queries. Thanks much and You too stay home, stay safe!
I always look at your blog while searching recipes. I love that you share pics of each step for ease. Thank you so much!!! Keep posting recipes 🙂
You are welcome! Glad the pics are useful. Thank you so much!