Veg cutlet recipe – Simple, easy and delicious vegetable cutlet that can be served for a Evening snack with a chutney or dip. A green chutney or a Schezwan sauce goes best with these. These cutlets can be baked, deep fried or shallow fried to suit one’s diet and taste. Veg cutlet are made using a combination of veggies with potato as the base for binding.
Folks having diet restrictions towards consumption of potatoes can use sweet potato or yam or even raw banana (plantain).
Vegetable cutlet are a popular snack on the Indian restaurant menus. These are crumb coated and pan fried yet they turn out great with a crisp texture. Cutlet are best served hot with some green chutney or sauce.
To make veg cutlet, you can use any veggies of your choice. This time I used potatoes, peas, carrots & french beans. Other veggies that go well in a cutlet are broccoli, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, yam and beetroot.
To perk up the nutrition you can also add in some leafy greens like spinach. I some times add soaked and drained soya granules to lend a great texture.
Cutlet can also be used as patties to make Veg burger.
Tips to make best veg cutlet recipe
1. Always steam or boil the vegetables al dente and not mushy. This prevents the cutlets from turning too soft from inside.
2. 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.
3. 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)
4. Shallow fry them until crisp on a low to medium flame. You can also bake them.
5. You can flavor the veg cutlet mixture with any spice powders you like. I have used garam masala.
- 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
Veg cutlet recipe | Vegetable cutlet recipe | How to make cutlet
Ingredients (1 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
How to make the recipe
Preparation for cutlet recipe
- 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.
NUTRITION (estimation only)
If you are a beginner or new to Indian cooking, I highly suggest you to check the supporting step by step photos for best results. Step by step photos with description available below after the recipe card.
Veg cutlet recipe – Preparation
1. Firstly chop beans, carrots and potatoes to small cubes. You can also use cauliflower, beets and cabbage. I used green peas as well.
2. Steam them together until just done in a cooker or steamer. 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.
If the veggies have lot of moisture in them they soak up lot of oil and do not bind well.
3. Next mash them well.
4. Add coriander leaves, green chilies, garam masala, cumin and ginger paste. Mix everything well.
5. Add bread crumbs. I prefer to use 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 option.
How to make vegetable cutlet
6. Mix everything well. The mixture should be non sticky and must not be soggy. Take small portion of this and make patties.
7. Next make a thin batter using 2 tbsp of besan or rice flour. Patty need not be coated with much batter. If it becomes moist it is just enough.
8. Place it on the bread crumbs. 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.
9. Repeat doing 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.
10. Heat 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.
11. Lastly flip the cutlets to the other side and fry until golden.
Serve veg cutlet with green chutney or any dip.