Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Potato-Carrot Pav/Pau Cutlets


Spring Rains and nostalgia for spicy hot monsoon snacks brought about this happy melange of dishes!
Yesterday: Pav/Pau Bread with Vegetable cutlets that worked well for a lunch pack, with leftovers for dinner paired with Carrot Corn Soup  with flavours of garlic and basil paired with a failed french bread that proved to be delicious dunked in the soup!

The past few weeks has been a track of 'catch-up' on sundry works around the house and yard, plus a couple of new projects,  a failed  baking attempt at French bread, which left little time to blog on the daily dishes: Rice, Dal, Spinach, Moru Curry, Chutney's  and Chapathi's!


Ingredients
8 small red skinned potatoes
1 medium carrot, grated
1/2 of a medium white onion, finely chopped
3 tbps finely chopped fresh coriander
1/2 tsp grated ginger
2-3 crushed garlic cloves
1/2 tsp cummin seeds
1/4 tsp saunf/aniseed
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp Pav Bhajji Masala Powder [MDH brand used here]
One can substitute any garam masala here.
1/2 tsp red chilli powder [ optional]
1/2 tsp Paprika Powder
salt
2-3 tbps of vegetable oil plus,
Enough oil to shallow fry the cutlets
Cutlet batter
Home-made breadcrumbs
2 tbsps Corn flour
3 tbps water

Method
Boil and mash the potatoes, keep aside.
Heat 3 tbsps of oil in a pan and temper the cummin seeds and saunf,
Add the onions, ginger and garlic, saute until soft
Add the carrots and saute for 3-4 minutes
Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, paprika powder and mix well
Add the Pav bhajji Masala and saute for a couple of minutes
Add the mashed potato and mix well
Add salt and finely chopped coriander into the mix.

Make a smooth mix with corn flour and water  in a bowl and keep aside.

Scoop out portions for cutlets [ used a bowl ladle]
Dip in the cornflour mix
Coat evenly with bread crumbs
Shallow fry with oil in an tava/ iron griddle.

Serve with mint chutney  and garlic-chilli powder on the Pau/Pav Bread. Used my old recipe for the Pav bread; the texture comes out great.  However still could not get that golden color on the pav.

19 comments:

  1. This is so new to me. Bookmarked!

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  2. Wow its been long time havent tired or say had this. Your looks perfect. thanks for posting

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  3. looks perfect & nice recipe too, must have been really tasty

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  4. Thats a droolworthy cutlets, love the addition of pav bhaji masala, will try to add next time in my cutlets..thanks dear..

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  5. Hello ?,

    Carrot Corn Soup and some pav and veg cutlets, Mmmmmm, that's a nice warm dinner!!

    so, trying to master the baguettes? nice, good luck !!!

    and your pav breads look great; for the shiny golden colour, try brushing the top with a solution of water and sugar/honey or else an egg wash would be perfect too an egg beaten with a tsp of water ..

    your cutlets look delicious, well garnished, crispy and perfect !! have a nice day !!!

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  6. Thanks Vinolia! 2 small carrots and half an onion had to used!!!!!:-)
    Wanted to keep it vegetarian and I tried the milk coating on the pav; but next time will try your suggestions for the golden colour!

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  7. Cutlets are looking healthy. Must have been quite filling too.

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  8. Thanks Chitra! They were and worked well for dinner! :-)

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  9. Dear Q
    How are you? Been quite irregular on visiting blogs and missing great dishes..so just catching up.
    I like this cutlet specially the spice combo, i.e the Saunf seasoning and the pav bhaji masala ..great..now Monsoon is knocking at the door ( in Delhi it will be in July though) and I must remember to make this cutlet.
    Have a nice day

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  10. Thank you Ushnishda! I have to do a lot of catching up myself! I tend to reach out for saunf since it is next to Jeera in my spicebox!! :-)
    Monsoon in Delhi is beautiful; the dead and the sleeping and their surroundings have a beauty that makes Delhi endearing to the outsiders!!

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  11. cutlet looks perfect... crunchy and crisp...

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  12. Mine did not, may be the leaves here are pretty small.To avoid the strong flavor, I add coconut milk at the end to dampen the mint flavor. Try adding less pudina is you aren't sure. :)

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  13. Dear ?

    I have got a lot of responses asking about the source of custard apples in this season...so have updated my post, please have a look on my blog.
    http://rachanakothari.blogspot.com/2010/05/custard-apple-lollies.html

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  14. Dear ?
    First time to ur lovely space...the idea of a cutlet wit such strong spices inspires me to jump out of my couch and cook up a spicy storm.
    Following u..will be bk..between cool klicks.
    Chetana
    www.myrecipegalore.blogspot.com

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  15. Hi Q. I just loved the idea of adding pav bhaaji masala and the cutlets look droolworthy.

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  16. Thanks Rachana, Chetana and Pari

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