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!

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
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

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.


  1. This is so new to me. Bookmarked!

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

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

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

  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 !!!

  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!

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

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

  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

  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!!

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

  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. :)

  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.

  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.

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

  16. Thanks Rachana, Chetana and Pari


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