November 20, 2008

Indira’s Lentil and Almond Burger Patties/ Cutlets


Cutlets, as we refer to patties in India, are a popular tea time snack served in most middling to smaller restaurants right across the country. They would, perhaps, differ only in which vegetables are used to make them but most varieties of cutlets would have some potato in them.
These spicy little pan-fried (sometimes deep fried) crisp rounds which are soft on the inside are best eaten warm and usually served with tomato ketchup.




When I came across these Lentil and Almond cutlets at Indira’s blog I knew I was going to make them. They are very easy to make, don’t have any spices other than green chillies unlike Indian cutlets. They also have lentils and almonds as two main ingredients, the sound of which I found attractive.

I followed Indira’s recipe with some minor changes.
She sliced the almonds, whereas I ran the almonds in the small jar of my mixer/ blender to break them into small pieces.

Indira used tuvar dal (yellow lentils) while I used whole masoor dal (puy lentils). I also grated the carrots instead of chopping them up. I also used chilli powder instead of green chillies and I reduced the lemon juice to 1 tbsp.

Indira mentioned in her post that these cutlets were delicate. This was probably because the binding agent for her recipe was egg, which she left out. So I added 1 medium potato (microwaved and mashed) and two slices of whole wheat bread (after removing the crust) to the cutlet mixture before mixing it up in the processor.

These cutlets are good and don’t judge them too harshly going by my picture. I know my picture isn’t my best, but it was taken at night when there wasn’t enough light, I was too tired to go through the effort of setting up things for a better picture and my family was very hungry and waiting for dinner!

Serve them warm with tomato ketchup or use them to make vegetable burgers.
This recipe gave me 6 patties/ burgers.

Zlamushka of Zlamushka’s Spicy Kitchen is showcasing Indira’s blog, Mahanandi, this month at her monthly event Tried & Tasted. So Zu, this one’s for you.

These cutlets are also perfect for Suganya's Vegan Ventures Round 2 at Tasty Palettes, and for Susan's My Legume Love Affair whose 5th edition is being hosted by Simona of Briciole.


26 comments:

Happy cook said...

Yummy cutlets, they looks so delicious.
Love the presentation too.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

wow.. i might be interested in trying this one. low fat and easy snack. looks good.

Cynthia said...

these look quite good aparna. i reckon they'll be great with yoghurt and salsa too!

Curry Leaf said...

I agree with Cynthia-I always dip mine in thick yoghurt.Looks lovely and the presentation is very good.BTW,where is my share or r these only for Zlamushka ?hmmm .let me go and make these now!

Cham said...

This one looks gorgeous!

Pearlsofeast said...

Aparna, almonds sounds great and very nutritious.I can imagine the nutty taste and I love Indira's blog as her recipes very creative.

Vaishali said...

They look amazing, Aparna.

Sunshinemom said...

Lovely brown cutlets!I generally add cashew bits.

Sia said...

aparna, they looks really good. i like all the changes u have made in ur version. it would be really useful for viewers like us if u post ur recipe version:)

Ivy said...

Wow, what a great recipe. I would never thought of adding almonds.

Usha said...

The cutlets look amazing, I would have never thought to add almonds to my cutlets...

FoodyGuru (Srimathi) said...

Hi,

NICE...... forgot about this event.

Vij said...

Lovely looking patties Aparna! yummmmy

Priya said...

Cutlets looks delicious, never thought to add almonds.., yep for the eggless brioche, i used just 4tbsp of butter, next time might be butterless brioche..

Malar Gandhi said...

luv nuts cutlet....this version sounds diff' and interesting...

Lo said...

mmm. These are lovely!
I'll bet these would be delicious with a bit of yogurt.

Lo said...

mmm. These are lovely!
I'll bet these would be delicious with a bit of yogurt.

Purva Desai said...

First time to this delicious blog...
Cutlet looks crunchy and yummy

Lisa said...

One of my favorite treats are bean cutlets. Yet another one of your fine creations that I now want to try.

Anne said...

maybe this will be the veggie burger I can make without it falling to bits in the pan!

(not that that's all bad - i usually just stick all the pieces in a bun and cover it with a tomato slice.)

thanks for the recipe!

sra said...

I have a plate the exact same colour! Must remember potatoes can be MWed, I use my MW only to heat, and still I haven't learnt to work the oven in there!

Rachel said...

love cutlets..never had lentil ones though...

bee said...

it's a nice pic. lovely blend of flavours.

Simona said...

I love lentils. These patties are something I should really try. Thanks for participating.

Aparna said...

Thanks. The credit is really Indira's and yes, she has a wonderful blog.

Cynthia, Sweatha & LO,
Never tried cutlets/ patties with yogurt but sounds good.

Sia,
I understand. I just didn't want to repost Indira's recipe as I didn't make too many changes.:)

Welcome to my kitchen, Purva.

Anne, you just need to increase the binding agent a bit. Mashed potatoes, bread or chickpea flour usuall helps. And egg, if you use it.

Sra, anything I can do to get you use your oven? :)

Thanks. Nice to see you back, Bee.

HoneyB said...

I have bookmarked this! Sounds delicious! The vegetarian in me so wishes Grumpy would become one (no chance in the near future anyway). I grew up eating mostly vegetarian as my mom chose to eat that way (dad didn't) so I had both and definitely prefer veggie!