The Escapades household loves cutlets and patties in almost all forms. In fact to make up for the slacking away here, after I read this post of Nupur’s on after school snacks, I pulled out a few frozen ones that I had sitting in the fridge and made them to go with my chai today.
My formula is real simple, a nice starchy vegetable with lots of body as the base, add any more vegetables of choice, bread crumbs, spices, herbs to taste, shape up into cutlets, fingers or bullets and fry in a shallow pan with very little oil. infact, for about a dozen or so of the cutlets, i use just about a tablespoon of oil.
Raw Banana Mint Cutlets
2 medium Raw Bananas (boiled with skin on and peeled)
1 medium Potato (boiled and peeled)
1/2 cup Fresh Pudina (Mint Leaves)
1 slice of fresh / dried bread
salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
1/4 teaspoon Garam Masala (optional)
In a large bowl, add the boiled and peeled green banana, peel the potato and add it to the bowl. with your fingers, mash it till there are no lumps.
grind together the bread, mint leaves, red chilli powder and garam masala (if using) and add it to the banana-potato mix. Sprinkle the salt and lemon juice and mix.
Make 12 equal parts, roll between your palms into a ball and flatten slightly.
heat a pan with a teaspoon on oil (i used a non stick one). when the pan is hot, place the cutlets without overcrowding them and fry on both sides till golden brown. Repeat with all the cutlets. Serve with sauce as an appetizer, or with ragda or as a side with a nice dal/ sambhar and rice. you can also stuff this into a roti with salad and a bit of this spread to make a roll.