Chicken cutlets are my idea of comfort food. The crispy outside and soft and juicy inside can make any dull day of mine better! And I am really glad that I learnt to replicate Amma's cutlets :)
These are fixed for any Kerala Christian family menu. It is served at lunch ,as a snack in the evenings for tea, as an accompaniment for dinner . They are a must at all the Kerala Christian wedding lunch menu.
There are different versions of it. Some add crushed dry red chillies too. Whichever form it is made I just LOVE cutlets, chicken especially.
Recipe by my mom
Chicken, minced- 500g
Onions- 3, finely chopped
Ginger garlic paste-2 1/2 tbsp
Garam masala-1 1/2 tbsp
Green chilli - 4-5, finely chopped [depending on your spice level]
Potatoes-3, big, boiled and mashed
Salt and pepper to taste
Egg-1, slightly beaten
Breadcrumbs-for rolling[ We usually make fresh bread crumbs at home, they are much better]
Oil for deep frying
- Heat oil, saute the ginger garlic paste till you get a nice aroma.
- Add the onions,green chillies and saute till the onions are soft and transparent.
- Add garam masala and mix well.
- Add the minced chicken& potatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Cook for 5-6 mins or till done.
- Take it off fire and let the mixture cool
- When cooled, divide them into balls, flatten it in your palms. You can shape them into squares, small balls, ovals, rolls etc.
- Dip them in beaten eggs and roll in the breadcrumbs.
- Deep fry in hot oil. Drain and serve hot!
These can be made ahead and froze for a month. Thaw and deep fry them.
You can make vegetable cutlets using the same recipe substituting carrots & beans for the chicken, but omit ginger.
That's the pineapple from our garden, it was grown in a flower pot [Amma's brilliant idea :D]
We had a short & sweet trip to Kuttanad,[my motherland 2 days ago] on our way to pick up our new car. Below are the few glimpses of the most beautiful place I have ever been to.