Sunday, December 4, 2011

Beetroot cutlet- it's baked not fried

For some reason, I had never ventured into making cutlets at home. I am not sure about the reason. Maybe because, I thought cutlets always had to be deep fried and that they were full of fat. Or maybe because, evening snacks are very rare at my place. So when there was this lone beetroot remained in the fridge, it never occurred to me that I could make cutlets from beets as well. After I decided to make beetroot cutlets, I wondered if it could be baked. After confirming from Google that cutlets could also be baked, I decided to  "bake" these after all. I must say that these are the best things that I have ever baked. They tasted just like the deep fried cutlets and did not miss the oil one bit. It tasted great with tomato sauce and it tasted even better with the flavored cream cheese.

Beet root cutlet recipe:
Preparation time- 20min
Baking time- 10min
Makes- 10-12 cutlets

Beetroot- 1med sized, peeled and grated
Carrot- 1 med, Peeled and grated
Potatoes- 2 med, boiled, peeled and mashed
Oil- 1 tbsp
Jeera or cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Saunf or fennel seeds- 1/4 tsp
Turmeric or haldi- 1/4tsp
Paprika powder- 1/4tsp
Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp
Aamchur powder- 1/4 tsp
Garam masala powder- 1/4 tsp
Chaat masala- 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Corn flour- 2 tbsp
Bread crumbs- 3 tbsp or as needed
Chopped onions and coriander leaves to serve


  • Heat oil in a wok and add the cumin seeds.
  • Once they turn brown, add the fennel seeds and fry for a few secs.
  • Add the grated carrot and beets and fry for a min.
  • Add the salt and turmeric and fry till all the water is absorbed.
  • Add all the paprika powder, chaat masala, coriander powder, and aamchur powder and fry for 2 mins more.
  • Stir in the garam masala and mix well and take off the heat.
  • Cool the mixture completely and mix along with the mashed potatoes.
  • Divide the beet-potato mixture into 10-12 equal sized balls and keep aside.
  • Mix the corn flour along with 3-4 tbsp of water and set aside
  • Take a ball and press lightly to form a circle.
  • Dip the cutlet in the corn flour paste and roll it on the bread crumbs. Repeat the process with all the cutlet balls.
  • Arrange the cutlets on a baking sheet lined baking tray and bake in a preheated oven at 225C for 5 mins.
  • Flip the sides of all the cutlets and bake for another 5-7min more.
  • Allow the cutlets to cool slightly and serve with tomato sauce or chutney of your choice.

These cutlets of mine will go straight to Kavi's jingle all the way event

To Julie's Christmas Delicacies event 

To midnight Maniac's Meatless monday Event

And to Priya's Fast food not fat food event


  1. lovely lovely lovely recipe! :D anybody baking something that should be fried gets my vote! :D
    photos are deliciously amazing! ;) Do send it across to my Jingle..event. :)

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  2. This guilt free snack looks amazing and healthy!

  3. healthy and colourful baked cutlets..

  4. that looks so colorful. i love beets..and baking is always a good option to fryng..

  5. Seriously those baked cutlets looks absolutely stunning,beautifully baked and marvellous..

  6. Nice cutlets! They look crispy and appetizing! Great snack!

  7. This is such a scrumptious idea! It would have never occurred to me to use beets, well done. Also love that they are healthy and not fried.

  8. wow...sounds amazingly deliciuos..
    love your cliks..

    Tasty Appetite

  9. Nishi,
    Beet root paratha maadteeni, Aadre never tried cutlet..
    Looks so delish, will give it a try..
    What a small world, u can relate to Mysore Mithai as well! So happy when I read it..

  10. Nishi,
    Beet root paratha maadteeni, Aadre never tried cutlet..
    Looks so delish, will give it a try..
    What a small world, u can relate to Mysore Mithai as well! So happy when I read it..

  11. I LOVE Beet Cutlets. We make these a little differently in Bengal. Diff. spices and with peanuts. I got a bunch of beets recently & should make it soon. Thanks for thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Another healthy bite,sounds great. Love the idea of baking!

  13. Very amazing ,delicious and guilt free snack..
    great recipe

  14. Looks yummy!! Beetroot has got to be my absolute favorite vegetable!! :)

  15. This is love. we make a very similar one in Bengal, with peanuts and ginger. Its like a street food. really nice photos.


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