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7 Sept 2009

Vegetable Cutlets

A reader Shahana had left a comment on the previous post about taking lemon juice after fasting.She says it is not good to take an acidic drink in an empty stomach. Many think so.I believe, if the stomach is empty or full, lemon is a good thing to drink.Since long am practising the same and haven't experienced anything bad with that.When I was a child , I had read in a book (prophet's medicines, I think) the only sour thing which do not harm our body is lemon. I don't know how much of this is true. (I have never found a hadith regarding this until now.) You all know, Arabs use only good and healthy ingredients in their cooking. And lemon is widely used in Middle Eastern Cuisine.
I have read some where, the acidic quality of lemon changes to alkaline after it is digested. You can read similar words here,
Foods such as orange juice and lemon juice are acidic in their natural state but turn alkaline after they have been metabolized in the body. As such, for dietetic purposes they are usually considered to be alkaline forming foods despite being acidic prior to consumption. Most fruits are alkaline except a few that include cranberries, plums and prunes. These fruits are classified as acidic because they contain acids the body can't metabolize.
Feeling irritated after a heavy meal?
Squeeze half of lemon into a glass of warm water, add enough salt and Drink! :)
Today, a lovely snack for you from my yesterday's iftar, enjoy! :)

Ingredients used,
Beetroot 1 grated
carrot 1 grated
onion 2 chopped finely
garlic cloves 4 chopped
ginger 1 " piece chopped
green chillies 4 chopped
coriander leaves 2 Tb sp chopped
curry leaves 1 stalk chopped
pepper powder 2 tsp
garam masala powder 3/4 tsp
potatoes 4 medium

For covering,
bread crumbs
egg 1

How to make,
Boil and peel potatoes, mash it and keep aside.
Break egg, beat it.
Heat oil, saute onions with garlic cloves.
when it is semi-transparent, add ginger and green chillies with coriander leaves and curry leaves.
Saute for a while until the smell of ginger comes, then add beetroot and carrot.
Add salt and stir, keep covered on a low flame.
Stir occasionally to avoid sticking to the pan.
When it is half cooked, add the powders and mix well.
Allow to cook until done.
Switch off fire, allow the mixture to cool.
Mix it with mashed potatoes.
Apply little oil on palms, make small balls.
Press it between palms to shape cutlets.
Adjust the edges by pressing slowly on palms.
Dip the edges in egg batter, then roll over bread crumbs.
Allow bread crumbs to coat evenly on the cutlets.
Deep fry in hot oil.
Serve with salads and sauce..!
Note: If you use any other vegetables like cabbage , peas etc. please adjust the amount of using other ingredients.

See other cutlet recipes here..


  1. njan ithu innale undakki seena :)

  2. Cutlets look delicious and crispy, i love the addition of beetroots!

  3. Interesting facts about lemon Seena...the cutlets looks scrumptious :)

  4. Perfect cutlets seena!!

    Hope You are doing good:)

  5. thanks a lot seena for sharing the info bout lemon...wel i really didn kno these things n dat its mentioned in phrophetic medicine too...n hopin 2 c more info on other food items too in ur space...really glad 2 c dat salkaaram is a lot more than a recipe blogspot....shahna

  6. Ho...kothippichu..ithu kandappo college canteenum hostelindauthe bakeryum orthu..professional ketto.

  7. assalamualaikum

    thanks for information on lemon.. hope ramadan is going good...

  8. Alaikkum salam Abida!
    thanks, Alhamdulillah.. fasting is going well with us..

  9. Wow Seena this look delicious! I bet these taste wonderful I have been using beetroot a lot recently.

    Also about the lemon juice, it does change to alkaline in the body, lemon juice is also antibacterial. :-)

  10. Cutlets looks amazing! Yummy! I know many people who get up and have lemon juice early in the morning...doesnt seem to harm them so I guess it should be ok.

  11. Looks very good, Seena. Happy fasting to you!

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  13. Nannayitundu dear.....fasting engine povunneda......

  14. i love cutlets..vegetable or beef...ultimate tea time snack with a chaya on a rainy day!;-D

  15. hi Seena,

    tried this recipe with chicken mince, was yum yum yummy. even my hubby who usually does not eat cutlets, liked them.

    thanks for the recipe


  16. Thanks Sam! its a nice idea of adding chicken mince, so you can take both.. :)
    Eid Mubarak to you..

  17. Hi Seena

    Approximately how many cups of onions would be 2 onions as per this recipe. Since onions, tomatoes comes in different sizes, I often get confused on the amount to be used.


  18. Hi, sorry for being late to reply.. :)
    For two onions 1 cup will be enough.. :)

  19. I made cutlet.but it was not breaks into crumps.why


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