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18 July, 2014

Spicy beef or mutton cutlets-Indian style

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I was just sitting here, in my sofa, sipping a nice, strong, sweet cup of tea, reminiscing the good old days when I was in school. Not that I loved being in school…I’m talking about all the other parts of childhood, like every evening after school, my dad would take me to a local bakery in Thalassery, Kannur, where he would buy me cutlets that were absolutely, positively to die for. I don’t think there will be anyone who wouldn’t love these cutlets…except for vegetarians, and people looking for a low-fat diet…Hmmm. Anyway, by the time we reach the bakery, I would be so hungry that I would gobble down 3 or 4 large cutlets in a few seconds, like I was in a cutlet eating contest.

In case you don’t know the strict definition, in Indian cuisine, a cutlet specifically refers to cooked meat (mutton, beef, fish or chicken) stuffing that is fried with a batter/covering. The meat is cooked with spices – onion, cloves, cinnamon, coriander (cilantro), green chillies, lemon juice and salt. This is then dipped in an egg mix and then rolled in breadcrumbs, and fried in ghee or vegetable oil. This recipe here is the Spicy Indian style beef cutletsone of the cutlet recipes that I love, and I hope you will love it too. I also remove as much of the fat from the meat as possible, so that you can enjoy the cutlets, and not worry about the fat going straight to your thighs, or getting your arteries clogged.

You will need the following ingredients:

Lean ground beef2 pounds/1 kg

Chopped onions1 1/2 cups

Chopped green chillies1 1/4 tablespoons

Chopped garlic1 1/2 tablespoons

Chopped ginger1 tablespoon

Chopped fresh Pudina/Mintleaves1/2 cup

Chopped coriander leaves/Cilantro1 cup

Fresh ground pepper1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala1/4 teaspoon,/span>

Potatoes(mashed)4 large

Lemon juice3-4 tablespoons

SaltTo taste



Start by cooking the meat with a pinch of turmeric, and a pinch of salt, in a pressure cooker for about 10-15 minutes on a high flame. The good thing about cooking the meat this way, is that when you open the lid, you can see all the fat from the meat in a gross yellow liquid, all of which you can drain off.
Next, heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a large deep pan, and add the onions, garlic, ginger, and green chillies, and sauté everything together for 2-3 minutes…
Beef cutlets

Up next, add the coriander leaves, and mint leaves, and stir them around…
Beef cutlets

Add the fresh ground Telicherry pepper with its robust, pungent flavor, and the garam masala…
Kerala style Beef cutlets

Now add the cooked ground beef…
Beef cutlets

And the mashed potatoes, add the salt and mix everything together…
Beef cutlets
Pour some lemon juice in there…
Beef cutlets
Next, make patties out of the meat mixture, dip it in beaten egg yolks, and roll them in breadcrumbs…
Kerala style beef cutlets
Next shallow fry the patties in oil, 3-4 minutes on each side…
 Indian Beef cutlets
And serve immediately!

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