Today's recipe is Cutlet with Soya Chunks. I like these soya chunks cutlets because of its easy preparation. They are very soft inside and crispy outside. I prepare them mostly for potluck parties and get-together. I go for deep frying when I need to prepare this recipe for a large gathering. If you choose deep frying method, it doesn't require any precooking like we used to do in vegetable bread cutlets. Simply mix all the ingredients, make round patties and deep fry them.
Sometimes, I prefer shallow frying method when I prepare this dish in small batches as it requires precooking and takes little long time. This time, I shallow-fried all the cutlets and hence sauteed the mashed potato and soya chunks mixture with masalas. Now off to the recipe.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Soya chunks / Meal Maker - 1 and 1/2 cups
Potato - 2 nos, small size
Oil - 2 teaspoons + to fry cutlets
Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoons
Curry leaves - 3 strings, roughly torn
Onion - 1 no, small size, finely chopped
Ginger garlic paste - 2 teaspoons
Red chilli powder - 2 teaspoons
Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
Amchoor powder / Dry mango powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Chat masala - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt - to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
All purpose flour - 1 tablespoon
Corn flour - 1 tablespoon
Water - 1/4 cup or as required to make medium consistency batter
Breadcrumbs - 1/2 cup
1) Wash potatoes and pressure cook or boil them. Once done, peel the skin and mash it well. Meanwhile, add the soya chunks in the boiling water with a pinch of salt for 15-20 minutes(or cook as per the package instructions) and squeeze out the excess water. Mash it using fork or grind it in a mixer. Squeeze again the excess water.
2) In a pan, heat oil.
3) Add cumin seeds when it is hot and allow it to crackle.
4) Add the onion, curry leaves and saute till onion becomes soft.
5) Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute
7) Add the mashed potato and soya chunks and give a quick stir.
10) In another bowl, add the breadcrumbs.
11) Heat tawa/pan. When it is hot, dip the patties into the flour mixture one by one to make a coating and then make a coating of bread crumbs.
13) Repeat the procedure for the rest of the patties.
1) You can also pressure cook soya chunks along with potato. If you choose the pressure cooking method, make sure to squeeze out the water from the soya chunks completely. Otherwise, you can't make patties.
2) Make a coating of batter and breadcrumbs just before frying the patties to get a crispy crust.
3) If you choose the deep frying method, simply mix the boiled potato, soya chunks and other ingredients and start making cutlets. No need to precook the ingredients as said above.
4) I used the large sized soya chunks. Soya chunks are also known as Meal Maker and Nutela.