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Vegetable Cutlets in Tomato-Spinach Gravy

Veggie cutlet in tomato spinach gravy

Pan fried vegetable cutlets dipped in tomato-spinach gravy, couldn’t get any better…

If you feel vegetarian food is boring, you are definitely missing out on some of the cool ways to make vegetarian food fancy and delicious. Honestly, my Man does think vegetarian food is boring. On the other hand, I love veggie food especially vegetarian Kerala dishes.

The only way to make my Man eat vegetarian food is by making some fancy twists to it. This is one such dish, I made vegetable cutlets and dipped them in a delicious tomato-spinach gravy and served along with chapati. My man finished the entire platter in no time. It’s that delicious, you gotta try this and make your family love vegetarian food 🙂

I pan fried the veggie cutlet as less oil is used for pan frying. If you prefer, you could totally deep fry the cutlets. After I made the tomato and spinach gravy, I dipped the cutlets in it. This can be served as an appetizer or as a main dish along with chapati, naan or rotis.

Veggie cutlet


Veggie cutlet in Gravy

Vegetable Cutlet in Tomato-Spinach Gravy
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 5 People
For making Vegetable Cutlets
  • Carrots, shredded- 3
  • Peas- 1 cup
  • Spinach, roughly chopped- 1 cup
  • Cooked Potatoes- 3
  • Chili powder- 1 tsp
  • Garam masala- ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder- ½ tsp
  • Salt- ¼ tsp
  • Corn starch- 2 tbsp combined with ¼ cup water
  • Bread crumbs- 1½ cups
  • Oil- ¼ cup for pan frying
For making gravy
  • Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Onion, chopped- 2
  • Tomatoes, chopped- 2
  • Spinach leaves- 1 cup
  • Chili powder- ½ to ¾ tsp
  • Garam masala- ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  • Salt- ¼ tsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handfuls
Making Vegetable cutlets
  1. Cook the potatoes either in a microwave or in boiling water till they have turned very soft.
  2. In a large bowl, combine together: carrots, peas, spinach, potatoes, chili powder, garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt till well incorporated.
  3. Make small balls out of it and flatten between your palms. Keep aside.
  4. Place a frying pan over medium heat, let the pan turn hot. Add oil and let oil turn hot.
  5. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water together.
  6. Have bread crumbs ready on a plate.
  7. Dip the vegetable patties first in corn starch mix and then evenly coat with bread crumbs.
  8. Place over the oil and pan fry till both sides turn golden brown.
  9. If you prefer, you could deep fry the vegetable patties.
  10. Transfer the pan fried patties to a plate lined with kitchen paper towel.
Making Tomato-Spinach Gravy
  1. Place a saucepan over medium heat, add oil.
  2. Add chopped onions, season with salt and saute till onions turn translucent.
  3. Add tomatoes and spinach, cook for a few minutes till they have cooked through.
  4. Add chili powder, garam masala, coriander powder and salt if required. Combine well.
  5. Remove the pan from heat, let cool down a bit.
  6. Transfer to a blender and puree to a smooth paste along with ¼ cup water.
  7. Pour the gravy into a deep bowl.
  8. Place the pan fried vegetable patties on the gravy- as shown in the picture.
  9. Garnish with cilantro.
  10. This can be served as an appetizer or as a main dish along with chapati, naan or roti. Tastes Yum!




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