Crunchy Corn and Green Chilli Aaloo Cutlets / Potato Cakes

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One of my brothers likes to tell the story of how when he was back in Karachi during one of his college breaks he walked into the kitchen to find a girl he had not seen before with her head submerged in our deep freezer, furtively foraging for something to eat. When he asked her who she was she responded by asking him who he was to which he said “I live here” to which she exasperatingly replied “I’ve never seen you before”. My poor brother then retorted with “well I haven’t seen you either” Once they has resolved their impasse and she had told him she was one of my friends he asked where I was and she said “not home” and continued to rummage through the deep freezer until she found these Corn and Green Chilli Aaloo Cutlets. Moral of the story:  food first, all else later.

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With their crunchy exterior and creamy spicy interior nubbed with corn these are one of my mothers trademark cutlets/kababs. The friend above was not the only one who would drop in after school to snack on these babies. They were pretty much a hands down favorite of most of my friends. Some of my happiest memories from those days are the ones that were made in my sweltering kitchen, friends sitting around the table, plates with cutlets and ketchup smears and lots of the unrestrained laughter that is the hallmark of teenage years. 

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As an adult, one who is forever ‘behind’ in the things that need to be done I can really appreciate how much work it would have taken for my mother to keep that freezer stocked for the hungry teens that were always welcome in our house – whether we were home or not. My hope is that by the time my girls are older they too can have that same experience. I don’t think it’s ‘cool’ for kids to hang out at each others houses when Starbucks is an option, but I would like to think that if you cook it they will come 🙂

Time to get my Aaloo Cutlets ready…!

Recipe Notes:

1.) This recipe for Aaloo Cutlets makes a lot, which is great because these cutlets freeze beautifully. The mustard powder flavour isn’t extremely pronounced, but I suggest you start with the 3/4t amount and try it and see what you think. The cheese melts into the potatoes for some extra flavour, but if you are looking for some gooey cheesiness then just cut the cheese into small blocks and make the cutlet around it!

2.) Shumaila at The Novice Housewife was kind enough to try these out recently and baked them instead of frying them. She recommends baking at 400 for 40 minutes, and basting with oil when turning them over and if visit her blog then you will immediately understand why I would incorporate her tips in a heartbeat 🙂

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Crunchy Chilli and Corn Aaloo Cutlets / Potato Cakes

Author Sarah - Flour & Spice

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds yukon/yellow flesh potatoes
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 - 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1 cup shredded cheese - cheddar or monterey jack
  • 4-6 minced green chillies
  • 3 - 3 1/2 cups bread crumbs Panko recommended
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. Cover the potatoes with water and bring to a boil.
  2. When they are tender then drain the water and peel when they are cool enough to handle.
  3. Transfer to a large bowl and toss in your butter and milk.
  4. Sprinkle over the three powders and mash away.
  5. Taste for seasoning. Please do remember that for a delicious kabab/cutlet you want the mix to taste a little salty, not positively briny, just a little salty.
  6. When the mixture is fairly smooth add your corn, cheese, chopped chillies and stir to combine. Line a tray or baking sheet with parchment paper or foil, pour your breadcrumbs in to a dish and whisk your egg in another with a splash of water. I think soup plates are ideal for the egg and breadcrumbs, but use whatever you fancy.
  7. Once that is done I prefer to make almost golf ball sized balls cutlets and fill my tray up with them.
  8. When the potato mixture is finished then with my left hand I pick one up give it an egg bath and move it into the breadcrumbs, roll it around with my right hand and move it to the tray (also with my right). So left is my egg hand and right is my breadcrumb hand.
  9. When you are ready to eat them then pan fry on medium high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side or till golden brown.

Recipe Notes

-It is always a good idea to do a 'test' cutlet before making all of them so roll a spoonful of potato mash into a ball, flatten slightly, dip in egg, roll in bread crumbs and pan fry. Taste. Adjust seasoning if needed. Yes I am a compulsive seasoning adjustor.
-These freeze beautifully. To freeze them just flash freeze on the tray you made them and transfer to a freezer safe ziploc bag for up to 6 months. Just remember to 'thaw' them a little before frying, either in the microwave or at room temperature.

In the mood for something else spicy and crunchy? Check out this crunchy spin on Lahori Fried Fish!

Lahori Fried Fish

 

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16 Comments

  1. These look fabulous Sarah…I love your story and can imagine how good your moms cooking may be. The addition of mustard and the green chillies sounds very good. I plan to give these a try.

    1. Thanks so much Zeba, hope you do and enjoy them as much as we do! mamas are the best cooks 🙂

  2. These look great! I definitely want to try them. Do you shallow fry in a pan, or do you have a proper deep fryer?

    1. Thanks Kim! I shallow fry these, if you deep fry them then they fall apart – do let me know how it goes!

  3. The description makes me want to make and eat them right now, instead I will pin the recipe for now and hope I make them soon, because they do sound absolutely delicious.

    1. Thank you Shamim! I haven’t ever tried baking these, but I do find that the tops crisp up reasonable well in less oil than you would use for standard cutlets. If you bake them then please let me know and I’ll add a little note here!

      1. Sarah, I made these the other day. I followed your base recipe and made these with a few of my additions and they were absolutely delicious. Thanks for the recipe, and for the commenter who asked whether you can bake them- I did with a little oil brushed on top and they baked super crunchy. I had to bake them for 40 min on 400 F, keeping a check on them and brushing them with oil after turning them over.

        1. oh wow I am so happy to hear this! thank you so much for trying this out – would love to hear what you added to them! that’s a really useful note on bake time, will update the recipe to incorporate it pronto