Saturday, January 11, 2014

Panneer Potato Cutlets

Living in a developed country means "HUGE". Almost nothing is under a kilogram at most supermarkets. Further, this is how one feels one is getting the bang for the dollar being spent. Like I felt when I picked up milk 2 weeks ago. Yes, 2 weeks ago. Coming from India where the milk would not last more than a day, here milk lasts for weeks. It is on my to do list to find out what it is that they add to make the milk last this long.(A friend clarified that the milk sold here is boiled and packed and therefore lasts longer. Thanks) So, I knew we would not consume all of the milk before the "best by" date and so I made some home made panneer. I use my blog as my recipe journal as well, which means, I revisit my own blog to check the recipe of dishes I have tried. Mom's panneer fingers are not on this as it is a business secret for C-store. So obviously, I don't have any written record of the recipe. Being in different time zones from your mother doesn't help either especially when she is definitely going to be fast asleep at the time that you are cooking up your meal.

So I just put together things that would make a good cutlet and it was good. 

Ingredients (makes about 25 cutlets, each of about 1.5cm in diameter) :
For the panneer :
  1. Milk (Full fat works best and avoid UHT/long life milk) - 1 .25 litres
  2. Curd/Yoghurt - 4 tbsp
  3. Vinegar - 1/2 tsp
For the cutlet :
  1. Panneer - from the above or about 3/4 cup of shredded/grated/minced panneer
  2. Potatoes - 1 large boiled, peeled and mashed
  3. Green Chilly - 2 sliced thinly or chopped
  4. Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
  5. Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  6. Bread crumbs - about 1/4 cup + more for dusting - see tips
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Oil for frying
How I made it :
  1. Pour the milk into a pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Just as the milk boils lower the heat and put in the curd and vinegar. 
  3. Mix well till you see the milk curdle and the fat separate. 
  4. Turn of heat. Drain the water to get fresh soft homemade panneer. Squeeze out as much water as you can from the panneer. This water can be retained and stored to be added to dough to make softer rotis or make naan.
  5. Now, add the panneer to the potato, green chillies, red chilly powder, garam masala powder. 
  6. Adjust the salt. 
  7. This may be a bit sticky so add the bread crumbs to make a dough that is not too sticky. Alternately, put into airtight container and leave in fridge overnight. 
  8. Heat oil in a kadai - sufficient to deep fry.
  9. Spread more bread crumbs on a paper or flat plate.
  10. Make small discs out of the dough. Dunk in more bread crumbs and press in those bread crumbs. Keep aside.
  11. Once oil is hot, deep fry the discs on both sides until golden brown.

Serve hot with pudina chutney or tomato sauce or mustard sauce

Tips :
  • You can make bread crumbs from fresh bread. Just put it into a mixie jar and use the pulse option.
  • If you want aired out bread crumbs, you could use dried toast or bread dried in the sun. These serve well to form that crust on the cutlets.