Eating healthy is like a mantra these days. Who won’t tell you to eat healthy? From your spouse to your parents to your colleagues to your friends to your neighbors to everybody you see around are all telling, “eat healthy”. What exactly is eating healthy? It is a very dicey question, the answer of which is different in everybody’s dictionary. While one side will tell you carbohydrates are a big no-no, the other side will tell you to eat your local carbs. While one side will tell you to go on a protein diet, the other side will tell you it will make you look man-like. While one side will tell you to go on a juice diet, the other side will tell you how much such a drastic diet can strip your body of essential nutrients. While one side tells you to go on a plant based diet, the other side will tell you the lack of proteins and essential amino acids will have a toll on your health. While one side tells you eggs and milk are good for weight loss, the other side will tell you that they will increase your cholesterol. OK, haven’t I made you giddy? I am feeling the same way too… 😀 I am no advocate of healthy eating, nor do I support unhealthy eating. We need to eat everything but in moderation. And we need to move around to push off the excesses – clearly the thing that I am NOT doing and I feel ashamed about. *putting my head down in shame*
Sometimes, when we crave for fried goodies, we try to suppress it. That is when I wanted to try baked cutlets. Cutlets are something that we love at home, whether for chai time or as dinner. The deep frying kind of scares me. Even if you decide to shallow fry cutlets, the sides have a different color when compared to the top and bottom, and makes it look really bad. You cannot compare the baked version with the fried version, nevertheless it does taste good. The good point is at the bottom of your heart, you feel good about eating it. 😉 Mushroom is not something that the folks at home like, especially the kids but still because I love it, I make sure I cook with it. Hehe… Even though I got some frowny faces with the comment, “Mushroomaa?” (Is it mushroom?), I didn’t have any leftovers. 😀 Sometimes it is OK to push down your likes through the throats of your home folks, right? 😉 You can apply the baking to any cutlet of your choice. Just grease the pan nicely, and brush some oil on the cutlets. Baking would keep it less brown, but the outer side was crispy. If you need a brownish tinge, switch on your grill and keep it in the oven for a minute or so, not more, you may end up burning them! Off to the recipe…
Baked Mushroom Cutlet
- 3 medium potatoes boiled and mashed
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
- 2 medium onions minced
- 4 green chillies minced
- 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 250 gm mushroom washed and sliced
- 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 eggs beaten with a generous dash of white pepper
- Bread crumbs as required
- Heat oil, Saute the ginger garlic paste.
- Saute the onion and chilli till soft. Add the powdesr and saute for a minute.
- Add the mushrooms till soft and all water evaporates.
- Add the potatoes and toss. Add garam masala powder, mix well and switch off.
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease a baking tray and set aside.
- Shape into patties, makes around 10-12. Generously coat in egg and then roll into the breadcrumbs.
- Place on the greased tray. Brush oil on the top.
- Bake for 15 minutes, flip the other side and bake another 15 minutes.
- Serve warm with ketchup or chilli sauce.