January 6, 2011

Sweet Potato Pesto Cutlets

The new year is here. And my only wish is that it is a good year for each and everyone of us. We began 2010 with friends at a hill station and hoped that the year would have a lot of travel. I must admit, I felt a little cheated in this regard. Not only did we not travel all that much, the few trips that I did have planned, I had to cancel for different reasons. Yet, even on that front, I did travel to my favourite cities in India: Bangalore, Madras and Hyderabad. And eventually moved to settle down in my second most favourite city in the whole world. So, while I do feel a little cheated, on the whole, the year turned out just fine.

Coming to this post. How do you like to spend your weekends? My ideal weekend would be one where I wake up at leisure and find breakfast ready whenever I do. I like to laze around more during the day and just have different meals magically appear at different times of the day. But we all know that is not how most weekends of mine turn out (or any for that matter).

On days when we wake up closer to lunch time, I try to make a full south Indian meal for the first meal and then like to make something "snacky" for later in the day. The decision about dinner is usually left for later. Here's one such snack idea. It is perfect as a snack and can even double up as a meal.

2 Sweet Potatoes, boiled and peeled
1 Potato, boiled and peeled 
2 slices Bread, crumbled
1/4 cup Soya Granules, prepared according to the instructions on the pack
2 tbsp Parsley Peanut Pesto
1/4 tsp Chilli Powder
Salt to taste

Oil for frying

Mash the sweet potatoes and the potato together. Add the crumbled bread slices and the soya granules and mix well. Add the other ingredients. Make small balls of the mixture and flatten each to form a cutlet.

Heat a frying pan and place the cutlets in the pan. Add a few drops of oil around the cutlets. Cook for 2-3 minutes on one side. Turn over and cook the other side for a couple of minutes, adding a little oil if necessary.

Drain on absorbent paper and serve with some tomato or chilli sauce.

This was the first time I cooked with yellow sweet potatoes. We enjoyed the cutlets and I'm sure I'll be making these babies again.

Happy and Healthy 2011 all of you!


Raji said...

Yummy looking cutlets..loved the addition of soya granules..

Jayashree said...

I so often dream about food appearing on the table without me having to do any cooking :-)
The cutlets look wonderful.

sanjeeta kk said...

Never tried cutlets with sweet potato. These look delicious & sounds healthy too!

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Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

Wish you a great 2011. I love sweet potatoes but never thought of having them in cutlets. It is a good idea and not complicated either.

My ideal weekend is to just wake up late, have brunch, read and chat with loved ones, not rush through my tea and then just enjoy the sun and go back to sleep or watching movies...:)

Prema said...

very unusual cutlets,love this with a tea...

Unknown said...

Cute little cutlets...:)Happy new year!!:)


WinnyNinny PooPoo said...

This weekend in sweet potato weekend at my house - going to try this one!

sra said...

Those cutlets look really good! I tried making some with leftover hummus today, they started smelling like spirit after I mixed the bread into the hummus - now c/o dustbin!

Hope you have lots and lots of fun this year and you get to do whatever you want!

Subhie Arun said...

cute lil cutlets...perfect shape..n yummy
hapi new yr dear!

Raji P. said...

Just today at Whole Foods I saw sweet potato quinoa rice cakes (ball shaped mounds) with brown rice smushed in there too. I need some recipes like that to pack for kiddos' lunches - can you create some for me?! nutritionally dense yet easy to pick up and eat. Yummy would be an added bonus :)

Anonymous said...

This is really something new to me! I can't wait to try the recipe!
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Laavanya said...

I always end up making sweet potato fries - must try these patties andthe pest touch is awesome.

Deeba PAB said...

Raaga I am envious of you. One day I want to wake up closer to lunch too...and with kids that is not looking like happening anytime soon...sigh! Love the flavours you gathered in these cutlets...mmm!
Happy New Year. Enjoying beautiful SIN?

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you Raaga. Cutlets look deliciously and the soya adds to the health quotient. Guess you could use them as burger pattis too.

Satya said...

I love cutlets and these look so crispy on the outside and yummy on the inside...nice


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Unknown said...

Hi there, first time on your blog - very interesting cutlets - I tend to use a lot of sweet potatoes myself- Lovely post :)

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious cutlets looks wonderful to snack
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Shruti said...

potatoes are my fav !! happy check out my food blog :)

Maahi said...

Wow...yummy cutlets..gonna try it tomorrow. Thanks Raaga