I am resettling back into a normal routine now that the schools have reopened, blogging has taken a back seat for the time being till I settle down again in this schedule, give me some time friends I will be more regular at your space in a few days.
With the school functioning again comes a big responsibility of providing a healthy and wholesome lunch box which the kids will enjoy. My elder one gets lunch in his school so carries only breakfast but the younger one has to carry a lunch box for a mid time break. He would avoid eating roti-subzi so I have to constantly concoct new things which are interesting and tasty but at the same time provides him the essential nutrients important for his growth.
In my endeavor to provide a balanced diet I concocted this very easy cutlet which not only helps me utilise my left over rotis(Indian Bread) but also to use them in a very interesting and unusual way. I have earlier posted Rice and Roti Cutlet which was liked by many of the blogger friends and my readers, following the same line I used roti again to make the cutlets but not with rice this time.
It so happened that I had a badly managed kitchen last week as I was not keeping too well. S was trying hard to manage things at home but you can understand no matter how much he tried I am a better homemaker, I am sure all my women blogger friends will agree to that. I was left with a packet of rotis to finish in the refrigerator….now one might wonder rotis in fridge..here the temperature being too high the roti gets spoilt easily so if rotis are left, I pack them in zip lock and keep them in refrigerator and then use them later, S followed the same trend and asked me to finish them.
The end product in S’s words was the BEST FLAVOURED AND EXTREMELY TASTY THING THAT HE HAD IN LAST SO MANY DAYS. Now, I caught your attention right, I really thought it was a sweet exaggeration by S but when I tasted it personally, was bowled over by the taste, it was too good. It was extremely soft and succulent and simply melted in mouth, the flavour of mint just mesmerized me and one can not believe that there’s roti in it. Read the ingredients and procedure to believe it..do not go by my clicks I do not think they are doing a good justice here.
Makes about 20
4-5 leftover rotis
5-6 medium potatoes
1 small onion finely chopped
1-1/2 tsp amchoor pwd
a large handful of mint leaves
a large handful of coriander leaves
5-6 green chilies (check the spice level of your chilies and adjust)
4-5 garlic pods
salt to taste
2-3 tsp oil and oil for shallow frying
more semolina to coat
Mash the potatoes and add semolina to it.
Grind the rotis finely in a mixer grinder and mix it with potatoes.
On a non stick pan saute the onions lightly and mix it to the potatoes, by doing this onions do not leave water on adding salt.
Grind together coarsely the chilies, garlic, mint and coriander leaves and add this to the potatoes.
Add salt to taste, amchoor, 2-3 tsp oil to the potatoes and mix properly.
Let the mix rest for 10 mins then make small cutlets and roll them in semolina and shallow fry.
I made in both the ways by coating with semolina and without it. With semolina coating one gets a crunchy crust and succulence inside and it absorbs less oil too. You can see both the kinds in the picture and try the kind you like.
How I gave it in the lunch box.
In the lunch box instead of assembling a sandwich beforehand along with the cutlets I gave buttered bread slices along with a cheese slice and a sachet of tomato sauce separately to avoid sogginess. The kido assembles everything in school and eats it like a sandwich. Unfortunately I am not able to provide you a picture of the lunch box as my kids leave early in the morning, will surely try to post that later.