I grew up eating these beetroot chops at our Bengali neighbor's house. The word “Beet chops” was etched in mind even before I knew of words such as cutlet or patties or tikkis even existed. Beetroot Chops or rather Vegetable chops are a popular Bengali street food and they make a perfect, healthy snack for kids. I never had a problem eating beets during my childhood and I can say the same to my kids too. Even when I first introduced beets in their diet they took to it very happily unlike other kids who refuse to eat the veggie.
But I cannot say the same thing about my hubby as he has a problem with red colored veggies and fruits. He is the only person who I’ve come across so far that hates watermelons and strawberries for the reason they are red in color. There are numerous ways you can make and cook these patties. You can stuff them with paneer (Cottage cheese) and roasted nuts, grill them, deep fry them, add whatever veggies that your kids refuse to eat as beets have an amazing way of staining whatever it comes in contact with, that your kids won’t even know what went into these patties and will happily gobble it down without complaining.
I make these mixed veg cutlets whenever I clean the fridge and find stray veggies. I just make them into patties and store them in the fridge without cooking them in an air tight container. The next day morning, I just have to thaw them a little bit before cooking and Voila!, a healthy snack is ready for my kids to be packed to school.
- I normally add bread slices (fresh or stale) while mixing the vegetables to absorb excess moisture if any and use bread crumbs for coating before cooking.
- But since the challenge is to make this recipe as a Vegan, I avoided bread slices and used gram flour (Chickpea flour) instead. You can also use semolina (Sooji/Rava) for dusting.
- If you do not have both bread or chickpea flour to use for binding, feel free to use corn flour or rice flour.
- You can also bake or grill these patties instead of shallow frying.
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Labels: Bengali Cuisine, Gluten Free, Snacks, Street Food, Vegan Recipes, Vegetable: Beetroot