Let me give you a little background. First of all, we were all recovering from the flu as you are probably aware from my previous post. Poor guy had his Jeera rasam and soup all week. He then begins to feel a little better and guess what he wants - fried food! You can't blame the guy! And then he decides he wants the same cutlet he had for years traveling in the Deccan Queen train between Bombay and Pune. He used to work in Pune and live in Bombay and so this was a daily ritual supposedly! Guess the flu awakened all kinds of nostalgic senses in his mind. And then he decided he'll do it himself! Good for me! Go ahead Honey!
So if you travel in the Deccan Queen train between Pune and Bombay, let me know if there is something like this - or if it was just his make up story to eat fried food! LOL!
I cannot give you the perfect measurements for these things - but you'll get the idea.
Boil, peel and mash potatoes. Add finely chopped beans, carrots and peas to the mashed potatoes. Add salt, a pinch of turmeric powder, and about a tsp of garam masala. Mix well.
Toast a few slices of bread till well done. Cool down till crisp and then grind to a fine powder. Or you could buy bread crumbs from the store.
Shape the mashed potato mix into long pieces like this. Trust me - I do prefer round cutlets and did not like the look of this but this is how Deccan Queen apparently makes it - so I have no say here. Its all about Deccan Queen today!
Make a thin watery batter of rice flour - yes..rice flour. He did not use maida or besan. Don't ask me why. I don't know.
Dip the shaped cutlet in the rice flour paste first.
Then, dip the wet cutlet into the bread crumbs so the crumbs stick to all sides uniformly.
And then deep fry them in oil. This is the best part...my man got his wish! Fried Food!
Don't they look gorgeous - check it out one more time! I'm obsessed!
Now, take plain white bread slices and keep one cutlet on top of the bread. Top off the cutlet with Maggi Hot and Sweet ketchup - that gives that one extra kick.
Does that look good or what? Almost looks like a desi hot dog.
Thank you Deccan Queen for inspiring dinner at our place today and for feeding my husband on all those days when he was tired and traveling back. And for fostering the love of fried food in his heart, body, mind and soul!
Enjoy. Peace out!