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Spinach and Broccoli Patties/Cutlets

Thursday, August 06, 2009

I got this recipe from my friend Anu. ~Thanks Anu.
The ingredient measurements below are roughly given. There is no hard rule-use your sense of taste!

Spinach- 3 big bunches/1 frozen pack
Broccoli - 1 bunch /1 frozen pack
Onion - 2
Black-eye peas - 1 cup cooked
Potato (boiled or pressure cooked or cook in microwave oven until tender)
Bread crumbs (plus coarse semolina/sujji – optional )
Salt & Chili powder - to taste
Chaat Masala and Amchur (dried raw mango powder) for extra flavor.

Preparing the black-eye peas:
If you are using canned ones you are good to go. But I like make from scratch-it has a better taste. I usually buy the dried ones from the store. Put the black eyed peas in a bowl and add double the water of the peas. Let it soak for more than 8 hours. Drain the water and rinse the peas in cold water. Pressure cook the peas with water and salt. If you don’t have pressure cooker, boil the peas in a sauce pan until tender.
Since this is a long process, I prepare a big batch of black-eye peas and freeze the leftover portion for next time. In this way, when I come home after work and feel like making broccoli and spinach patties, I have to just take out the frozen black-eye pea and thaw it in microwave oven.

1. Put a spoon of oil in a pan on a medium flame. Toss in the cut onion and cook till the onions are translucent.
2. Add spinach and cook with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Watch out when you add salt to any green produce as the quantity of greens looks greater before cooking – afterwards, it reduces.
3. Once the spinach is half-way done, add broccoli and let it cook for 3 minutes.
4. Add the mashed potato and black-eyed peas. Mix it well.
5. Now add the flavor – salt (if needed), chili powder, chaat masala and amchur. Mix them all together and turn off the flame. Let it stay for a while so that it is cooled down enough to work with.
6. Prepare a baking tray by brushing oil on it or line it with aluminum foil and coat it with oil. I like the aluminum foil … because the cleaning is easy.

7. Rub bit of oil on your palm. Take a scoop of cooked broccoli and spinach mixture into you palm and shape it into a ball. Slightly press the ball and flatten a bit to form patties shape.

8. Roll the patties in Bread crumbs and semolina mixture - …this gives that extra crispiness to the patties. Place the patties on the greased aluminum sheet or the baking tray.

Note: You may cook the patties on a griddle/tawa if you don't have access to oven.

9. Place the tray in top slot of the oven and broil for 6 – 7 minutes or until the top is roasted. Remove the tray flip the patties brush little oil over it and place back in the oven, broil for 5 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the patties stay for 5 more minutes in the oven.

Serve hot patties with tomato ketchup, chili sauce, or mint chutney.

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