Beetroot Cutlets with Quinoa

Beetroot Cutlets with Quinoa
Beets cutlets

I was dreaming about the beautiful seaside café in the town I was born  – Pondicherry and the most exciting India Coffee House located right by the Gandhi Statue… a terrace where we sat inhaling the salty moisture of the Bay of Bengal while we waited with great anticipation for the cutlets… They were beets and potatoes served with raw onions on the side … We could not get enough of those! And this as usually rounded of with THE best cold coffee I have had! We came home completely sated. But no ICH here and I am my chotu or Lakshmi or who ever usually works in our homes in India L

A simple, healthy low caloric cutlet (burger) – Really?!! Yes that is what I am presenting you with two ingredients that have been touted as the best foods in their categories of seed/grain and vegetable- I am talking about Quinoa Flakes and Beets.
The recipe is really cinchy!  It is wrought from a mom who wants to keep it really simple and yet have the WOW effect! Needless to say it was a hit! The quinoa flakes act as the binder much like bread crumbs do.
beets and QF cutlets
5 medium sized beets
1 ½ cups of Quinoa Flakes
1 cup of peas and carrots
1-2 green chilies
2 sage leaves
5 sprigs of Rosemary
1-inch stalk of thyme (about 10 tiny leaves)
1tsp curry powder
Peel and cook beets in open stove in a pasta boiler or mw (do not pressure cook or they will get soggy)
Add the peas and carrots (I used frozen thawed)
Add salt
Add the quinoa flakes and mix in well
I tried making these in two methods
Method 1
A flat pan (like a dosa pan) I added 1tsp of oil and made little flattened balls and cooked them for about 5 minutes and flipped them over for another two minutes and then remove from heat
Method 2
I used my now ubiquitous  up-pum pan to make these. Perfect sized, half the oil  and wonderful soft, patties, crisp on the outside – voila!
Check out the pictures!
And I served them up with raw onions with cut up chilies and lemon juice squeezed on top.  Eat with me folks J
beets cutlets

Posted on

August 26, 2011


  1. we are cutlet lovers too!!

  2. I love beets and I love quinoa….now is there anything i dont like about this cutlet!!?…yummo all the way!

  3. These cutlets look wonderful with the dark color and lovely ingredients in it…

  4. I must say these look realy, really good! I don't think I've seen quinoa flakes before…I do have some red, white and black quinoa, and love to use it. It's on my list, will have to look for it. I wish I was sitting in that oceanside cafe though enjoying it with some cold coffee!

  5. Vowww!! cutlets carry lovely colour…very healthy diff snack…
    thanks for sharing

  6. Beet cutlets look amazingly tempting and inviting. No to forget it is a very healthy dish as well.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. wow, i love the healthy ingredients here of quinoa and beets here. two of my daily staples!!! 😀

  8. Ooo Priya..Dont remind me of the Indian Coffee house Cutlets..I am soo craving for it!!
    I loved the idea of adding Quinoa flakes!! Soo going to try this one:-)

  9. Cute bites…I can bite 'em off anytime…

  10. I'm craving for this deep fried delight right now.

  11. Wat a vibrant colour,delicious healthy cutlets..

  12. WOW! My favourute yet of all your posts 😀 2 of my absolute fave ingredients- thank you. We are just harvesting our homegrown beets at the moment too… I will be sure to try this one. I will probably serve them with some kind of relish/ tahini sauce and maybe some organic alfalfa sprouts. Yum! going to pick beets NOW!

  13. yummy pinky cutlet,

  14. Healthy & addictive…I loved the color too!!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  15. Delicious and yummy pink colored cutlets…looks so tempting.

  16. looks delicious and healthy!!

  17. I used to hate beet! But this is an amazing way of turning something you hate into a delicacy you can't stop eating! 😀 I tries it & it came out wonderfully! Thanks! :)

    Kavi, Edible Entertainment

  18. superb! its looks..

  19. Love Beets in any form for their color, taste and nutrients. Cutlets are looking very nice and tempting, Priya!!!

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  20. Wow this is really your presentation and looks so delicious!

  21. This recipe is amazing! Unique combo but bet it's super yummy and nutritious! Thanks dear for the lovely idea!

  22. Healthy Cutlets…looks YUM…would like to grab a few :).


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