Crispy Veg cutlets with Soy nuggets

Savory and Protein-rich Veg patties flavored with Indian spices

My recipe for “Crispy veg cutlets with Soy nuggets” is made with soy nuggets as the primary ingredient and accompanies a variety of vegetables and Indian spices. I have added a crispy touch to the cutlets by coating them with shredded phyllo dough ( you can also use roasted thin seviyan (vermicilli) or bread crumbs in the place of shredded phyllo dough).

I have eaten vegetable cutlets that are loaded with potatoes, making them carb-heavy. This recipe balances the potatoes with shredded soaked soy nuggets and a variety of veggies. A mix of Indian spices adds flavor and spiciness to the cutlets.

You can eat the cutlets as a snack with a side of tomato ketchup or tamarind chutney or green chutney( made with cilantro and mint) that are commonly available in Indian grocery stores. We can also use the cutlets as a patty for the sandwiches.

Crispy veg cutlets with Soy nuggets will be an ideal snack for picnics or parties.

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Difficulty: Intermediate Cook Time 30 mins
Servings: 5


Crispy veg cutlets are made with soy nuggets, a mix of vegetables, and flavorful Indian spices. These cutlets are suited for vegans and can be eaten as snacks or as a meal for lunch or dinner.  



Indian spices and herbs


Other key ingredients


  1. Prepare the potatoes
    • Boil the potatoes in a microwave or a pressure cooker until they are soft
    • Peel the skin  
    • Grate the potatoes
  2. Prepare the Soy nuggets
    • Soak the soy nuggets in boiling water for 15 minutes
    • Strain the water and squeeze the soy nuggets so that they become dry
    • Using a kitchen blender or food processor, shred the soy nuggets. We need a smooth shred or a minced texture.
  3. Prepare the vegetables
    • Mince the green chilies
    • Shred/mince the carrots
    • Cut the green beans into thin rings
    • Chop the Cilantro 
    • If using frozen veggies, thaw them and keep them in boiling hot water for about 5 minutes
  4. Mix the Ingredients
    • Take a wide mixing bowl and add the grated potatoes and minced soy nuggets
    • Add all the vegetables, herbs, spices, cornflour, salt, pepper, and lemon juice
    • Mix well with your hands until you get a smooth mixture 
    • Check for the taste and adjust salt level
  5. Make the cutlets
    • Take about 4-5 tablespoons of the mixture and roll it in the palm of your hands to form a nice smooth ball ( approximate diameter of 1.5 inches)
    • Flatten the ball to form a flat cutlet of about 1/2 inch thickness. Roll the cutlet on its sides to smooth out the edges.
    • Depending on the size, we should be able to get 12-14 cutlets ( may vary based on the exact size and thickness of the cutlets)
  6. Prepare the coating for the cutlet crust
    • Mix the all-purpose flour with water in the ratio of 1:4 to prepare a smooth slurry. 
    • Mix 1/4th quantity of red chili powder, salt and cumin powder in the all-purpose flour slurry
    • Thaw the shredded phyllo dough. Once it is thawed, mince it using a kitchen blender.
    • We want 3-4 mm length shredded phyllo dough 
    • Arrange the items in the following sequence before getting ready to shallow fry : cutlets, All-purpose flour slurry, Blended shredded phyllo dough


  7. Shallow fry the cutlets
    • Take a thick and flat bottomed frying pan about 12 inches in diameter
    • Pour the cooking oil and heat it for 2 minutes
    • Take one cutlet at a time, dip it in the all-purpose flour slurry so that the liquid coats the entire surface
    • Next, dip the slurry coated cutlets in the shredded phyllo dough powder so that the entire cutlet is covered in shredded phyllo dough powder on all sides
    • Slowly drop the cutlet into the oil. The cutlet should be dipped in oil at least until half the thickness
    • Keep the heat at a medium level
    • You can add 4 cutlets in one round of frying. 
    • Turn over the cutlets after two minutes. Let the cutlets fry on each side for at least 2 minutes
    • When you get golden brown color on both sides, the cutlets are ready to be removed from the oil
    • Transfer the cutlets onto a plate covered with a paper towel. This will help absorb the extra oil from the cutlets.
  8. Serving
    • Serve the Crispy veg cutlets while they are still hot
    • The cutlets are best eaten with a side of tomato ketchup, or a combination of green and tamarind chutneys


  • You can prepare the patties and freeze them for a few days
  • OR you can store them in the refrigerator up to one week before frying them
  • The fried patties also can be stored for 3-4 days but need to be reheated before serving
  • You can use the cutlets as patties for sandwiches or burgers


Keywords: Cutlets, sandwich, patty, soy, nuggets, spicy, vegan, vegetables, mellowmasala,

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