Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Bitter Better Health - Methi(fenugreek) Soy Vegetable Cutlets


Bitter foods may not be pleasing to your palate.But the impressive health profile of some kinds of bitter foods might just want you to give them a try.Strangely,bitter foods were considered poisonous and not consumable for long.Until recently medical studies have shown some can offer amazing health boosts ,including prevention and fighting diseases.Read more about the studies here and here.

Fortunately for me,bitter wasn't an alienated taste,some like bitter gourd and fenugreek were pleasantly familiar in mom's cooking.
Tips on making the bitter more palatable :
* Make the start with more commonly available ,like black coffee,cocoa and extra dark chocolate.
* Balance the taste ,pair them with other mildly flavored fruits,nuts and vegetables to balance the unpleasant taste.For instance cooking bitter gourd\melon with onions can help even the bitterness.And Spinach with mustard greens worked perfectly in the ever so popular North India's favorite green side dish.
* Use the right cooking method,overcooking might add to the bitterness of the food like coffee and mustard greens.

I'd love to learn more about them from the enthusiastic foodies out there.Join me in the bitter better journey and help learn more ways to implement these good foods in everyday cooking.For the Health Nut Challenge 4 : Bitter Better Health

1.Cook with any of the following bitter foods list(or others you know of).Mention briefly about the health benefits.Can use cocoa or coffee to make lightly sweet desserts or snacks.Remember excess sweetness can mar the health benefits of bitter foods.

Bitter Better Foods

* Bitter Gourd\melon(Karela)
* Fenugreek(Methi) Sprouts
* Bitter greens and herbs like Mustard greens,Turnip greens, Fenugreek(Methi),Dandelion greens,Watercress,Swiss Chard
* Chicory family vegetables and greens - Radicchio,Endives,Escarole, Frisee ,Arugula
* Unsweetened cocoa
* Extra Dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa
* Green Olives
* Black Coffee
* Flax seeds or meal


2.Please don't send the entries through e-mail.Just leave a link of your blog post(old or latest) under the comments section of this post by March 10th 2010.I'll be glad to include it in the round up.And lastly link back your post to this page.


Methi(Fenugreek leaves) Soy Vegetable Cutlets



Methi(fenugreek leaves) are fairly common herbs in Indian Cuisine.Lightly bitter,its best in flat bread(parathas) , lentils(dals), Meat(Chicken or lamb) or any stir fried vegetables.

Soy nuggets or granules are perfect vegan source of high protein.Nutrela soy nuggets or granules are commonly available in most Indian stores.Although one can also find other brands in health food stores.This recipe is recreation of the one on the Nutrela box.The bitterness of Methi in the cutlets is well balanced by the mild flavored soy,potatoes and lightly sweet carrots and peas.Cooked chicken breast or turkey can also be used instead of soy granules.
Recipe :
Ingredients
1 cup Soy Granules
1/4 cup Methi(Fenugreek) leaves,finely chopped
1 medium potato ,boiled , peeled and mashed
1 cup vegetables,boiled and mashed(I used peas and carrots)
2 small green chillies,finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon hot chili powder or cayenne
pinch of Turmeric
1 teaspoon spice mix of choice(I use garam masala + amchur powder)
1 tablespoon Canola oil

Method
Cook the soy granules
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil,add the soy granules,let cook for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.Let cool for 10 minutes.Strain the water in a fine colander and rinse under cold water.Then squeeze all of the water from the granules and transfer in to large mixing bowl.
Mix and Shape
Add rest of the vegetables,spices and Methi in ,mix well well to make a even mixture.Take about 2 tablespoon of mixture and shape them round or diamond.Lay on plate.Can be frozen in freezable containers for future use.
Roast
Heat about a teaspoon of oil at medium heat and lightly roast the 3-4 cutlets at a time ,about 3 minutes each side.Add a teaspoon of oil for each batch of cutlets.Serve warm as snack or appetizer.

98 comments:

Priya said...

Wow Yas, wat a fantastic methi soya cutlets..looks incredible!!!Will send my entries for ur next edition of healing foods..

Bergamot said...

Simple and healthy is the mantra of ur dishes!! Never added methi to cutlets so will try it sometime.

Ayesha said...

I like methi more than karela. Methi in cutlets is a good one.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

An interesting recipe! Bitter food does not upset me...

Cheers,

Rosa

sowmya.s said...

yummy cutlets..nice recipe...

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Will definitely participate in the challenge. Great looking cutlets.

Hey, I have something waiting for you at my space.Please check it out.
http://pangravykadaicurry.blogspot.com

Asha said...

That's chockful of healthy combo Cutlets. Looks perfect! :)

chakhlere said...

lovely cutlets. Great way of making kids eat methi...They looks so nice and yummy!!

Happy cook said...

We never get fenugreek leaves here. Delicious and healthy cutlets.

Shri said...

Very healthy,Yasmeen!

5 Star Foodie said...

I can't find any fanugreek either but if I do, I'll definitely give these delicious cutlets a try!

Gita said...

Different and healthy cutlets Yasmeen...looks tasty....I have all the ingredients for this cutlet...I can try it out soon :)

Organic said...

I'm not so fond of better foods other than few like cocoa,black coffee and mustard greens.It would be interesting to know more.Thanks for yet another healthy theme.

Organic said...

ooops...I meant bitter foods

Mythreyi Dilip said...

I love bitter foods Yasmeen. My favorites are Bitter gourd fry and Methi chapati. Cutlets looks absolutely tasty and nice click!
Will surely try this:)

Sirisha said...

My mother used to make the best stuffed karelas.Hence we love it as grown ups.Methi of course is also my favorite.

chrystad72 said...

wow!!! Those cutlets look amazing. Thank you sssoo much for sharing. This is such a cool challenge and I love all the fabulous info you give. Have a wonderful day!

n33ma said...

Happy new year.Methi makes everything tasty and fragrant.Perfect cutlets.

Sarah said...

Yummy cutlets.Not so familiar with fenugreek.Black coffee is only bitter food I consume.

PJ said...

methi soy cutlets look so good and very healthy too! nice use of soy granules here. This is an interesting challenge, although I cook with most of the bitter vegetables, it is not something I have palette for, so you have put me into a thinking gear now of what I should submit for this :)

bed frame said...

This is a fantastic soya cutlets! Simple and healthy at the same time!

Pari said...

Looks so healthy.

Faiza Ali said...

WOW!! healthy cutlets indeed with the soya and methi leaves..Nice recipe..I will try this next time.
And nice challenge...will try to participate for sure.

tasteofbeirut said...

I am learning so much with your posts! Never heard of the soy granules; the cutlets look 5-star to me!
Cheers!
By the way, I am not being ungrateful, I just never received the products, or maybe it got lost or stolen while I was gone. Not to worry.

Mallugirl said...

my last 3-4 posts were on bitter food! i will surely send u the link.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Can i send something with fenugreek leaves also?

Yasmeen said...

Sure you can,Lubna :D

Rachana Kothari said...

Would love to send some recipes to your "Bitter Better Event"
By the way, the cutlets look great:)

SE said...

these look incredible...very inviting..will send my entries for the event

Shabs.. said...

Hey yasmeen....that post was very informative......never used soy chunks and methy leaves in my cookery.....Is methy leaves and mustard greens the same?.....i guess thats a dumb question, but i have never used them....

Spice said...

Love all the bitter foods.......& def. count me in for the challenge

Yasmeen said...

Shabs,
Fenugreek(Methi) and Mustard greens (Sarson)are both bitter greens but not the same.

Dershana said...

Yasmeen, Nice event and that is such an interesting recipe. i love both texturised soy as well as methi greens.

i have an entry for you. here is the link http://thefootloosechef.blogspot.com/2010/01/fenugreek-potion-for-pms-and-fenugrek.html

Spice said...

Hi Yasmeen,
Posted Salmon with methi today, here's the link :
http://spicebuds.blogspot.com/2010/02/salmon-in-fresh-fenugreek-ginger.html

Kamala said...

Hi Yasmeen,
"Bitter Better Health" theme is very useful.
Here is my recipe: Mullangi Keerai (Radish Greens) Poriyal for this event.
Link: http://www.cookatease.com/mullangi-keerai-radish-greens-poriyal

Padhu said...

Dear Yasmeen ,I have sent my entry for the event Bitter Better Health The link is
http://padhuskitchen.blogspot.com/2010/02/bitter-gourd-curry.html

Priya said...

HI Yas..

Am sending an entry for this bitter better health event..pls do check here..

http://priyaeasyntastyrecipes.blogspot.com/2010/02/onion-sesame-methi-leaves-crackers.html

Thanks
Priya

Graziana said...

I have to try your cutlets!

This is my entry:
Sprouted Fenugreek Soup
http://www.erbeincucina.it/450.html

Sowmya said...

yummy cutlets...nice clicks...you've got a very nice space...count me for this event....

Silpa said...

Does cranberry count for this bitter foods, as it tastes bitter..

Yasmeen said...

Thank you Dershana,SpiceBuds, Padhu, Kamala, Priya, Graziana for your great entries.:D

Silpa,
Cranberries are sour and tangy,and don't qualify as bitter foods.:D

Shirley said...

Hi Yasmeen,
I just happened to find your blog and your challenge. I happen to have a post on bitter gourd, can I enter? Will link it to you.
http://enrichingyourkid.blogspot.com/2009/12/bitter-gourd-flatbread-karela-paratha.html

Silpa said...

Hi Yasmeen,

I do reposted three of my entires for bitter better health

PLS do check here

http://konasaniskitchen.blogspot.com/2010/02/methimustardpotato-reposted.html

jayasree said...

Check out my entry here

http://kailaskitchen.blogspot.com/2010/02/methi-kofta-in-kadhi-friday-kolam.html

simply.food said...

Cutlets look delicious and lovely click too.

Stumbled across your blog by accident ,but I really enjoyed your posts and the events you are hosting.Would love to share some recipes for the event here.


http://simplysensationalfood.blogspot.com/2010/01/gujarati-methi-thepla.html
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http://simplysensationalfood.blogspot.com/2009/02/muthia.html
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http://simplysensationalfood.blogspot.com/2008/12/gujarati-karela-sabji.html

Yasmeen said...

Thank you for your entries, Silpa,Shirley,Jayasree and SimplyFood :D

Shirley said...

Hi Yasmeen,
I have updated the post. Thank you.

SE said...

Hi Yasmeen, my entry for the event:
http://www.denufood.com/2010/02/methi-fenugreek-sprouts-dal-curry.html

Silpa said...

Hi Yasmeen,

here is another entry for bitter better health
http://konasaniskitchen.blogspot.com/2010/02/bitter-gourd-fry.html

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Hey Yasmeen, Here is another Bitter better health recipe..Let me know if you include this..

http://a2zvegetariancuisine.blogspot.com/2010/02/methi-paak-fenugreek-barfi-sweet-winter.html

Thanks
Muskaan.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Yasmeen, Here are some reposts, let me if it works..for Bitter Better Health Event.

http://a2zvegetariancuisine.blogspot.com/2009/05/authentic-methi-gota-pakoda-fenugreek.html

http://a2zvegetariancuisine.blogspot.com/2009/09/methi-papad-nu-shaak-fenugreek-seeds.html

http://a2zvegetariancuisine.blogspot.com/2009/06/methi-na-muthiya-dhokla.html

Thanks Again,
Muskaan

Yasmeen said...

Thank you for your wonderful entries Silpa,SE and Muskaan:D

Jagruti said...

Oh hi Yasmin

stumbled down in to your blog from the other blog, where i read about your event...lovely event and love to participate it your event..

soon i'll be sending my entry...you have a lovely space and nice recipes to try..

cheers

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Hey Yasmeen, my entry for the event -- http://memoryarchieved.blogspot.com/2010/02/menthi-sankati-venthaya-kali-fenugreek.html

I did post it but dint link back but I do promise there will be more entries and shall link with your post!!!

Regards.

Rachana Kothari said...

Dear Yasmeen,
Please check out my entry for this event.

http://rachanakothari.blogspot.com/2010/02/avatar-aubergines.html

Thanks!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Hey Yasmeen, posted dhal with Fenugreek leaves today, heres the link:

http://memoryarchieved.blogspot.com/2010/02/menthi-kura-aaku-pappufenugreek-leaves.html

Regards.

Anjum said...

Hi,I really like your blog.Very healthy and tatsy too.
Do drop by at http://anjuskitchentreasures.blogspot.com/

Jagruti said...

Hi Yasmeen

here is my entry for your event..recipe includes Watercress.Please do vsit me here

http://joyofcooking247.blogspot.com/2010/02/super-foods-smoothie.html

please accept it....

Yasmeen said...

Thank you Jagruti,Ramya and Rachana for your Fab. entries :D

Swapna Sree said...

Hi Yasmeen
nice event..want to participate..
reposted the recipe with this event announcement..here is my link

http://swapnasridhar.blogspot.com/2010/02/kakarakaya-pulusu-bitter-gourd-pulusu.html

Thanks
Swapna

Asha said...

Yasmeen, I have got posted one for you too girl, here it is:

Bitter Gourd Gojju

http://foodieshope.blogspot.com/2010/02/samosa-chole-chaat-shivaratri-thali.html

Enjoy the event, can't wait for the round up! :)

Priya said...

Hi Yas, here comes few more entries here..

1)http://priyaeasyntastyrecipes.blogspot.com/2010/02/vegan-dry-fruits-chocolate-cookies.html

2)http://priyaeasyntastyrecipes.blogspot.com/2010/02/sprouted-methi-seeds-pickles-instant.html

3)http://priyaeasyntastyrecipes.blogspot.com/2010/02/sprouted-methi-seeds-rasam.html

Thanks
Priya

simply.food said...

One more from simply.food

http://simplysensationalfood.blogspot.com/2010/02/savory-paniyaram.html

Swathi said...

Yasmen,

Soy vegetable cutlets looks good.

I have posted Methi Paratha in my blog link is
http://kitchenswathi.blogspot.com/2010/02/methi-paratha-fenugreek-leaves-flat.html

Yasmeen said...

Thank you Swathi Sree, Asha, Priya,simply.food and Swathi for the exciting contributions :D

sowmya.s said...

My entry for your event-http://creativesaga.blogspot.com/2010/02/paharkai-pitlai-bitter-gourd-gravy.html

Thanks for hosting!!

shahana said...

Yasmeen,
I have an entry for this event and my dish is with bittergourd.here is the link
http://abcofcooking.blogspot.com/2010/02/bittergourd-tomato-currypavakka.html#links

Priya said...

HI Yas, here is one more entry for ur event..

http://priyaeasyntastyrecipes.blogspot.com/2010/02/methifenugreek-seeds-dal.html

Thanks
Priya

ruchikacooks said...

Yasmeen, here is my entry: Methi Khichdi

http://ruchikacooks.com/?p=1913

Silpa said...

Hi yasmeen,

Here's the link for my another entry..

http://konasaniskitchen.blogspot.com/2010/02/methi-bajji.html

Hope you like that..

Sayantani said...

Hi Yasmeen. here is my entry
http://ahomemakersdiary.blogspot.com/2010/02/shukto-bitter-vegetable-curry-in.html

Hope you like it.

Nandini said...

Scrumptious and nutritious cutlets! And here's my link-

http://ushanandini.blogspot.com/2010/02/methi-chapati-instant-tomato-thokku.html

If you are going to add photos in the round-up, please let me know, deah!

Shama Nagarajan said...

Hai yasmeen

Post bittergourd curry and other recipes for the event here is the link :http://easy2cookrecipes.blogspot.com/2010/03/bitter-gourd-curry-pavakkai-kara.html

Jagruti said...

Hi Yasmeen

Here is the link for my another entry to your event..

http://joyofcooking247.blogspot.com/2010/03/kamaal-kombinationk2-methi-dhebra-and.html

cheers

Aruna Manikandan said...

Hi Yasmeen

Here comes my entry
http://ensamayalkuripugal.blogspot.com/2010/02/fenugreek-vendhaya-keerai-kootu.html

PJ said...

Hi Yasmeen.I have posted the recipe and are a couple more from the archives
1.http://seduceyourtastebuds.blogspot.com/2010/03/methi-mattar-pulao.html

2.http://seduceyourtastebuds.blogspot.com/2009/12/sprouted-fenugreek-sambar.html

3.http://seduceyourtastebuds.blogspot.com/2009/10/bittergourd-crisps.html

4.http://seduceyourtastebuds.blogspot.com/2009/09/bitter-better-medicine.html

Hope you like them...Thanks for hosting.Will send u more if I can post by deadline..

Curry Leaf said...

Hi Yasmeen,atlast I have posted my healthy entry.I saw flax seeds in the list and my entry is flax balls Link: http://tastycurryleaf.blogspot.com/2010/03/protein-rich-flax-seed-balls.html.Do include in the round up

Nandini said...

Here's another link-
http://ushanandini.blogspot.com/2010/03/egg-masala-with-fenugreek-leaves.html

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Hi First time here you have a nice blog. wonderful event. will send mine soon.

If you wish you can announce the the event it in my Sara's Events & Roundups Blog at http://www.sarafoodevents.blogspot.com/

rgds

Saraswathi Iyer said...

My entry is http://simplysara07.blogspot.com/2009/03/pavakka-uralai-stir-frybitter-gourd.html

Thanks

Yasmeen said...

Thank you Sowmya, Shahana, Priya, Ruchika,Silpa,Priya,Sayantani,Nandini,shama,Jagruti,PJ,Curry leaf and Saraswati for the exciting entries :D

Jyoti V said...

Hi Yasmeen,

My entries for your Bitter Better Health Event'

http://panchpakwan.blogspot.com/2010/02/mehti-cranberry-pulao.html

2nd recipe link

http://panchpakwan.blogspot.com/2010/01/chickpeas-mehti-patti-sandwich.html

Cheers,
Jyoti

Divya Vikram said...

Hi, My entry, http://divya-dilse.blogspot.com/2010/03/methi-fenugreek-dal.html

Divya

myspicykitchen said...

Just came to know about your event from Divya's blog (Dil Se)... I will see if I can make something before the deadline. But I have one archived recipe for you....

http://myspicykitchen.wordpress.com/2009/05/22/one-year-old-and-green-chard/

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Hi Yasmeen,

Please find below the entry for your Bitter Better Health event..Happy Hosting...

http://myhomekitchenrecipes.blogspot.com/2010/02/bittergourd-curry.html

N S said...

Hi Yasmeen,
I am new to blog world. Came to know this event through Divya's Dil Se.
Here is my entry for this event, Watercress with Aloo
http://feastinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2010/03/watercress-with-aloo.html

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Hi

My 2nd entry is Methi Chapathi http://simplysara07.blogspot.com/2010/03/venthayakeeraimethi-chapathi.html

saraswathi

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

My second entry to your event...
http://myhomekitchenrecipes.blogspot.com/2010/03/methi-moong-dal-curry.html

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Hi heres my another entry http://simplysara07.blogspot.com/2010/03/venthiyakeeraimethifenugreek-sadamrice.html

rgds

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Yasmeen,
Here are my 4 entries for your lovely event:
1. Bitter Melon, Beans and Raisins Patty Sliders:
http://pangravykadaicurry.blogspot.com/2010/03/bitter-gourd-pinto-beans-and-raisin.html
2.Collard Greens N Cottage Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms:
http://pangravykadaicurry.blogspot.com/2010/02/cottage-cheese-n-collard-greens-stuffed.html
3.Broccoli Rabe,Turkey, Mushroom Pasta:
http://pangravykadaicurry.blogspot.com/2009/10/broccoli-rabe-mushroom-and-chicken.html
4.Beet N Cocoa Muffins:
http://pangravykadaicurry.blogspot.com/2010/03/recipereplica-spiced-beet-n-cocoa.html
Plz accept it. Tx!

TAZAIKA said...

Hi yasmeen sending my entries to ur event,My blog had been copied in to wordpress i was going thru a low phase Mona really helped me,i Thank her from the bottom of my heart.Created a new blog.Hope u like the entries:
http://foodscapital.blogspot.com/2010/03/besan-parathas-healthy-bread-with.html
http://foodscapital.blogspot.com/2010/03/fenugreeky-chicken-chicken-gravy-cooked.html
http://foodscapital.blogspot.com/2010/03/bitter-gourd-biryani.html
Take care.ahfz

Yasmeen said...

Thank you Jyoti,Divya, MySpicyKitchen,Sabitha,NS, Sarawati,Cool Lassie and Tazaika for your delish entries :D

chandu said...

Hi...

Just stumbled upon ur blog, while looking for a different veggie cutlet recipe.. Ur cutlets look very interesting. I don't have fresh methi leaves at home but have dry methi leaves. Would that work instead????? Have to try this recipe anyways... Seems too gud to miss...:-))

CP

Yasmeen said...

Chandu,
Dry should be good.Use about a teaspoon for the recipe.But the nutrition is best in fresh :D

rosemary said...

My darling, this one is a winner. Second time making the cutlets and they are delish! Ok not exactly like yours. I soak soy chunks in hot water for about half hour, saute them in peanut oil then mix with potato and other veggies. I do not know where to find fenugreek here. All the same the outcome is very good. An amazing lunch box item for me and the kids. Thank you for sharing!!

Reema said...

looks yummy to me..can't wait to try!!
Check out my Soya Pasta recipe @
http://reema-saini.blogspot.com/2011/07/healthy-pasta-in-arabiatta-sauce-with.html

Reema said...

looks yummy to me..can't wait to try!!
Check out my Soya Pasta recipe @
http://reema-saini.blogspot.com/2011/07/healthy-pasta-in-arabiatta-sauce-with.html

Reema said...

looks yummy! can't wait to try!
Check out my soya pasta recipe @
http://reema-saini.blogspot.com/2011/07/healthy-pasta-in-arabiatta-sauce-with.html

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