Beet Croquettes

Posted by: EatFree

>> Vegetarian


  • 2 beets
  • 1 potato
  • 2 tablespoons  oil, divided
  • ¼ cup unroasted cashews, split
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon red chili powder (to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon hing (or ¼ teaspoon each of garlic and onion powder)
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup besan (chickpea flour), whisked with enough water to form pancake batter consistency
  • ¾ cup 100% whole wheat bread crumbs
  •  oil for shallow frying
  • 1 cup low fat organic yogurt, whipped


  1. Cut beets and potatoes into 1 inch pieces.  Place in pot of water, bring to a boil, and simmer for about 30 minutes or until beets are fork tender.  Let cool slightly and then peel beets and potatoes.
  2. Heat one table spoon of oil.  Fry cashews and raisins until cashews are a light golden brown.  Remove from oil and drain.
  3. Add rest of oil to sauté pan.  Add cumin seeds.  Wait until they sizzle.  Add beets, potatoes, and salt at this point.  Cook on medium low  for 3 to 4 minutes.  Add hing and chili powder.  Cook for another 3 minutes.  Add 2 cups of water, bring to a boil, and then simmer covered for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove lid and stir until mixture is dry and all water is evaporated.  Take off heat and stir in cilantro.  Let cool to room temperature.  When cool enough to handle, mash potatoes within mixture.  Stir in cashews and raisins.  Refrigerate for a few hours or freeze for about 20 minutes if you are in a hurry.
  5. Meanwhile set up dredging station and heat oil (about 1 inch deep) for frying (heat to 350).  Create oblong shapes out of beet mixture.  Make sure mixture is tightly packed.  Dip in besan mixture and then in bread crumbs.  Fry until golden brown on each side, about 2 to 3 minutes total.  Enjoy with a side of whipped yogurt.
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