REFRIED BEANS – DIP AND CUTLETS





The inspiration for this recipe is from a Rachel Ray’s show (I saw it long back). I remember her mashing the beans with onions, garlic and spices with the back of a spatula and the serving suggestion was to top it on toasts. I used a 16-bean soup mixture instead of fava beans or black beans as suggested by RR. I made some changes to the original recipe and served it with crackers. The next day I made cutlets from the leftovers. We loved both the dishes. The cutlet tasted even better than the regular cutlets made with potatoes. Both these dishes are ideal low-carb evening snack foods.


FOR THE DIP

Ingredients:

  1. Onion, large, 1.
  2. Any types of cooked beans, 2 cups.
  3. Ginger-garlic paste, 1 teaspoon.
  4. Salt and pepper as per taste.
  5. Chopped cilantro 1 cup.
  6. Dried herbs like dill, mint, and basil, a pinch of each.
  7. Italian seasoning or any type of seasoning mixture, ¼ teaspoon.


PREPARATION:

Drain the water from the beans and mash it into a smooth paste with the help of a blender or a spatula. Dice the onion finely. Heat a pan with a teaspoon of olive oil. When the oil turns hot, add the diced onions and sauté for a few minutes until the onions are well caramelized. Then add the mashed beans, ginger-garlic paste, dry herbs, seasonings, chopped cilantro, salt, and pepper and mix everything well. Let it cook for 5 minutes under medium flame until it reaches the desired consistency. Serve with any types of breads, chips, or crackers.

Variations: The ginger-garlic paste can be substituted with 2 cloves of crushed garlic. Some finely diced green chilies can also be added for some extra heat.


FOR THE CUTLETS:

Ingredients:

  1. Refried beans, 1 cup.
  2. Chili powder, ½ teaspoon.
  3. Salt as per taste.
  4. Whole wheat flour, ½ cup.
  5. Whole wheat bread crumbs, 1-1/2 to 2cups.


PREPARATION:

Make small patties out of the refried beans. Take the flour in a small bowl, add ¼ cup water along with the chili powder and salt and make it into a smooth batter. Take the bread crumbs in a plate. Heat a flat bottomed pan with ¼ cup of oil. Create a work station arranging the plate with the patties first, the bowl with the flour batter next, and the bread crumbs plate next to that. When the pan is hot enough, take a patty and immerse it in the flour batter. Then put it on the bread crumbs plate and cover the patty with the bread crumbs and put it on the hot pan. Repeat the same with a few more patties until the pan is covered. There should be some space between the cutlets while cooking to move them around. Let then cook for 5-7 minutes until the side facing the pan is golden-brown and crisp. Flip all the patties to the other side and let them cook for another 5 minutes. Repeat the same with the remaining patties and serve the hot cutlets hot with tomato sauce.

32 comments:

Sarah Naveen said...

hey..thats sounds great...I love the idea of making cutlets with the leftovers...
Yummyyyyyyyy

Priya said...

cutlet luks yum and dips too

Divya Vikram said...

Love the dip! Great appetizer!

kitchen queen said...

The cutlets look very tempting to grab and have it.

Kanchan said...

Cutlets looks Detectable !
Loved the healthy idea of this one.

Tina said...

Cutlets looks delicious....

Cham said...

Cutlets with beans is a great idea! Looks good both dishes!

Uma said...

looks so delicious Gita :)

Pavithra said...

Looks Yummy!

shanthi said...

Great idea and delicious

Sushma Mallya said...

cutlets are crispy and perfect with that flavourful dip....

Priya said...

Love cutlets with beans, am drooling over that dip, sounds delicious..will try out soon..

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Sandhya Hariharan said...

Loved the idea... of making a dip ..and cutlets are anytime welcum

Nandini said...

The cutlets are goluptious and yummy! Really good! Yummmmm!

Bergamot said...

looks good, nice idea

Shri said...

Cutlets look delicious!Yummo!

அண்ணாமலையான் said...

Cutlets looks Detectable !
Loved the healthy idea of this one."
me too...

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RV said...

like the idea of using the leftover..the cutlets look delectable.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Love the new simple look given to the blog.....Dip sounds yummy....cutlets look perfect....

Gulmohar said...

That's a great way to use up leftovers..Thanks for sharing :-)

Usha said...

Looks delicious ! Ever since I tried beans in cutlets I never miss the potato cutlets that are so high in carb, loved the idea of using the leftover refried beans in cutlets too:-)

priya said...

looks so yummy, dear!!...very very tempting....nice clicks!

kothiyavunu said...

Hey Gita
Nice recipe...That great idea to use up leftovers..looks delectable!!

Parita said...

Bean dip sounds delicious and cutlets look yummy and inviting too!

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sangeeta said...

i know it must have been tatsed heavenly....mushed up beans give a crumbly texture to the cutlets....i made a veggie cutlet recently with black eyed beans n that was yummm..
have to post that soon...

with 16 beans it must have been wonderful..

Malar Gandhi said...

Thats an interesting recipe...I like RR' show too, she is the pretty fast in the kitchen. Cutlets sound very nice to me, wanna try them right away..

Mythreyi Dilip said...

I have not made any dips at home, thanks for the recipe. Will surely give a try!

Viki's Kitchen said...

What a post da! cutlets, dips n beans sounds so comforting for this winter:)
Wish you and family a
Prosperous New year filled with joy and happiness by the grace of God.
Love,
Viki.

Malar Gandhi said...

Happy Holidays...