These crunchy spiced meat croquettes are popular in Kerala as “Cutlets”. We relish them with our evening cup of Chai with tomato ketchup as the dipping sauce. Keema Croquettes are also a great option for an appetizer.
Today I will share one of my favorite moments in my life as an Army Wife.
On a cold winter morning, I set foot in the Pathankot Army Base. This was my maiden visit to his ‘Regiment’ and I was clueless about what to expect and how to behave among his senior officers and their families. But what blew my mind away was seeing his junior officers with garlands, ready to welcome us. The husband and I were to exchange the garlands and we were shown our vehicle for the drive from the gate to inside the regiment which was a good five kilometers. It was a tractor (sand truck). Of course, I was a good sport and took up the challenge. I happily perched on it alongside him and put on a brave smile. Because come on’ I didn’t have anything to protect myself from the freezing cold. Once we reached in front of the Officer’s Mess, the husband was asked to lift me up and carry me to the Mess entrance. Ha! This moment is etched in my memory.
Welcoming the new bride to the regiment is an age-old tradition. This could be funny, sweet and at times a wee bit rowdy. I was astounded to hear that another Army Wife was asked to sleep in a room full of chickens, goats, and ducks. Another time, the wife of an officer pretended to be the first wife of your husband and that he had cheated on you. Man, that was scary! The groom is always a willing participant. All these pranks are just to break the ice and ensure that the bride is truly ‘welcomed’ to her new family. These, however, make the best of memories and it is always fun to hear the pranks played on and by the wives of senior officers.
Coming to the recipe…
Keema means minced meat (usually lamb/mutton). Keema Croquettes is made by cooking ground meat with onions, potatoes, and spices. They are great for an appetizer and the patties can be relished with ketchup or chutney.
Meat croquettes are an absolute essential in Kerala cuisine. Am I serious? Of course! Go to any eateries or “bakeries” by around 4 pm and you can find a wide spread of croquettes and “puffs”. And the high chance that you wouldn’t be able to lay your hands on them post 6 pm because, Yup. They are sold out!
Mutton Croquettes are also part of festivals and celebrations. These croquettes have a permanent place in Christmas feats and weddings. The Kerala Meat Croquettes is simple and easy to prepare. They are delicious and you can also serve it with your burger or pita bread. Such a soul-satisfying dish!
How to prepare Kerala style Mutton Cutlet?
Cook the meat with minced ginger and spices. Once cooled, grind the cooked meat to make the mince. Saute onion, ginger, and spices. Combine with minced meat and mashed potatoes. Make patties and dip in beaten egg white and then coat with breadcrumbs. Shallow/Deep fry in oil. Serve hot with ketchup or chutney.
Keema Croquettes Recipe:
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