I’ve got one final recipe for you from the Colonial Cravings community recipe swap. This one has been contributed by my lovely sister-in-law, Penny. She’s sharing a recipe that her mum used to make for her and she’s actually just returned from visiting her back in India. The reason I started this blog was to share recipes that remind me of home so this one seems especially appropriate.
Penny says that it’s a typical Goan recipe and I think that it sounds really, really good. If I play my cards right maybe she’ll make me a veggie version next time I visit (although it’s her birthday this weekend so I don’t think she should be cooking for anyone!)
I used 500g beef mince and 100g quorn mince. (but you can use all beef or all quorn mince)
6-7 big potatoes, boiled and mashed with salt and pepper.
1 large onion finely chopped
2 full tsp garam masala
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
oil for frying
Firstly peel, chop, boil and mash the potatoes. Season well and keep to one side. Next fry the onions in a pan, then brown the beef mince, add the ginger, garlic paste and quorn mince and fry for a couple of minutes. Add the garam masala, salt and black and white pepper. Put the lid on and let it cook. Do not add any water, as the beef mince for stuffing has to be a dry mixture. Once cooked, let the beef filling mixture and mashed potato cool.
Now to make the chops. Lightly beat the egg in a shallow dish. Put the breadcrumbs in a shallow dish too and set these aside.
Wet your hands (this is so that the mash does not stick to them). Take some of the mash and flatten it against the palm of your hand, put about two teaspoons of the spiced filling mixture in the middle of the mashed potato and cover it with the mash to make a round shape. Dip the chops in the beaten egg and then in the breadcrumbs to coat them. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and fry the chops until they are golden, turning regularly. Enjoy.
You will probably have some of the filling mixture leftover so why not freeze it to then make beef croquettes. To do this grind the beef mixture in a processor to a fine breadcrumb like texture, mix with mash potato, shape into croquettes, and fry.