I remember as a child that whenever my non-Persian friends wanted to come over my mom would resort to making Kotlet for us because my friends loved it so much. It seems to satisfy all palates, even for the most picky eaters. It makes a great food to pack for school lunches and picnics since they taste equally delicious hot or cold. You can even heat one up in the middle of the day for a filling midday protein snack. So without further ado, here’s my Persian Momma recipe:
2 pounds Ground Beef (you can substitute Ground Turkey for a leaner patty or mix 1 lb of Beef with 1 lb of Turkey)
3 large Potatoes, cooked, peeled and grated
1 large Onion, finely grated (I use a food processor)
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
Salt and Pepper to taste (make sure to always start with a little salt and adjust accordingly)
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 tablespoon Chickpea Flour (optional but I like to add it in because it prevents the mixture from falling apart)
Plain Bread Crumbs (If your bread crumbs are salted, make sure not to over-salt the beef mixture)
- In a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients except the bread crumbs (those will be used for coating) and mix well.
- Take a scoop of the mixture, flatten into an oval the size of your palm. Make the patties equal sizes for equal cooking times.
- Cover both sides of each patty in dried breadcrumbs.
- Fry the patties in hot oil in a frying pan, until brown on both sides.
- Remove from pan and allow the patties to cool on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
Kotlet tastes delicious all in itself but is usually served with tomatoes, pickles, cucumbers, onions, bread, and ketchup. Noosheh jan konid (Bon a petit)!