Kotlet is a meatball recipe from Iranian cuisine. The difference from other meatballs is that it contains lots of boiled potatoes and different spices. Thanks to the boiled potatoes, the consistency of the meatballs becomes soft. Thanks to the spices, it smells like a spice shop.
In terms of consistency, it is almost as soft as a potato patties. Again, like potato patties, they are slightly crispy outside because they are covered with breadcrumbs and fried. But like any coated fried food, this crispiness fades and softens as it waits.
A spice mix called advieh (edviye) is used in the Kotlet recipe. There are different advieh mixes for different recipes in Iranian cuisine. But the advieh mixture is already shaped according to the taste of the person who makes it. In general, spices are used that are close to the ones I use. Occasionally, ginger, cardamom, sesame seeds, etc. can also be added. One of the spices used in the advieh mixture is dried lemon, which is often used in Iranian cuisine. I've heard a lot about it, but I've never had the opportunity to try it before. If you have it, please use it for me.
Kotlet is taken from the English word cutlet. Cutlet is the name given to the dishes obtained by frying meat or vegetable mixtures covered in breadcrumbs. As I mentioned above, the feature of the cutlet is that it is made with a mixture of potatoes and ground beef. Although Kotlet is usually made with boiled potatoes, it can also be made with grated raw potatoes, as in Cypriot meatballs. But as someone who knows the taste and consistency of Cypriot meatballs, I can say that the two are very different from each other.
Since Kotlet contains lots of spices, I do not recommend freezing it raw or cooked. When spicy foods are frozen and thawed, the flavor of spice is felt 2-3 times more than normal, which naturally spoils the flavor of the food.
Enjoy the recipe...
- 500 g minced meat,
- 500 g of potatoes,
- 1 onion,
- 2 eggs,
- 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper,
- 1/2 teaspoon of cumin,
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon,
- 1/2 teaspoon of allspice,
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander,
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried rose petals,
- 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric,
- 1 cup of breadcrumbs,
- Oil for frying.
- After boiling and cooling the potatoes, peel and mash them,
- Take ground beef, mashed potatoes, grated onions, eggs, spices and salt in a bowl and knead,
- Take tangerine-sized pieces from the mixture, shape them into oval shape, press and flatten,
- Dip the meatballs in breadcrumbs and fry them in the hot oil in a large skillet.
Enjoy your meal...