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When I was a child, one of my favorite dishes was cotolette alla milanese (milanese veal cutlets) that my mom used to make. Once I stopped eating meat, I had to say goodbye to my moms' cutlets as well. Since then I've tried store-bought vegan cutlets many times but they've all been disappointing so far. So I decided to try to find a way to make a great vegan cutlet happen. I started researching and that's when I saw a couple of recipes of chickpea cutlets.
I was extremely skeptical but after making this recipe tons of times and improving it time after time, I am totally in love with chickpea cutlets! They have become a recurring dish in my kitchen and everyone loves them! They are super crispy, flavorful and so simple to make! You have to try them!
To make the chickpea cutlets we only need a handful of ingredients: chickpea flour, breadcrumbs, all-purpose flour, cornstarch, garlic powder, onion powder, olive oil (I forgot to put it in the picture below) and smoked paprika.
The main ingredient for our cutlets is chickpea flour (also commonly known as garbanzo flour or gram flour). You can buy it or you can make it out of dry chickpeas if you have a powerful blender. The only difference is that self processed chickpea flour is usually not as thinly ground as store-bought flour is, which means that it absorbs less water. Use the one you prefer.
How to make the Chickpea Cutlets
Making the cutlets is super easy. All we need to do is mixing all the ingredients until we have a lumps-free mixture. The mixture should be firm and only be slightly sticky. If it's too sticky add more flour and mix well.
Once our chickpea-mixture is ready we can divide it in 4 portions. Then we put the breadcrumbs into a large dish, we add in one chickpea-ball at a time and flatten the cutlet using our fingers.
Once the cutlet is formed we flip it so that each side is covered in breadcrumbs.
Et voilà! Once all the cutlets are done we can cook them!
Cooking method: Frying vs Baking
We can both fry or bake the cutlets. If we want to fry them, we heat a generous amount of vegetable oil in a large saucepan and we fry the cutlets on both sides for 2-3 minutes. In case we feel like baking them, we have to preheat the oven to 200 °C (390 °F), set the cutlets on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake them for 15 minutes or until golden and crispy.
How to Store the chickpea cutlets
You can put the cutlets in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days or you can freeze them and thaw them whenever you want! You can then heat them in the oven at 200 °C (390 °F) for 5 minutes.
More Meat Substitutes Recipes:
- Seitan Kabobs with Sweet Curry Marinade
- How to Make Seitan Shredded Chicken
- How to Make Seitan Roast Beef
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