Wednesday, 30 December 2015

White Sauce - Chick-o-cheese Croquettes with Tandoori Dipping Sauce ~ New Year Special Colab with Odiya Rasoi & Potpourri

White Sauce Chicken & Cheese Cutlets
Brrrr...... Those are my teeth going clickety clack against each other, winter has finally set in, and hunger pangs are at an all time high! Maybe there should be a mathematical formula, decrease in temperature is inversely proportionate to level of hunger.

We usually have two brown bread toasts with our evening tea everyday, but the same menu is starting to get to me now. So last week I thought of making a quick and easy evening snack as a welcome change to our evening munchies.

This particular recipe has been on my mind since awhile , but I only recently got around to making it.
Many Parsis live Parsi colonies in South Mumbai (one that is only occupied by people of the Zoroastraian religion). Here many a good folk rise at the call of the rooster to prepare a number of Parsi snacks, which are then packed into bags and sent to various Parsi colonies around the neighborhood, where these snacks are sold to the ever food loving ladies and gents.

My parents too live in one such colony,and these snack selling vendors make a weekly appearance at their door. 

Once such dish that my mother always purchases from them are their 'Russian Patties' as they are my absolute favorite. Crispy on the outside and soft and succulent on the inside, I could have three of them and skip lunch for the day.

I must mention here that these patties have no bearings, roots or links to Russia, in fact what Russians know as Russian patties are made of ground beef, onions and tomatoes.

Most Parsi recipes on the internet for Russian patties call for a mix of boiled and mashed potatoes, cheese and chicken. But that vastly differs from what we are used to having, which is entirely made from thickened white sauce, cheese and pieces of chicken.

To cut the long story short I made my own version of these babies and they turned out as crispy and succulent and identical in taste to what I have always been used to eating.

Since the recipe has been put together by me, I have rechristened it White Sauce Chicken and Cheese Croquettes, since that is what they really are.

2016 is looming large over the horizon and New Years Eve parties will follow, my bloggie friends and I thought of doing a NYE party dishes colab, and these croquettes make the perfect party pleasing appetizers.

So make them, share them and as Fred Flintstone would say, have a gay ole time!

Tandoori Dipping Sauce

Here's the recipe:
Makes 6 croquettes.

You will need:

For the Croquettes
3 tbsps butter
1 heaped tbsp all purpose flour
2 tbsp grated cheese (processed works great or use cheddar if you wanna be fancy)
1 tbsp chopped cilantro leaves
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp black pepper powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup boiled and cubed boneless chicken
1/2 tsp mixed dried herbs (optional)
1 egg
3/4 cup bread crumbs

For the dipping sauce
100 gms hung curd or plain yogurt
1/4 tsp tandoori masala
1/4 tsp lemon juice
Salt to taste


To make the Croquettes

Melt butter in a skillet.

Add in the flour and on a low flame lightly toast it in the butter till it looses all its raw smell.

Now add milk in a gentle trickle, stirring all the while so that the flour doesn't form any lumps.

While the roux is still loose add in pepper powder, minced garlic and cheese and keep stirring on medium heat till the mix forms a thick mass and leaves the sides of the pan.

Remove from heat and add in the cilantro and chicken.

Mix well to combine and refrigerate for 30 mins.

Remove and form small patties in shapes of your choice.

Dip these in a whisked egg and then coat them with bread crumbs mixed with dried herbs.

Shallow fry on low heat till the crust is golden in color.

Serve hot as a tea time snack or a party appetizer.

To make the dipping sauce

Mix together hung curd (which has been hung for a minimum of two hours), tandoori masala, lemon juice and salt to taste.

Your dip is ready.


Get more lip smaking and delicious recipes on my bloggie friends' blogs:

Sweta's Sticky Chicken Bites here

And Sasawati's Orange & Honey Chicken here

Wishing you all a very Happy, Joyous, Peaceful and Prosperous 2016!


  1. Hey...can you send some to me...I seriously want to eat those for breakfast ;)


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