Kerala Ground Meat Cutlets

Instant Pot Kerala Ground Meat Cutlets with Pickled Onions

  • Author: My Heart Beets
  • Yield: approx. 25-30 cutlets


  • 1 tablespoon oil (I like avocado oil)
  • 1 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 Serrano pepper, minced
  • 1-inch ginger, minced


  • 1 ½ teaspoon homemade Kerala meat masala
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne, optional
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric


  • 1 pound ground meat (beef/lamb)
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 ½ pounds russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped curry leaves
  • 1 egg, whisked well
  • 1 cup fine bread crumbs (not panko. I use schar gluten-free breadcrumbs but any fine bread crumbs will work)
  • 1 cup oil, enough to shallow fry the cutlets

Pickled Onion Salad (Challas)

  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onions
  • 12 serrano peppers, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, to taste


To Make Cutlets:

  1. Press saute, add the oil and once it’s hot, add onion and serrano pepper and saute for 7-8 minutes, or until the onions start to caramelize a bit. 
  2. Add the ginger and saute for a minute. 
  3. Add the spices, stir, then add the ground meat and vinegar. Cook until the meat is no longer pink (break the meat up with a wooden spoon).
  4. Add the potatoes and 2 tablespoons of water and give this a stir.
  5. Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 6 minutes at high pressure.
  6. Quick-release pressure.
  7. Open the lid, add the finely chopped curry leaves and use a potato masher to mash the potatoes into the meat until well combined.
  8. Allow the mixture to cool (russet potatoes will absorb any extra liquid). Once cool enough to handle, take a scoop of the mixture and roll it into an oblong-shaped patty and place the patty on a plate. Repeat until you’ve used all the mixture to form patties.
  9. Place the patties in the fridge overnight to firm up (this will prevent the patties from breaking when you fry them).
  10. Dip the patties into the whisked egg and then into the fine bread crumbs.
  11. To shallow fry the cutlets, add oil to a frying pan (or dutch oven) over medium heat and once the oil heats up, shallow fry the patties in batches until both sides are golden brown (don’t be surprised if you see that the oil turns a bit dark as you continue to fry the cutlets).
  12. Use a slotted spoon to remove the cutlets and place them onto a paper-towel-lined plate. Repeat until done.
  13. Serve with ketchup and pickled onions.

To make Kerala Pickled Onions (Challas):

  1. Combine the ingredients together in a bowl and mix well – the onions will soften as it sits (I like to make mine the night before serving).
  2. Serve at room temperature with the cutlets.