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Cheesy Pumpkin & Oats Cutlets // Diwali Special Party Snack

Cheesy Pumpkin & Oats Cutlets // Diwali Special Party Snack

Looking for a healthy, protein-rich, high-fiber evening snack recipe?

Or are you looking for a no-processed cheese, non-fried party snack recipe?

Or do you just want to include oats and some extra veggies in your diet?

Whatever your reason, you have to try this crispy, healthy, and tasty pumpkin, mozzarella cheese, and oats cutlet (pumpkin fritters) recipe. These are not just delicious but also non-greasy and light too. Instead of deep frying, I shallow-fried these cutlets using very little oil. Diwali is around the corner, so definitely give it a try.

Story Time

When we came to Germany, we saw so many different kinds of pumpkins. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and colors too. It’s fall season in Germany and every supermarket is full of pumpkins. They always fascinated me to try but since we were not used to making fall recipes using pumpkin, I never bought it. But you just can’t ignore them. So, I got one small pumpkin at home and decided to start with something easy – soup. I tried it last year and I am happy to say that now I look forward to the season to try some pumpkin recipes.

I started with Roasted Pumpkin and Carrot Soup. To the soup, I even added tomatoes and some herbs to enhance the color and flavor even more. It looked gorgeous and we had a very warm, comforting, and cosy experience having it for dinner. We paired it with some ciabatta bread which tastes delicious with creamy soups. In fact, Jatin loved it too. His words – I did not have many hopes for this soup but it is surprisingly delicious. That gave me the confidence to try more recipes using this gorgeous gem of an ingredient.

What is a cutlet?

Cutlets are fried patties that are made of potatoes, different vegetables, or meat. Different spices and herbs are also added to enhance the flavors of cutlets. The ingredients are mashed together and shaped into a firm patty. The patties are then deep-fried, shallow-fried, or baked in an oven. These are also known as fritters, pakoras (pakoda), patty, or kebab.

What are the different kinds of Pumpkins available?

There are many kinds of pumpkins available in the market during the fall or autumn season. The options include Golden Nugget, Butternut Pumpkin, Kabocha Squash, Cinderella, Sugar Pie, etc. But obviously, different regions grow different kinds of pumpkins depending on the temperature, soil conditions, or other factors. And they have different names also in different regions. For example, Butternut Pumpkin is also known as Butternut Squash. So, don’t get confused.

For this soup recipe, I would suggest trying it with any kind of pumpkin that you can find. You can use a golden nugget (Hokkaido Pumpkin) or butternut pumpkin. Both of them give amazing results. You simply can not go wrong with this recipe and with such a humble vegetable.

Pumpkin Types
Photo by NEFF

Which season is best for Pumpkin?

Pumpkin is available during the fall and early winter seasons (or autumn season). You can easily get them in the month of September till November. Make use of this delicious vegetable when it is in season. It is nutritious and good to strengthen your immune system.

What are the benefits of oats?

Oats and their constituents possess varied drug-like activities like lowering blood cholesterol and blood sugar, boosting our immune system, anti-cancer, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, useful in controlling childhood asthma, body weight & BMI, and improving liver function, etc.

Oats come in various forms – steel-cut, rolled, instant, flour, whole grain, etc. You can use it in any form but every form works differently in our body despite the fact that each kind is the same ingredient – Oats. In my opinion, the least processed ones are the best for our bodies. But every form has its own benefits and uses. For example, for this cutlets recipe, I can only use instant oats and not the rest of the forms.

Can we bake these pumpkin, mozzarella, and oats cutlets?

Yes. Of course! Instead of pan-frying, you can even bake these cutlets or make them in the air fryer. The texture would be different and baked cutlets may feel slightly dry. To bake, preheat your oven or microwave to 200°C and then bake until golden brown. It may take 12 to 15 minutes.

Is this recipe vegan-friendly?

All the ingredients used to make this recipe are vegan and plant-based except for Mozzarella Cheese. But if you want a plant-based substitute, use vegan mozzarella like almond mozzarella.

How to store pumpkin, mozzarella, and oats cutlets?

You can make the cutlet mixture and store it in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. If the vegetables release any moisture, simply add some oats to make firm patties.

You can also make small patties and put them in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. They develop more flavor the next day. To cook, take them out and shallow-fry in a pan.

Can we freeze pumpkin, mozzarella, and oats cutlets?

Yes. Of course! I do it all the time. I always make a big batch of the cutlets, shape them as needed, and then put them in the freezer on a plate. Once frozen, I transfer them to a zip-lock bag. You can freeze them for about a month (or more).

To cook, take them out of the freezer and let them rest for a few minutes. Then shallow-fry. There is no need to thaw.

Ingredients List – for quick reference

Ingredients - pumpkin and mozzarella cutlets

Cooking Method – some photos for your reference

 pumpkin and mozzarella cutlets

 pumpkin and mozzarella cutlets

 pumpkin and mozzarella cutlets

More Oats Recipes – just as good

  1. Mix-Veg Oats Appe (savory mini pancakes)
  2. High Fibre Oats Energy Bars
  3. Instant Oats Idli
  4. Banana Walnut Muffins
  5. Thumbprint Cookies

More Diwali Party Snacks Recipes

  1. Non-Fried & Crispy Chickpea Falafel
  2. Mix-Veg Quinoa Cutlets
  3. Non-Fried Cheese Chutney Bomb
  4. Broccoli & Zucchini Fritters (Eggless)
  5. Non-Fried & Crispy Moong Dal Falafel

Now grab all the ingredients because you are ready to make this quick and easy evening snack – pumpkin, mozzarella cheese, and oats cutlets – at home. I am sure you and your family will enjoy it and make it again and again. Homemade snacks are always tastier and contain the best quality ingredients. You can enjoy it for a healthy and tasty evening snack and serve it at your house parties too. Everyone is going to love it.

If you try this recipe and like it too, please share the photo of your creation on Instagram and tag us @thefearlesscooking. We just love to see your recreation of our recipes.

Happy Cooking 🙂

Love from us

Richa

Cheesy Pumpkin & Oats Cutlets // Diwali Special Party Snack

Crispy. Flavourful. Nourishing.

You must include this humble vegetable in your diet while it is in season. You can create many delicious recipes using pumpkins and this recipe is one of them. Make it and you will be surprised to see everybody enjoying pumpkins. 

6

Servings

15 min

Prep Time

15 min

Cook Time

30 min

Total Time

Courses

Cuisines


Ingredients

Vegetable and Herbs

Dairy

Nuts & Seeds

Seasoning

Other

Steps

Prepare Mixture
  1. Add 1/2 Tsp salt to the grated vegetables - pumpkin, cauliflower, zucchini - and let them rest for about 10 minutes. 
  2. After 10 minutes, squeeze out all the water from the vegetables using a muslin cloth. 
  3. Do not discard the juice. Use it in soups, lentils, to make a dough, etc.
  4. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients and mix them well. The mixture should form a firm dough. 
  5. Add more oats and whole wheat flour if your dough is wet.
  6. Cover and let it rest for about 15 minutes. This time is needed for oats to absorb the excess moisture.
Shape Cutlets
  1. Method 1 - Apply some oil on your palms and take a small amount of the mixture. Roll the mixture between your palms and press it gently into a patty shape. Repeat. 
  2. You will get around 12-15 medium sized cutlets.
  3. Method 2 - Lightly dust a surface with some flour. Take a generous amount of the mixture and roll it on the surface using your fingers (approx. 1/2 inch thickness). Use a cookie cutter to cut the cutlets into your desired shape. 
  4. This method is faster than the other one and you get the same size of cutlets.
Pan-Frying Cutlets
  1. Heat 2 Tbsp of oil in a pan. 
  2. Place a few cutlets and cook on medium-low flame until golden brown. Flip and cook from the other side too. 
  3. Do not overcrowd the pan.
  4. Once cooked and crispy, remove them on a plate lined with tissue paper. This will absorb excess oil. 
  5. Serve hot with your choice of sauce. It tastes best with a hot cup of chai or coffee. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. This recipe would make 12 to 15 pieces of medium-sized cutlets which can easily serve 5 to 6 people.
  2. You can substitute oats and whole wheat flour with bread crumbs. It absorbs the moisture and makes a firm dough.
  3. For vegans, use almond mozzarella or any plant-based mozzarella instead of the dairy one.

FAQs

What are the different kinds of Pumpkins available?
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There are many kinds of pumpkins available in the market during the fall or autumn season. The options include Golden Nugget, Butternut Pumpkin, Kabocha Squash, Cinderella, Sugar Pie, etc. But obviously, different regions grow different kinds of pumpkins depending on the temperature, soil conditions, or other factors. And they have different names also in different regions. For example, Butternut Pumpkin is also known as Butternut Squash. So, don’t get confused. For this soup recipe, I would suggest trying it with any kind of pumpkin that you can find. You can use a golden nugget (Hokkaido Pumpkin) or butternut pumpkin. Both of them give amazing results. You simply can not go wrong with this recipe and with such a humble vegetable.

Which season is best for Pumpkin?
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Pumpkin is available during the fall and early winter seasons (or autumn season). You can easily get them in the month of September till November. Make use of this delicious vegetable when it is in season. It is nutritious and good to strengthen your immune system.


What are the benefits of oats?
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Oats and their constituents possess varied drug-like activities like lowering blood cholesterol and blood sugar, boosting our immune system, anti-cancer, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, useful in controlling childhood asthma, body weight & BMI, and improving liver function, etc. Oats come in various forms – steel-cut, rolled, instant, flour, whole grain, etc. You can use it in any form but every form works differently in our body despite the fact that each kind is the same ingredient – Oats. In my opinion, the least processed ones are the best for our bodies. But every form has its own benefits and uses. For example, for this cutlets recipe, I can only use instant oats and not the rest of the forms.

Is this recipe vegan-friendly?
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All the ingredients used to make this recipe are vegan and plant-based except for Mozzarella Cheese. But if you want a plant-based substitute, use vegan mozzarella like almond mozzarella.


What is a cutlet?
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Cutlets are fried patties that are made of potatoes, different vegetables, or meat. Different spices and herbs are also added to enhance the flavors of cutlets. The ingredients are mashed together and shaped into a firm patty. The patties are then deep-fried, shallow-fried, or baked in an oven. These are also known as fritters, pakoras (pakoda), patty, or kebab.

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