Beet Chop/Beetroot Patty – My twist on a street food from Kolkata

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The word chop is usually related to meat, like pork chop or lamb chop but in this recipe, it means a deep-fried or pan-fried patty. In Kolkata (situated in east of India), chop is a very common roadside snack bite. These snacks are made with vegetables, fish or egg; mixed with boiled potatoes, some spice mix or herbs and then, either pan-fried or deep-fried.

It’s one of those perfect, savory snacks that should be enjoyed with your loved ones over a cup of evening tea or coffee. It can also be served as a finger food in a cocktail party with some spicy dip of your choice.

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I was not born or brought up in Kolkata. We moved there a few years back and that’s how it’s my home now 🙂 When we lived in Shillong, Kolkata used to be our yearly winter vacation spot and one of the main reasons was because it’s my Mom’s hometown. My lil’ brother and I used to always look forward to this trip, make plans to meet up with all our cousins and get pampered by the love and attention from uncles and aunties.

Mom has a huge family and when we all meet, it’s like a party at home!

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When there is a party, there ought to be food and Kolkata is famous for that. Aunties and Ma would cook various courses of meal the entire day along with non-stop chit chatting, uncles and Dad would sit by the couch and debate on topics related finance or politics. And, we cousins would play in the backyard the entire time.

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After a heavy lunch and few hours of rest, the home would get busy again and this time for evening tea which would be served with different snacks like chops, samosas and even sweets. Beet chop was a must(specially for me) and it is usually served with some chopped red onions and fresh cucumber!

These chops were hardly prepared at home because it tastes best from roadside shops.. or at-least that’s what we kids thought 🙂

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Those were such golden days that we still try to re-live those moments whenever we catch up and beet chop is still a part of our evening snacks!

I am not sure what are the ingredients or method used by the roadside shops. So, I just improvised and added some of my own twist to it. It actually tastes pretty good and since it’s so easy to make, it’s one of our common evening snacks these days.

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Beet Chop/Beetroot Patty – My twist on a street food from Kolkata


  • 2 medium size beetroots, grated
  • a bunch of chives, finely chopped (you can use 1 medium size onion as a substitute)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 tsp pinch asafoetida, hing
  • 1 large onion, boiled and mashed
  • 2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1 tbs all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, optional
  • 1 tbs panko bread crumbs, or any bread crumbs
  • salt
  • oil, for pan fry
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped (to serve with the chop)
  • 1 medium cucumber, chopped (to serve with the chop)


  1. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients except oil, red onion and cucumber.
  2. Make the patties from the mixture in whatever shape or size you like. This is the part where your hands will get all red and messy 🙂
  3. Keep these in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
  5. In a flat pan, heat 2 tbs oil and fry the patties in medium heat for about 4 minutes on each side.
  6. Transfer the patties to a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes.
  7. Serve hot with chopped red onions and cucumbers.

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  • Radhika@Just Home Made
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    October 21, 2011 at 10:33 PM


    Loved the recipe! Can’t wait to get my hands on this Beet chop..
    As much as I love beetroot, I hardly find too many recipes for the variety I crave.. This one would be a good add to the Beetroot recipes list!

  • Aarthi
    October 21, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    WOW…That looks so invitingly red and yummy…Really healthy dish..

  • chinmayie @ love food eat
    chinmayie @ love food eat
    October 22, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    Looks great! I am not a big beet fan but this one looks delicious 🙂

  • a spoonful of yumm
    a spoonful of yumm
    October 22, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    yummy recipe & great memories ! love your pics as always….inspiring :)love the splash of color everywhere 😀

  • Rosa
    October 22, 2011 at 2:12 AM

    A great idea! Those look so delicious. Perfect with some horseradish sauce.



  • nisha
    October 22, 2011 at 2:19 AM

    interesting that chives are used and it is sure to add that zing to the beets…love the last pic 🙂

  • sayantani
    October 22, 2011 at 2:30 AM

    beautifully written memory…beet er chop besh notun recipe. colour ta darun hoeche.

  • Joanne
    October 22, 2011 at 5:47 AM

    A new gorgeously hued veggie burger to try? Count me in! These look great!

  • Krithi
    October 22, 2011 at 7:59 AM

    They look so vibrant and beautiful… Also love the chives cut picture very much!!
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  • Najla
    October 22, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Tempting and healthy snack!!! Perfect for Pink October!!!

  • Kala
    October 22, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    The recipe sounds delicious and healthy. And the photos are fantastic as usual!

  • Spandana
    October 22, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Love the color of the chops.. They look absolutely wonderful!!
    Lovely clicks too!!

  • Charles
    October 22, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Wow, nice – I never thought of making a patty out of beets before – it sounds delicious. Only problem is it’s SO hard to find raw beetroot here. Even at markets they’re selling them ready boiled (to be helpful to the buyers…. why?!?!?!?!). If I can get my hands on some I’ll definitely try this out. Looks like a wonderful light dish to have, maybe with some feta cheese!

  • sreelu
    October 22, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Kankana, never thought beets can be eaten this way,makes me so hungry

  • foodie @ Tasting Spot
    foodie @ Tasting Spot
    October 22, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    i like your food pictures and want to invite you to try out it’s for anyone that just wants another place to submit photos and share it will other foodies.

  • Ann
    October 22, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Stunning pictures and it looks absolutely delicious!

  • Alyssa
    October 22, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    You really have such vivid, and beautiful photographs! My husband loves beets and I’m sure he would love this one. There is always something about street food that is sooo good!

  • Priyanka
    October 23, 2011 at 3:38 AM

    Stunning pictures. Loved the look

  • Melanie
    October 23, 2011 at 7:30 AM

    I like beets, so it’s nice to find a new recipe that’s using them. The patties look great!

  • sally
    October 23, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    I love the color of these little patties and I’m sure they taste great too!

  • Richa@HobbyandMore
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    October 23, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    lovely color and stunning pictures.. this one i can just about make without any changes!! i love the beety color.. and amazingly i never had any chop things in calcutta.. well i visited just 3 times when i was too young.. so maybe i dont even remember.:) and most likely we just hogged on sondesh.

  • torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    October 23, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    yummy healthy combination this looks wonderful Kankana

  • Purabi Naha
    Purabi Naha
    October 23, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    These beet chops look terriffic! Like you, these really remind me of my Kolkata trips on summer vacations, when I used to enjoy street foods like these with my cousins, jethus and jethimas. I like the addition of boiled onion to this!

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking
    Sandra's Easy Cooking
    October 23, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    What a great memories..yes, golden indeed Kankana! I never tried patties made from beets, but since I love them so much I think this will be my next “must try” food! Wonderful photography as always and great recipe!!!
    Congrats on top 9!!!xoxo

  • tigerfish
    October 23, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    This is such a unique patty! And made from super powerhouses – beets and chives! Wow.

  • Radhika
    October 23, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Loved the write up Kankana. Nice clicks and thanks for sharing this yummy dish with us. Can’t wait to try it out. Happy Diwali Wishes to you and your family dear.

  • Aroma y Cocina
    Aroma y Cocina
    October 24, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Really nice and exotic recipe!.
    I like it!


  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    October 24, 2011 at 12:50 AM

    What a beautiful color of beet! I love beets and I enjoy eating them. As always I enjoy every single picture, Kankana! Happy Diwali to you!

  • Ira Rodrigues
    Ira Rodrigues
    October 24, 2011 at 1:08 AM

    Great pictures and recipe, totally love it!
    Wishing you happy Diwali 🙂

  • Shabs
    October 24, 2011 at 1:50 AM

    Wowowowowo, I love beetroot , and this look so good , I think I have all of the ingredients here ,def I am making them .God one Kankana and again the pics are amazing as usual 🙂

  • Tina@flourtrader
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    October 24, 2011 at 2:55 AM

    Very creative and unique-love the ingredients. I can see why this is in top 9 today-very deserving. Congrats Kankana-awesome!

  • cook@vatsalas
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    October 24, 2011 at 3:39 AM

    Hi Kankana, I thought these were beef or steak patties so almost did not bother to click:) . Great pictures and description, thanks for sharing. I usually make beans and soy patties. I love beets and love to experiment new beet dishes. This will be a good one to try.

  • Kelly
    October 24, 2011 at 6:16 AM

    Kankana, I love these beetroot patties! What an extraordinary colour. I know I will always find something beautiful and out of the ordinary on your site every time I visit.

  • rebecca
    October 24, 2011 at 6:30 AM

    so pretty my hubby would love these

  • Christy Gerald
    Christy Gerald
    October 24, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    Healthy Colourful Beet Cutlets.Luv it.Dear Blogger Friend,Wish U a Warm and Happy Diwali.Let the Day of Lights be celebrated with taste-filled delights,Safe and Delicious Memorable Moments – Regards, Christy Gerald

  • Sudha
    October 24, 2011 at 8:21 AM

    Your post brought back so many fond memories,Kankana:)Absolutely loooved your Beet root chops – amazing colors,amazing clicks and an amazingly innovative way of first frying and then baking for a soft interior.Cuts down a lot on the calories!Awesome!

  • Suzi
    October 24, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    These are absolutely amazing and vegetarian. I would never have thought to make a beet patty. Beautiful, Kankana!

  • Karen
    October 24, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    I love beets so I’m sure I would love these chops! Such a lovely color and gorgeous photos. Always fun to learn about new foods! Great post and congrats on Top 9!

  • Liz
    October 24, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Oh, I love beets! And these patties are simply gorgeous!

  • Lubna Karim
    Lubna Karim
    October 24, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Very new to me…..Never made patties with beetroot as main ingredient…..awesome color….love to try this….

  • C&T
    October 24, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Delicious! Never tried something like that with beetroot 🙂

  • Sobha Shyam
    Sobha Shyam
    October 24, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    wonderful recipe and clicks, beet chop sounds great and truly pleasing to eyes and ofcourse for the taste buds too..

  • The Mistress of Spices
    The Mistress of Spices
    October 24, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    These look AMAZING, especially for a beet lover like me! I’ve never heard of this unique snack but will certainly be trying it out soon. Congrats on Top 9!

  • Malli
    October 24, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    The Beet chops look so tempting with tea!! Gorgeous color and beautiful presentation …you know I love all vegetarian snacks like this one!!

  • sarah
    October 24, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    These sound awe-some! And they are gorgeous!! Love that beet-y red color!!

  • Kiran @
    Kiran @
    October 24, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Delicious use of beetroot. Chops are referred to as “meat chop” in Malaysia. These are referred to as “tikki” instead 🙂

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy
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    October 24, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Whoa..beautiful beet chops..these are wht I picked up from my MIL..strange that husband dosent like them (he is not much into bengali food) but I make a batch for myself when beets are available..I make the fried version..thanks for the healthy recipe 🙂
    Congrats on Top 9

  • Tadka Pasta
    Tadka Pasta
    October 24, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Ooh, just love these. Interesting that you’ve referenced them from Calcutta..’coz Hot Chips in Chennai makes something similar, but they just call them cutlets. Chops sounds yummier though 🙂 Lovely post!

  • Juliana
    October 24, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    So interesting these beet patties with peas…they look so pretty and tasty.
    Hope you have a great week Kankana and thanks for this recipe 🙂

  • SinFoodie
    October 24, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    Wow!! Absolutely gorgeous! can’t take my eyes off it. All the photos are awesome!

  • Marisa
    October 24, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    Looks fantastic – I’m a huge fan of beetroot! Will definitely be trying this.

  • Priya
    October 25, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Never heard of beet patty… I love beetroots but I always endup cooking it in just one way, a southindian curry with coconut. This sure is a variation, tempted to try out!

  • Keerthana@lifenspice
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    October 25, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    I love beetroots and am always looking out for new recipes. These look so delicious and the pictures are stunning!

  • Baker Street
    Baker Street
    October 25, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    I have never tried a beet patty mainly because i’m not a big fan of beets but you make it sound so scrumptious!

  • Sylvia@bascooking
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    October 25, 2011 at 3:45 AM

    What a lovely colors and beautiful pics Stunning !!!.Love the recipe very healthy as well

  • Tanvi @ The Hathi Cooks
    Tanvi @ The Hathi Cooks
    October 25, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    This looks awesome! I love love love beets, but have never seen them prepared this way. They look delicious!

  • lisaiscooking
    October 25, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    I’ve made similar beet cakes before, and they’re so delicious! How great it would be to get them at a roadside stand.

  • Jennifer (Delicieux)
    Jennifer (Delicieux)
    October 25, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    This looks fantastic!! I love beetroot and love the sound of a beetroot patty. Yum!!!

  • yummy supper
    yummy supper
    October 27, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Kankana, What a great idea. I never thought to use beets in such a way. And your photos are great!

  • My Wandering Spoon
    My Wandering Spoon
    October 28, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    Kankana, absolutely fantastic dish….and photos are so lovely:)true inspiration

  • Sissi
    October 29, 2011 at 5:15 AM

    Kankana, this looks gorgeous! I love beetroots and will probably try making these patties as soon as possible.

  • Tori @ eat-tori
    Tori @ eat-tori
    October 31, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Just gorgeous- reminds me a little of the burgers I used to have back in Sydney. In Australia a hamburger isn’t a hamburger without some beetroot.

  • Deeps @ Naughty Curry
    Deeps @ Naughty Curry
    December 17, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    Love the colour… looks super healthy, adding chives into cutlet is very new idea to me 🙂

  • dassana
    July 31, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    you lived in such a beautiful place – shillong… your pics are so colorful. what is best is that the tikkis are served with chopped onions and cucumber. the last pic says it all…

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