Oats, Paneer & Corn Tikkis / Cutlets

If you are looking for healthy & guilt free snack option – Try Oats, Paneer & Corn Tikkis or Cutlets (low oil) (no onion & garlic)

Oats, Paneer & Corn Tikkis / Cutlets

Oats, Paneer & Corn Tikkis / Cutlets

Low oil, No onion & garlic recipe

There are times when I crave potato / aloo tikkis (the ones that have the brown crust & are melt in mouth soft from the inside). The health conscious in me tells me that it’s not good for me unless I am willing to run for 8 kms to burn those calories gained by eating the deep fried tikkis. Only option is to work something out midway wherein I can satisfy my poor little heart n cravings and enjoy tikkis too.

Enter – These Oats, Paneer & Corn Tikkis that are simply delicious!

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This recipe is not only loved by Narayan but also by our friends / guests who visit home and are served these. Since most people are into healthy eating, when snacks served are healthy, they feel less guilty and can indulge in an extra piece or two. Since we had Navratri Golu at our place, these tikkis were part of the menu for the ladies who visited home couple of days ago. If you are interested in knowing about Navratri Golu, Do check out my detailed post on Navratri Golu Celebrations at Home.

This recipe only uses one potato for binding. Also I don’t use bread crumbs for texture or crispness. I don’t like using too many masalas in my food either. If you have gone the recipe of Aloo Shimla Mirch ki Sabzi on the blog, you will know what I am talking about. Simplicity is the key.

Vegetarians who need to increase their protein intake can make these tikkis as part of their lunch menu or healthy snack option during tea time along with some Coriander Chutney or Green Chutney as its low in oil & has oats too. Ideal as lunch box option for kids who otherwise would hate to eat the regular paneer sabzi / veg. Check out the detailed recipe below.

Serves – 3 to 4 persons as snacks

Qty – Max 15 small sized tikkis

Ingredients –

  1. Paneer – 250 gms
  2. Oats – 1 cup
  3. Potatoes – 1 nos.
  4. Boiled corn – ½ cup
  5. Salt – as per taste
  6. Paprika – 1 tsp
  7. Oil – 1 to 3 tsps
  8. Garam Masala Powder – 1 tsp
  9. Finely chopped green chillies (optional)
  10. Finely chopped Coriander leaves – as required

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Method –

  1. Boil the potatoes. Once cool, peel the skin, grate them and keep aside
  2. Grate or crumble the paneer.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add the potatoes, crumbled or grated paneer, oats and boiled corn.
  4. I have used quaker oats and have added it as it is. In case you want, you can powder the oats too and add the same.
  5. Add the paprika powder, salt, green chillies (optional), garam masala powder, coriander leaves and mix well.
  6. Take a small portion of the mixture and give them shape of tikkis or cutlets. Refrigerate these tikkis for a minimum of 30 mins before pan frying.
  7. In case you are making these tikkis for the next day tiffin for kids, store the tikkis in a container and store it in the refrigerator.
  8. If you are making it for immediate consumption, heat a non stick pan, add few drops of oil, and then pan fry these tikkis on both sides on low flame.
  9. Serve them hot with some Coriander chutney and tomato ketchup.

Suggested Variations –

  • You can try adding Blanched and chopped palak / spinach leaves or spinach / palak puree. In that case, increase the quantity of potatoes to 2 – 3 nos.
  • If you have leftover palak paneer, grind it in the mixer, add oats and potatoes to make tikkis in similar way. You can avoid the spices and coriander as palak paneer already has masalas in it. Just adjust salt.
  • You can add grated carrots, boiled peas, boiled & finely chopped broccoli too.
  • Paneer is a good source of milk protein ideal for kids as breakfast option, evening snacks etc. The oil used in the recipe is very less (1-3 tsps for 15 tikkis).

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Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. Aruna

    Just what is needed after the feasting of Navratri! Looks so crispy, crunchy.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Absolutely agree. I love to wrap this in a roti & eat like a roll !

  2. Megala

    Lovely tikkis ! Found the variations section very useful !

    1. Vidya Narayan

      So glad you took the time to read it. I add that in almost all my posts so that one can make a variety of things that could be made using the same set of ingredients provided in the main recipe.

  3. Anshu Agarwal

    I always look for these kind of recipes to make for my husband as a evening snack…This is a perfect snack which we can indulge without any guilt..Lovely recipe..Loved it..Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe !!

    1. Vidya Narayan

      My pleasure entirely & glad you liked it. We should never control our desire to eat yummy food but find ways to make it healthier. That’s what I aim.

  4. dimplescookbook

    Lovely tikkis! Would like to try this some time. Thank you for the suggestions. This is much helpful.

  5. jyo

    Looks utterly delicious Vidya ?

  6. InspiresN

    wonderful combination of veggies for the tikkis , fabulous!

  7. Irma Francis

    Hi Vidya

    I made this for the first time on April 3rd and have already made it four more times since.
    This is a wonderful recipe. The only reason I leave out chillies and paneer (subbed with tofu) is because the babies love this as well. It is healthy, quick to put together, and delicious!
    I have two 18 month olds and a husband who wait impatiently for me to make this now.
    Thank you for a keeper of a recipe.


    1. Vidya Narayan

      Firstly thank you so much for this feedback which I am reading over and over again jumping with joy. I am thankful to you for firstly trying out the recipe so many times and making fun variations too according to kids likes etc. Such a pleasure and a big thank you for making my day and blogging worthwhile!

  8. Irma

    Hi Vidya
    Over a year later, and we’re still enjoying this recipe 🙂 just thought you should know, and so should your readers.
    You’re welcome for the previous feedback – you deserve all the credit for helping me make delicious snacks.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Hi Irma, God bless you! Thank you so much for making my day spectacular with your comment. It means a lot. I hope I live up to your expectations and churn out great recipes that would be loved by your family. Cheers!

  9. Palak

    Do you use rolled , instant, or steel cut oats? Do the oats need to be soaked or cooked first?

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Hi, I have used quick cooking oats. Quaker oats to be specific. Have mentioned that in the recipe notes. This doesn’t need soaking or cooking. Just add it as you would add say bread crumbs to a recipe. Thank you.

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