Ground Pork Cutlets with Tomato Gravy


In this Parsi dish, tangy tomato achaar and cinnamon give this silky-smooth gravy mild heat and sweet warmth. Traditionally made with ground beef, pork is used here instead for a juicy, tender patty. Add the cutlets to the oil straight from their dip in the eggs to create a lacy "tutu" of crispy egg around each cutlet.

Ground Pork Cutlets
Photo: Eva Kolenko
Active Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
4 to 6


Tomato Gravy

  • 1 (14-ounc) can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 2 tablespoons Brooklyn Delhi tomato achaar

  • 2 tablespoons ketchup

  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon, or more to taste


  • 1 pound ground pork or 80% lean ground beef

  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)

  • ¼ cup  ketchup

  • 2 tablespoons Green Chutney

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • ¾ teaspoon teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup panko

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • Neutral oil (such as grapeseed or peanut), for frying 


Make the tomato gravy

  1. Combine diced tomatoes, tomato achaar, ketchup, and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Cook over medium, stirring often, until liquid has thickened to the texture of tomato sauce, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer mixture to a blender. Secure lid on blender; remove center piece to allow steam to escape. Place a kitchen towel over opening. Process until smooth and slightly thinner than ketchup, about 1 minute. Set aside.

Make the cutlets

  1. Stir together ground pork, onion, ketchup, green chutney, cumin, coriander, and salt in a large bowl until well blended. Cover and let marinate at room temperature 2 hours.

  2. Divide pork mixture into 8 balls (about 3 ounces each); shape into 1/2-inch-thick, 3-inch-wide patties or roll into meatballs. Place panko and beaten eggs in separate shallow bowls.

  3. Pour oil to a depth of 1/4 inch in a large skillet; heat over medium high to 350°F. Working in batches of 4, dip patties into panko, and lightly dip in beaten egg. Immediately add patties to oil, preserving the lacy egg mixture around each parry. Cook until golden and crispy, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer cutlets to a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Repeat with remaining cutlets, panko, and egg. Serve cutlets hot, topped with tomato gravy.

Make Ahead

Meat can be marinated and refrigerated up to 24 hours in advance; add onions during final 2 hours of marinating. Let come to room temperature before cooking.


Tomato achaar can be purchased at

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