Potato Chops

17 Jul

Goan Mince Meat Potato Chops is a soft delicate potato pattie stuffed with seasoned cooked beef. It is very similar to the Cuban Papas Rellenas with a couple of twists. Goan’s cook the meat stuffing without peas and carrots, they use cream of wheat instead of bread crumbs as coating and shallow fry the disk shape pattie instead of deep-frying the potato balls. I know it seems quite far apart but when you take a bite it taste very close to the potato chops.

potato-chops-mince-ground-beef-vegetarian-recipe-goanThere are many variations I have seen online. Some use a little flour mixed with the potato mash, an egg wash, bread crumb and corn starch. You can make it vegetarian by using cooked peas and carrots in garam masala with some onions and fresh cilantro/ coriander then mixed with the mashed potato and shallow fried. You can replace the beef with cooked ground chicken or turkey. At times my mom would use leftover beef roast. She would put small pieces through the meat grinder then saute it with some onions, green chili / jalapeno. Other times if meat was too less she would mix it with the potato mash. You want to skip tomato for this recipe as the meat needs to be dry to be stuffed.

potato-chops-mince-ground-beef-vegetarian-recipe-goan-papas-rellenasThe Goan Potato Chops were usually made as a side dish. As eating out got popular in the 90’s they used to be served as appetizers in coffee shops with a side of ketchup. You can make them mini’s for your cocktails parties.

potato-chops-mince-chicken-beef-vegetarian-recipe-goanServing Size: 16-18 pattie 3″ disk shape


Stuffing: Mince Meat

1 lbs of lean ground beef

2 tbsp of fresh ginger garlic paste

1 tsp of vinegar

1 medium onion chopped

1 jalapeno chopped (optional)

1-2 tbsp of xacuti masala

1/3 cup water

salt to taste


Heat oil in a pot, saute the onions till translucent. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute.

Add the xacuti masala, vinegar and saute for 1-2 minutes.

Next add the ground beef and mix it well with all the spices add water and salt to taste and cook covered for 15-20 minutes on medium heat. Uncover and cook for another 5-10 minutes till all the water dries.

Let the meat cool.

Potato Mash and Coating for Shallow Frying:

4 large russet potatoes

2 cups cream of wheat

salt to taste

oil for shallow frying


Wash and boil the potatoes on medium heat till you can stick a knife  through, about 20-25 minutes. Take it out of the pot and let cool. Take off the skin and mash the potatoes, season with a little salt.

Divide in equal portions about the size of a golf ball. Flatten with your hand each ball and then stuff the center with cooked ground beef. Gather at the center the mashed potato to cover the meat and shape it into approx 1/2″ thick disk or hockey puck.

Cover in cream of wheat and shallow fry each side for about 1.5 to 2 minutes on each side till it has a nice golden brown crust.

Do you have a similar recipe with a different name. I would love to hear about it in the comment section of this post.


141 Responses to “Potato Chops”

  1. dkzody August 8, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

    Do you cook the cream of wheat or just use the dry meal as a coating? Could you use cornmeal?

    • Nandini August 9, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

      You just use it dry as a coating as it softens when it cooks in the oil. Cornmeal should work as well just that I have never used it. It is always worth a try. Let me know 🙂

  2. Po' Girl Shines August 10, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

    That looks so good! Can’t wait for it to start cooling off so I can begin to cook again.

    • Nandini August 12, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  3. Laura Moody August 11, 2015 at 9:59 am #

    that recipe looks amazing !!! I’m gonna have try to cook it asap ! I favorited it at least ^^

    • Nandini August 12, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

      Thank you so much Laura 🙂

  4. Karina Pinella August 11, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

    I love this recipe. Looks simple. I’m going to make it. I bet it’s delicious. The only thing is I might not be able to get the exact spice. Hmmm. Thanks for liking my recipe for Ground Beef with Kale and Carrots, too.

    • Nandini August 12, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

      You are very welcome Karina. And Thank You. You can use the same ground beef recipe minus the veggie and it should be equally delicious 🙂

  5. dweezer19 August 16, 2015 at 10:39 am #

    This looks delicious. And room to play a bit with spices. I would likely use finely ground cornmeal due to not using wheat as much as possible. So glad you stopped by my blog!

    • Nandini August 17, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

      Thank You so much. Ground cornmeal should work just as perfectly to get the crunch.

  6. Patty Schell August 17, 2015 at 8:16 am #

    Reading through your recipes this morning is making me very hungry. Yum.

    • Nandini August 17, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

      Thank You Patty. That is very kind of you to say 🙂

  7. beyondbites August 21, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

    Hello Nandini! I have been meaning to thank you for your “likes” on my blogposts. I just checked out the Potato Chop post and it looks very interesting! Italians make something like this called Aranciata — a meat-and/or-mozzarella stuffed ball of rice that is then breaded and deep-fried. But I like the chile flavors in your recipe and hope to try it one of these days!

    • Nandini August 21, 2015 at 6:35 pm #

      You are very welcome Laura and Thank You so much for the note. I have tried the Arancini balls they sell at Trader Joe’s but had not heard of the Aranciata. This will be something new for me to try. Have a great weekend 🙂

  8. teagan geneviene August 22, 2015 at 9:41 am #

    I love this idea, Nandini. The pictures are gorgeous, simply mouthwatering. Hugs.

    • Nandini August 22, 2015 at 10:36 am #

      Thank You my dear Teagan so much for your kind words. You have a great weekend 🙂

  9. wwwpalfitness August 22, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

    Reblogged this on wwwpalfitness and commented:
    That’s similar to what I’m making now!!!

    • Nandini August 24, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

      That you so much for the re-blog. Appreciate it very much.

  10. itsjusttoni August 29, 2015 at 12:55 pm #

    Yummy! Your photos make me want to lick my monitor!

    • Nandini September 1, 2015 at 11:44 am #

      Lol… 🙂 Thank you!

  11. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 September 1, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

    This sounds fabulous. I will try for sure. thanks for the follow Nandini.

    • Nandini September 4, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

      Thanks Much Kayti. You are most welcome 🙂

  12. aj vosse September 2, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

    I’m going to have to start trying your delicious recipes!! 😉

    • Nandini September 4, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

      Thank You and that is very kind of you to say 🙂

  13. cicampbell2013 September 2, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    Real comfort food!

    • Nandini September 4, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

      Yes….it’s truly the meat and potatoes 🙂

  14. ascensionnetwork February 6, 2016 at 11:42 am #

    Love it! 👍Do it all the time, in Latvian culture it’s called Zeppelins with meat. It’s the same , but you boil the zeppelins, it’s in a shape of a baseball. Served with grilled onions …Delish..👌

    • Nandini February 12, 2016 at 5:11 pm #

      Oh wow! I love learning about different cultures. I know the Cubans make theirs into ball shape as well. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  15. Nandini August 24, 2015 at 5:15 pm #

    Thank You very much Haylee for the shout out 🙂


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