Kotlet is a popular Iranian dish made primarily from ground beef that’s fried in a patty form. It has always been one of my father’s favourite dishes, and growing up my mother would make it for all of us for family picnics or quick lunches at home (always served alongside a crisp cold Coke!). Now, I like to make it for my own kids to carry on the tradition. We add onions, grated potatoes, eggs and lots of seasoning to give it its signature taste that my father has always known and loved. Iranians like to eat it as a Persian sandwich with fresh bread, tomatoes, pickles and lots of herbs like mint or scallions. I love enjoying mine with a chilled Coke Zero — the combination is a nostalgic recipe for magic that reminds me of sweet childhood memories around my family’s dining table.
While the potatoes are still warm, mix all kotlet ingredients except for the oil in a large bowl with your hands.
In a shallow pan over medium low heat, pour in enough oil to coat the surface of the pan.
While waiting for it to heat up, spoon 2 tablespoons of the beef mixture into your hands and form an oval like shape.
Fry in pan, 4-5 minutes per side until golden and cooked through. Add as many as your pan allows, being careful to not let them touch.
Remove from pan and repeat for all kotlets.
Serve with fresh bread, tomatoes, pickles and herbs.