Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  441
  • Protein  25 g
  • Carbohydrates  38 g
  • Fat  21 g
  • Cholesterol  98 mg
  • Sodium  388 mg
  • Potassium  468 mg
  • Phosphorus  247 mg
  • Calcium  114 mg
  • Fiber  3.0 g

Kotlet (Meat & Potato patties)

For a kidney-friendly treat, follow us to the Middle East and sample some Kotlets, or meat and potato patties Persian style. This savory recipe was taken from “Persian Cuisine” by Nadia Shahram, and then carefully adapted for people following the renal diet by Zohreh, a Davita dietitian from California.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Zohreh from California.

Portions: 5     Serving size: one patty


  • 1/2 cup grated, potatoes
  • 1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey (7% fat or less)
  • 1 medium white onion, grated
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash® Original herb seasoning blend
  • 1/4 cup or less vegetable oil for frying
  • 5 pita breads, 6” size
  • 3/4 cup lettuce, shredded
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves


  1. Soak grated potatoes in warm water for 2 hours to reduce potassium. Rinse, drain and squeeze excess water using a clean dishtowel.
  2. Mix ground beef, white onion, grated potato, egg, turmeric, garlic powder, pepper and Mrs. Dash seasoning until well mixed.
  3. Heat the oil in a medium size skillet.
  4. Make 5 patties (round or size of your palm) and fry over medium heat on both sides.
  5. Serve each patty on pita with lettuce, red onion and fresh basil.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 2-1/2 meat
    • 2 starch
    • 1 vegetable, medium potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • French bread, lavash, hamburger buns or tortillas are also good bread choices.
  • Use less oil and a non-stick pan if desired.
  • It’s easy to get very creative with Kotlets by adding or substituting various ingredients. They can be served cold or hot, and also used as a finger food for an appetizer.
  • No need to soak potatoes if you are not on a potassium restriction.

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