We woke up to a bright day, with promises of glorious sunshine. After the bleak weather that we’ve been experiencing for the last few days, the spring in the step was back, the extra hustle which accompanies such days could be felt again…the heart seemed to flutter once more…
As I was basking in it’s glory, little did I realise that it was preparing to make a quick exit…the morning has hardly ended, and the sun is back to its hiding place behind the thick cloudy blanket of grey…whoever said that morning shows the day couldn’t have been more wrong…
I haven’t taken the latest weather reports, so was quite disappointed at this turn of events… when I’m well informed, I usually brace myself for the worst…
As the sun continues to play peek-a- boo, I seek refuge in my blog, and a recipe for fish cutlets is presented…it was prepared on better days and maybe, just like the ketchup in the plate, can brighten up things just that little bit…
Talking about oily snacks, I tend to take two steps backward when they are mentioned. It is Dinesh who is the resident craver of fried snacks…even Agastya seems to be following his footsteps. Although, he is quite concerned about his health and tries to work out at the gym regularly, he finds it a tad hard to resist the temptations of crunchy and deep fried goodies. Put a plate of such items in front of him and all his mantras of healthy food-habits make their quick exit. I, on the other hand don’t like to have them often and make all sorts of excuses so as not have to make them as well…I am more an ogler than an eater… Needless to say, his face lit up when I mentioned that fish cutlets were in the process of being prepared. As for me, well, everyone gives in once in a while, don’t they…
I haven’t made cutlets a great many times…can’t even remember the last time I made them…however these ones did not turn out badly…they were crunchy on the outside with a softer center. Accompanied by ketchup, they tasted quite good, if I may say so. Dinesh seemed very pleased…whether it was the taste of the cutlets or the fact that he was getting something fried after a long time, is still a mystery…
What’s needed for the fish cutlets-
2 cans of tuna( 185 gms each) in brine
4 potatoes, chipped
1 carrot, chopped
2 handfuls of fresh green peas
1 onion, finely chopped
1 inch piece of ginger, finely chopped
2 green chillies, finely chopped(optional)
a small bunch of fresh coriander, finely chopped
1 tsp garam masala powder
2 eggs, beaten
cornflour and breadcrumbs for rolling the cutlets before frying
salt to taste
Boil the potatoes, carrots and peas till tender.
Drain the tuna of all the liquid. Peel the potatoes, mash along with the carrots and peas and add them to the tuna.
Fry the onions and ginger along with the garam masala powder in 2 tblsp of oil till the onions are translucent. Add them to the fish mixture along with the green chillies and coriander. Season with salt.
Mix all the ingredients together till well blended.
Divide into equal sized balls according the to the desired size. Flatten them into ovals or rounds.
Heat oil in a pan for shallow frying. Roll each round or oval on the cornflour( taken in a dish or bowl), then quickly dip it into the beaten eggs and follow by rolling on the breadcrumbs. Place them directly on the pan and fry on both sides till golden brown. The whole process should take very little time or the cutlets will disintegrate in the hand. Place the cutlets on paper towels to drain off excess oil.
Last but not the least, serve hot with ketchup or a chutney.