Fish cutlets…

by Sunita on May 14, 2007

It came, did a twirl and made it’s exit as quickly as it’s entry…what, you may ask…the sun, what else…

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

How to-

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.

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Asha May 15, 2007 at 12:44 pm

Looks delicious!I am drooling,reminds me of Mutton cutlets we used to eat in B’lore!:))


2 sunita May 15, 2007 at 1:16 pm

Asha,thanks… Mutton cutlets!That sound yummy as well…


3 DEEPA May 15, 2007 at 4:24 pm

they looks yummy , i would love to eat them …but i dont eat fish ….


4 sunita May 15, 2007 at 6:07 pm

Deepa,thanks…you can rule out the fish and add more of the vegetables instead…


5 Richa May 15, 2007 at 8:11 pm

that sure is true, that ketchup seems to brighten up things around it :)
cutlets look yummy, can never say no to cutlets! you know what, the best cutlets that i’ve had have been the one’s from indian railways, i kid u not :)


6 Sig May 16, 2007 at 12:58 am

Those cutlets look so yummy Suneeta… Perfect snack… U love your fish don’t you? Me too :)


7 Sig May 16, 2007 at 12:59 am

Argh… I mis-spelled your name again, sorry Sunita :(


8 God's Little Angel May 16, 2007 at 2:28 am

Hi Sunita,

wow…you’ve got lots of yummy stuffs no one should miss.must try your fish cutlets myself.

got ur address whilce reading my friends link, but i can’t remember how i could have got here. Anyway, good cooking dear.


9 sunita May 16, 2007 at 10:22 am

Richa, thanks…and yes some of the best food seems come from the weirdest of places…


10 sunita May 16, 2007 at 10:24 am

Sig, thanks…yes, we adore our fish…

…forgiven and forgotten about the spelling…


11 sunita May 16, 2007 at 10:25 am

God’s little angel,thanks and welcome to my world…nice to have you over…


12 Sharmi May 16, 2007 at 1:13 pm

they looks very pretty. you made me crave for some cutlets


13 sunita May 16, 2007 at 1:38 pm

Sharmi, thanks…nice to have you over…


14 Cynthia May 16, 2007 at 9:17 pm

I hope that the sun soon returns…

I’ve never liked canned tuna but I am going to get some just to try this dish out sometime.

We make similar cutlets but using fresh fish that we steam until cooked and then the method you described.


15 sunita May 17, 2007 at 10:31 am

Cynthia, fingers crossed for that…

As for the cutlets,we too make it the same way with fresh fish as well…


16 Sig May 17, 2007 at 9:24 pm

Hey why can’t I comment on your peas-cauliflower post? Looks like the comments are not enabled, or is it just me? :(


17 sunita May 18, 2007 at 1:26 pm

Sig, it’s been fixed…sorry for that… the comments were indeed not enabled…Thanks for pointing it out…


18 remya September 26, 2007 at 9:49 pm

cutlets are yummy n mouthwatering sunita….i’ll try it out sometimes….i have tried prawns cutlet…thanku for sharing


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