Perfectly crispy cutlets, with a deliciously spicy and flavorful taste.
First prepare the fish mixture using this recipe: Fish Mixture Instructions are as follows:
250gm fish fillet, cut into 1 inch cubes
Marinate the fish for at least 2 hours in 1 tsp. of red chili powder and half tsp. salt, quarter tsp. garlic paste and juice of half a lemon.
2 tbsp. butter or oil
1 medium onion, chopped finely
½ tsp. ginger paste
½ tsp. garlic paste
1 tsp. cumin/jeera powder
1 tsp. black pepper powder
½ tsp. coriander powder
½ tsp. tandoori masala
¼ tsp. turmeric powder
4 tbsp. fresh chopped coriander
1-2 green chilies chopped
½ a lemon's juice, freshly squeezed
salt to taste
1 tsp. garam masala
Heat the butter/oil, add the onions and fry until translucent but not brown. Add the ginger and garlic pastes, fry for a few seconds, and then add the fish.
Stir-fry on medium heat until the fish changes color slightly, then start breaking the fish apart using your spoon. Fish cooks very fast, so keep the heat low and keep on stirring regularly. Sprinkle cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, black pepper and tandoori powder. Add half the lemon juice and half the chopped coriander.
Cook on low heat until the fish is well cooked and dry. Squeeze in the remaining lemon juice, adjust salt (remember the fish was marinated with salt so be careful and add only if needed) and add the garam masala, chilies and remaining coriander. Give it a quick stir and turn off the heat.
Once the fish mixture is ready and cooled completely, add the following ingredients to it:
¼ cup lentils/channa daal (soaked overnight or for 4-6 hours, then boiled until soft and drained completely)
2 medium potatoes (peeled, cubed and boiled, then drained)
TIP: If there is any extra moisture the kababs will fall apart during frying. So try and make sure no water is added in the mixture.
Grind the mixture with the above two ingredients so it forms a paste-like consistency. You can adjust salt and spices to your taste and add some extra chopped green chili and chopped fresh coriander.
Shape the cutlets/kababs and place on a tray, then refrigerate them for at least half an hour or more if possible so that they hold their shape.
Once ready to fry, heat some oil in a frying pan on medium heat.
Beat an egg with 1 tbsp. water. Prepare a plate with breadcrumbs.
Dip each cutlet/kabab in the beaten egg, then press it on both sides in the breadcrumbs (optional).
Gently lower the cutlets a few at a time into the hot oil and fry until both sides are golden.
Drain on kitchen towels and serve warm with chutney of your choice.