Friday, February 8, 2013

Breaded Patties :

Today I am introducing this wonderful snacks, perfect for rainy, cold weather with a cup of tea. As I was grown-up in a Bengali family, since my childhood I am seeing my mom trying so many items with fish. Whether it is snack, main or side dish. Those yummy names! Fish kachuri, fish cutlet, fish finger, fish fry and so on. But who cares about recipe in the childhood, you enjoy only the food. Time has changed now, whenever I have something that my taste buds appreciate I try to get the recipe. This is the one that I got from one of my friends.

Yes, you could guess correctly! It is the very yummy one, Fish stuffed deep-fried snacks. You can serve it as a starter or appetizer for a party. As the outer side is fried bread, it is very crispy. Kids would love it too but you need to skip the chilies for that. People who are health conscious would avoid the deep-frying part, rather bake it at oven. These days I am loving these baked snacks than the fried one. But once or twice in a month, I enjoy that crunchiness :-) 

 The recipe is extremely versatile. And it works so well with different fillings. So you can make it for vegetarian by using paneer/potato/mixed-vegetables. Or if you want to avoid fish try with chicken. 

Recipe of Fish Patties : (for 6 pieces)

Ingredients :

Bread slices - 6 
Potato (boiled) - 1 medium size 
Boneless white fish fillet - 4-5 pieces 
Onion chopped - 1 big 
Ginger paste - 1 tbsp
Garlic Paste - 2 tbsp
Tomato ( remove the outer skin and chop it ) - 1 medium size 
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Chopped green chilies - as per taste
Whole spices ( cardamom - cinnamon - clove ) 
salt - as per taste
oil for deep frying

Method :

1. Boil or swallow fry the boneless fish fillets. Once they are cooked, keep them aside.

2.  Put Oil in a pan and heat it up. Add whole Spices and when the nice aroma comes out, remove them from the oil.

3.  Add chopped onion and sprinkle salt. This will help the onion to get soft very soon. 

4.  Keep stirring. Once the color of Onion changes to light brown, add ginger and garlic paste.

5.  Cook them for another 4-5 minutes till the raw smell goes off.

6.  Add chopped tomato pieces and give some good stirs until oils are coming up from the side of pan and tomato becomes soft.

7.  Add cumin powder and mix it well and cook for another couple of minutes until oil starts coming up from the sides of pan. Add chopped green chilies and cooked fish fillets. Cook for another 2-3 minutes and mix them nicely.

8.  Add boiled potato. Smash the potato and mix it with the fish mixture nicely.
 Add salt and check the seasoning. Turn off the gas. 

9. Stuffing is ready. Let it cool down.

10. Take the bread pieces and cut off the brown sides. Make the bread pieces flat by pressing with a rolling pin.

11.  In the middle of the bread, put 1 tbsp stuffing and fold it. First seal the two sides length-wise. Dip your finger in some water and press it. Then press the overlapped area. Use little water while pressing. It is not too hard to seal the three sides but make sure that all the sides are locked.

12.  Put oil on a deep frying pan and fry them one by one at medium heat until they are brown on both sides.
Transfer them on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.

13.  Serve them with your choice of dipping sauces. 

Note:  If you don't eat fish, may use chicken in the place of fish. Vegetarian people also can try this snacks. Potato or any vegetable stuffing will go nicely with it. 

Enjoy and Happy Cooking!!