Any one bought the wrong kinda white tasteless fish and did not know what to do with it? Well I have done it many a times and each time it turns in to something different. This time I thought I will try an east-west combo, not really a fish cutlet but may be more like a fish cake. The shape gives it the name - fish hearts. My valentine cookie cutter came in handy.
Fish hearts - fish cake style
1 - Fish(any kind, I used sainsbury's white fish) - 500g
Vinegar - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Ginger paste - 1 tsp
2 - Potato - 1 medium
3 - Onion - 2 medium - chopped
4 - Pepper crushed - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Chilli flakes - 1/2 tsp
5 - Bread crumbs - 1/2 cup
Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup
6- Bread crumbs - 1 cup
Egg - 1
7- Oil - 2 tbsp
8- 2 tbsp of hot water
- Cook fish with (1) in a pan till flaky.
- Boil the potato in a pressure cooker till well done and mash-able.
- Heat oil in a pan and saute finely chopped onions. When the onion is transparent, add the cooked fish and break them into flakes in the pan with your spoon.
- Add (4) one by one mixing after each addition and saute till the mix is dry. Taste for salt. I felt at this point that my fish mix was too dry and may not hold together later. Hence, I added hot water to combine and soften the mix.
- Mash potato and add coriander leaves to it. You can add salt to this mash if you want.
- Combine the fish mix with the potato. Add 1/2 cup bread crumbs to help combine the mix. I used fresh crumbs made from white bread.
- Shape them which ever way you want.
- I prepared them in two ways.
- Fish cutlet style - Dip the fish shapes in beaten egg and fry in oil.
- Fish cake style - Dip fish shapes in beaten egg and then in bread crumbs and then fry in oil
Fish hearts - Fish cutlet style
- Fry till golden brown.
- Fish hearts are best served with tomato ketchup and thinly sliced raw onions and they make a pretty good starter or appetiser. My son loves them a lot and finishes a whole plate with some ketchup.
So what is the verdict? which style wins?