Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Macher Chop (Bengali Style Fish Croquettes)

Just maybe three to four days of break from fish, and fish bounces back again in this space of mine. What? Are you going like what, fish again? Guys, hang in there before you jump the gun. It is not going to be a boring (Tofu Katsu, Cauliflower Pakora, Crispy Fried OkraMushroom Rolls) fish recipe (Malabar Fish Curry) I will assure you because we are heading towards this Macher Chop, aka Bengali Style Fish Croquettes (Bengali Fish Curry) and of course I must as usual, give you options to other fish recipes as well (Fish Soy Sauce & Lemon Butter Salmon). Macher Chop can also be known as fish cutlets (Tuna Cutlets) and most probably, if we are talking about the ingredients, basically, its ingredients from whichever part of India the recipe originated from? If you are asking me, yes and I went ahead with making a curd coriander chutney for dipping crispy on the outside and soft bite inside (Chinese Prawn Fritters, Lamb Patties, Lamb Kofta, Mushroom Veggie Patties & Tuna Patties) fish croquettes which I seriously believe you will love each and every bite, each and every pop, each and every crunch, and all of the deliciousness. Either as your snack, or appetizer, or starter, or paired alongside rice and other sides (Indian Potato Balls).  

For croquettes 
1 piece (about 150g) Mackerel/tenggiri - poached and flaked
2 small potatoes - boiled till soft, remove skin and mash
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp turmeric/kunyit powder
1 egg white (lightly beaten)
1 cup breadcrumbs
Pepper and salt for taste
Oil for frying
For curd chutney 
2 tbsp yogurt
2-3 sprigs of coriander leaves (cut the roots and use the stems with leaves)
1/2 inch ginger (remove skin)
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt for taste
** Blend/process all the ingredients together.

For cutlets
Combine and mix fish, potatoes, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, pepper and salt.
Make small balls from the mixture (or any shape you prefer)
Dip into egg white and roll over breadcrumbs.
Fry in batches for a crispy brown outer layer or till golden brown.  


  1. looks good. I have never tried such a sauce before. Normally go for the easier version (tartar). Shows you how lazy i can be haha =)

  2. Looks perfect coated with bread crumb,nicely done ! I love that simple yogurt chutney pair with this fish cutlet, YUM :)

  3. Love the combination...always have been a big fan of fish cutlets! Mouth-watering pictures!

  4. wow looks so delicious! perfectly done cutlets!

  5. Wow delicious and perfectly made fish cutlets, my kid loves it. love that u have paired it with yogurt chutney...

  6. This looks very tempting Nava :)

  7. Woow super tempting Cutlet . loved your dip

  8. Oooo... cutlets are my favorite, u are tempting me Nava!

  9. nava...cannot take my eyes off those crispy and so tempting

  10. I love yogurt chutney a lot...looks yummy..mmm

    my recent one :

  11. Perfectly made cutlet.. Easy and quick dip.. Love yogurt in any form.. Will try this dip for my veg cutlets.

  12. I dont eat fish but i am always looking for a nice recipe for chutnies ,will try yours..
    Keep in touch,

  13. such a tempting cutlet and the green chili yogurt chutney is awesome combo...

  14. looks yum yum Nava. very different from our version. will try this simple one sometime

  15. Wow.. looking so delicious.. Nice pics..

  16. Nava, this fish cutlets look great, and yes, perfectly with the coriander sauce...yum!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :D

  17. MMM...yummy cutlets, the only way I get my kids to eat fish is in the cutlet form. your recipe is awesome

  18. Yummy. Love fish in any form. Thanks for sharing.

  19. sure taste delicious . Fish is good

  20. omg... what a fantabulous cutlet... loved the crispy coating....

  21. ummm, that yogurt really looks enticing and surely would have tasted heavenly with the yummilicious cutlet.

  22. Hope all is well with you! This meal looks incredibly delicious! I love the perfect size and shape of the fish.

  23. These cutlets are perfectly fried :)
    Nice work!

    Choc Chip Uru

  24. I am up for anything deep fried but nothing beats fish. I can devour the ones in your pictures in seconds. They look delicious and the chutney takes it up by several notches.

  25. hi nava...been sometime since i dropped by at ur place yah...been so bc....the cutlets looks so tempting lah....the sauce too....hungry already!!

  26. OMG Nava I simply love this...looks super tempting ! Amazing clicks ! I make this too,but we bake it...and as u said nothing beats fried goodies :)

  27. Anything with coriander works for me:D

    Think I will try out this chutneyt recipe of yours to go with my roast this weekend.

  28. My mom use to make this, it is bringing back childhood memories

  29. Wow Nava, simply love this recipe!!
    love the chutney!


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