Canned Tuna Cutlets - Revisiting Kerala style Fish Cutlet

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Just to keep this space alive , an excerpt from my journal - a reflection on myself - for those who wish to read and later........... revisiting one of my favorite recipe for tuna cutlets.. 

I am a dreamer , I live with memories and try to make each day memorable...but mine is a curious case of a complete topsy turvy gal. My choices are strange , so are my habits ..I crave coke on a bone - chilling cold day and spicy soup on a hot humid day..I read history and politics somedays, switch to Dalai Lama and his teachings on some other , knowing and understanding - compassion, love and death..but hardly miss the daily Rosary. Though I love my job , I can't help myself read a little in the afternoons at office..its kind of power nap for me ;-)...
I live with Anne in Green Gables , but attend the Fairacare school in Miss Read's class ( Prince Edward Island to an English Village ; how convenient )...I totally adore the era of Dickens and Brontes ; though always dream of living or being one among the March sisters, but appreciate the present and curious about the future..Yes I am a curious gal... 

I have come across a lot of amazing people in my life , whom I can call friends, and couple of bad seeds , who I was able to pinch and throw at the right time..I am such a person who sees a simple act of joy as a blessing and each blessing a reason to be thankful.

When I see a magazine with my name and picture published on it , I call it nothing but luck..
When I see my recipe being pinned more than 1000 times , I say " really??mmmm" ( if in case you wanna see which that recipe is , here is the link to pinterest )
Its not that I am humble , its just that my Business School thesis on self efficacy didn't prove much :-).... ..............to be continued ....someday I guess !

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Recipe for Kerala Style Fish cutlets with Canned Tuna
Serves - 3-4 ; Makes around 20 cutlets
Total cooking time - 30 minutes
Ingredients:-
Canned Tuna - 15 oz
Potato - 2
Onion finely chopped - 1
Curry leaves chopped - 6-7
Meat masala - 1 tea spoon or use a mix of Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp, Chili powder - 1/4 tea spoon + Turmeric powder 1/4 tea spoon.
Egg - 1 or 2
Bread Crumbs
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
Bowl 1
Ginger -an inch piece
Garlic - 6-7 small cloves
Green chillies - 4-5 nos
Fennel seeds - 1/2 - 1 tea spoon (optional)
Black pepper- 1/2 to 1 tsp
Method:-
Open the lid of the canned Tuna around and leave the lid on,push it down with ur thumb and drain the water from the can as mush as possible.(If using regular fish :-Clean and cut the fish.Cook it with 1/2 tsp of pepper powder and salt and a lil turmeric . Shred the fish using a fork or your hands Drain the excess water.)
Cook the potatoes until they are tender,mash it and keep it aside.
Crush all in Bowl 1 in a coffee grinder or small jar of mixie.
Heat oil in a pan and add chopped curry leaves and onions,saute it till they are soft.
Add the crushed Bowl 1 mix and fry for till the raw smell disappears.
Add the  spice powders and fry it for a minute or two
Add fish/tuna and salt ; sauté  well for 8-10 minutes, or until it is dry, remove from fire and let it cool
Then add mashed potatoes and mix it well with your hand to make a dough 
Make small balls in round,oval or in the shape you want, with your hand.
Dip this balls in beaten egg and roll it in bread crumbs
Deep fry these in boiling hot oil and drain on paper towels.
Serve Warm with Onion salad or ketchup( Maggie's masala chili is awesome if u r that spice loving )
To make Onion Salad thinly slice Onions,and green chiles . Mix it well with salt and a tsp of vinegar!!!

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77 comments:

Anncoo said...

This is so delicious :D Best to go with rice.

Tina said...

Ohhhh enne angu kollu...My alltime fav cutlet..ethra ennam venelum akathakkum. Looks perfect and crispy.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

looks very inviting.....yummy

prasu said...

yummy and crispy cutlets dear.....yummy yum.

Padma said...

WOW!!! Looks mouthwatering Sarah... very tempting pic :)

Gulmohar said...

Wow Sarah...Very crispy and yummm cutlets...adipoli..:-)

Priyanka Navis said...

wow looks so crispy....nice click

Shobana senthilkumar said...

Luks so rich and crispy:)

Akal's Saappadu said...

looks nice crispy on the outside, will make a good appetizer; why not for a side dish too?

Viki's Kitchen said...

Fish cutlet looks so crispy. Beautiful click. Thanks for this perfect recipe dear.

Sangeetha Subhash said...

eswara!!!super...kandittu vayil vellam varunnu :-)athinte oru taste..aaha!!!

Priya said...

Fish cutlets looks gorgeous and crispy..Beautiful clicks!

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

I just go crazy when it come to fish cutlets..really love the crispy crust on these

Simply Life said...

Oooh that looks delicious!

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

very temptingcutlets..yummyy..
Looks very crispy and delicious.

*sangi* said...

perfect color!perfect shape!
perfect presentation!enikk orennum thada

my kitchen said...

Crispy & Delicious one,Looks perfect,bookmarked this

Anu said...

Very tempting... Looks so crispy and delicious.....

kitchen queen said...

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pria said...

crispy crisp !!
prefect dear :)

Malar Gandhi said...

Looks very crispy and nice, lovely picture...indeed.

lissie said...

wow, this is my favourite...delicious fish cutlets!!!

meeso said...

Ah, I could eat this for lunch with some hot tea... YUM!

Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

Oh my god, I feel so hungry. I love fish and chicken cutlets!

Latha said...

Wow it looks so tempting....

Lovely blog with wonderful recipes..

Do drop at mine when u find time.

Madhura Manoj said...

Looks perfect...

Asha Jennifer said...

Sarah I just finished making the cutlets and my family loved it....not a crumb left--very simple and tasty!!!Thanks for the recipe!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome site, I had not come across www.vazhayila.com before during my searches!
Keep up the superb work!

Justbeanme said...

Sarah
I have tried this in small quantity and it came superb,one quickie
how many cans for a crowd of 40! ?I need to do this thursday! Please let me know!

Sarah Naveen said...

hey Dearie!!! So for 40 people , you need at least 80-100 cutlets right?
I normally make 8-10 cutlets out of the large can of starkist or chicken of the sea( i think its 12 oz) + 2 small or 1 large potato with my pretty small hands ;).
you can make more numbers by adding more potatoes), but i prefer it to be more fish-y!
so if you do your math, u might need at least , 10 cans of Tuna right?

Rookie Qookie said...

Loved all the talk about finding yourself amidst books and reflecting philosophically..All I can say is - You are not alone :)

Sini Sreejith said...

wow...entha oru look... really i missed it honey.. :(

TheYummyMorsel said...

Crispy and yummy!

jayarajmurukkumpuzha said...

nannayittundu...... blogil puthiya post...... ELLAAM NAMUKKARIYAAM, PAKSHE.......... vayikkane...........

An Open Book said...

i loved the writing...and though not a fish fan, the tuna cutlet is one i dont mind.
I have the exact same blue bowl..so pretty it looks no? :)

Sarah Naveen said...

RC ..Glad to here that :-)...
Nisha ....I love this blue bowl and didn't know why i never used it b4..Love all ur props :-)

Sarah Naveen said...

Sini darling...
I am the one who is missing u the most..How I wish you and maloos come by when i was making this and we chatting over coffee ....Hope you guys will be back here ...and the pic became this beautiful just cos of u guys :-)..ah y know why :-)

Swapna said...

Beautiful pictures as always Honey:)

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

WOWW.... SUPERB sARAH... AND I LOVED THAT OBLONG SHAPE , just like croquettes :)..
snap kalakki :)r u working atho vere enthengilum VISESHAM undo//??
ippo athikam kaanarilla..atha chodiche :)

Sarah Naveen said...

Lena :-) :-)..everyone is asking me the same question :-) :-)

Letizia Golosa said...

These look delicious!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah
I am a bachelor presently living in Texas ...I do not cook much , have tried just two or three from your recipe collection. they all were very simple and yummy.
I am a great fan of your photos. I check your site every day to see new captures.
You see food in a beautiful way which makes me really miss home.
Best wishes-
Renjith Menon Chavalli

Pavithra Elangovan said...

They look sooooooooooo crispy and yumm:) and photos certainly makes anyone drooooooool Honey.

MyFudo™ said...

Looks delicious indeed, love that it is easy to make too...

Malli said...

One of my all-time favorites....Mmmmm

Saranya said...

nannayirikkunnu :)
Saranya
http://nicesaranya.blogspot.com/
http://foodandtaste.blogspot.com/

maha said...

very healthy n tasty too..nice pics.Book marked.
Maha

kankana said...

I loved the writing and I loved the recipe. fish cutlet is one of my favorite snack bite and I am making some tomorrow for a party :) Beautiful photography!

Cathleen said...

Oh my my. I can`t looks away. These look too good!

jayarajmurukkumpuzha said...

easter, vishu aashamsakal..... blogil puthiya post..... ANNARAKKANNAA VAA..... vayikkane...........

Justbeanme said...

U r tuna cutles are the super hit snacks in my house .... I had to even send parcel of tinned tuna to my moms place so that she can make the way u did... trust me.... i mean it.. .these are just melt in mouth types!!
Have a great Vishu!!
Tc

Tisa Jacob said...

SO beautiful, both your pictures and your recipes, Sarah, love your space :)

Rev said...

hey this one is a super hit!

Sarah Naveen said...

Christy ! so happy to hear that :-)...A great Vishu to you too!
Tisa...Thanks a bunch :-)
Rev :-)..Thank you :-)

Ambika said...

Wonderful wonderful blog. Loads of recipes to try out. Thanks Sarah!
Am your newest follower.

Rachel said...

Looks good... a great snack for my next party! Love the pictures!

Sarah Naveen said...

Ambika and Rachel ..Thanks a lot :-)

Jay said...

absolutely mouthwatery..:P
Tasty Appetite

Sherly Aji said...

Entte ammo..........Super!!!

carpet cleaning Fargo said...

Looks super delicious

beena mathew said...

hi, ur photos are too good.. can i know which camera are u using.. keep rocking!!

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ബ്ലോഗില്‍ പുതിയ പോസ്റ്റ്‌....... മാലിന്യ പ്രശ്നം പരിഹരിക്കട്ടെ........ വിലപ്പെട്ട അഭിപ്രായം അറിയിക്കണേ.......

Malli said...

One of my all-time favorites especially on a cold and rainy day...Sarah how are you surviving Frankenstorm..stay safe:)

anthony stemke said...

These look good and the pictures too.
Thanks.

Sureshkumar Punjhayil said...

Tasty ...! Thanks for sharing it.

Shibi Thomas said...

First time on your blog....tuna cutlet is my all time favorite cutlet...I was checking the site and my son just caught his eye on the cutlet and he remarked it as 'yum' coz its his fav too!!!! You got a good collection of authenticate 'Keralite dishes'....so glad to follow you.

P V Ariel said...

Yummy!!!
The Pics are really attractive !!!
Keep it up
Best Regards
Phil

K@nn(())raan*خلي ولي said...

earlier we had ur tasty fud frm here.
still we r here in vazhayila.

Aysha said...

Love the pics!!!Amazing and interesting recipe too....

Pratiba Bhat said...

Sarah. First of all congratulations for your photography skills. Everything looks perfect here. Must appreciate your hard work!

Dizzy Lizzie said...

There is such melancholy in your writing. I hope that you are fine :) Been reading you for a long while now, and I have noticed your absence. Stay well.

kamrul hasan said...

i was the looking for the same and related info, what you describe on your article. And found you through google search. Its helps me a lots and i understood that you are one of skill article writer/ blogger. I have book marked your blog and hope to visit again to learn more. Thanks for your valuable efforts and time.

Revathi said...

Wow u have a nice blog.First time here and i like all ur recipes. When u r free please drop into my blog.

Sheeba said...

Awesome recipe!!! Made them last nite and we all loved the cutlets including my 15 month old. LOVE your blog!!

Anonymous said...

thanks sarah..Am sherin from dubai. This is the first time i used canned tuna and of course making cutlets too.but it came out well because of you..i changed the mix according to our taste but the original source is yours so thanks again...
Happy cooking :)

Revathi said...

looks delicious awesome cilcks dear..have started following you and you have great collection of recipes,When your free plz drop into my space and will be encrouging if you follow my space...Thanks

Anonymous said...

Great recipe....I tried this.... all loved this...Really Tasty....thanks a lot

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