Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Maacher Chop

I felt a pang of guilt caramelizing the onions for the Maacher Chop (Bengali Fish Croquettes) today. Apparently, people in India are reeling under the sky rocketing price of onions, yet again. If it makes you feel any better, I get two pounds of onions (about a kilo) for close to six dollars.

IMG_3789 IMG_3806 This Maacher Chop recipe is largely Uttara Ghosh’s. I have just made some cosmetic changes to it. Uttara was quick to come to my rescue when I requested for a recipe on Facebook. I have used Sole fish fillets, though traditionally Bengali Fish Chops are made with Rui or Kaatla maach. You can even use Tilapia like Satrupa and Sandeepa have.

Ingredients for Maacher Chop are:

400 grams fish fillet (use any white fish)
3-4 medium size potatoes, boiled and peeled
1 medium red onion, slivered fine
4-5 green chilies, finely chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic, made into a paste
1 small knob of ginger, grated
10 raisins
Handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped
1 teaspoon red chili powder
Half teaspoon garam masala powder
Quarter teaspoon turmeric powder
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Half cup breadcrumbs 1 bay leaf
1 black cardamom
1 small stick of cinnamon
Canola or mustard oil

In a saucepan, add the fish, bay leaf, turmeric, salt, cardamom and cinnamon. Pour enough water to cover all the ingredients. Cook this for 5-7 minutes on high, till the fish turns flaky. Discard the whole spices and drain the water. With a fork, mash the fish and keep.

Heat 2-3 tablespoons oil in a pan and add the slivered onions and fry them till they turn brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and keep in a bowl.

In the remaining oil, add the fish, raisins, garlic paste, ginger, red chili powder, garam masala powder, half teaspoon sugar and salt to taste. Mix well and cook for 4-5 minutes.
IMG_3793 Transfer the fish mixture to the bowl of caramelized onions.

Now mash the boiled potatoes and add to the fish and onion mixture. Add chopped green chilies and coriander to it. Do a taste test before you season with salt. Pound all the ingredients well. You can start with a spoon, but end with your hand. That’s the most effective way to do it!

Take lemon-size balls of this mixture and shape into “chops” between the palms of your hands.

IMG_3794 You can ready these and deep fry them just before serving. But make sure you cover them and refrigerate.

Heat oil in a wok, until almost smoking. Make a mixture with cornstarch and water and dip the chops in them first. Then roll each on a bed of breadcrumbs.

Uttara suggested I use slices of bread soaked in water and squeezed into the potato-fish mixture, which is a tried and tested method of “binding” chops and cutlets and prevent them from disintegrating while deep frying. But I did not have bread at home today. So I did what I have done for my Koraishuti’r Chop.

IMG_3797 IMG_3796 Deep fry each chop till they turn golden brown. Serve with ketchup or kasundi and onion rings when they are not 80 rupees a kilo!

IMG_3804 Thank you, Uttara for this jewel of a recipe!


Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Pree
How are you? I like this chop and will make it. I normally used to make fish chop with a spiced mashed potato jacket. Your method looks great.. I shall follow your method and let me see how great it tastes.
Have a nice day

Priya said...

Thats a truly tempting crispy chops, i dont bother to have some rite now..

Jaya said...

mach'er chop bhetki diye banataam India te, eyikhane eshe tilapia hi use kori..would love to have it as it's very cold and snowing here..Wish you and yours a very happy Christmas..hugs and smiles

Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy said...

This recipe looks wonderful with Lots of spices and seasonings going in !However I am really not a big fan of macher chops because of the potatoes.I prefer fish fry instead!

GB said...

Pree--you temptress of all things edible---these look wonderful!

(I'm sure your onions will be more expensive once you factor in the gst and pst---so glad we're done with that!)

? said...

Looks scrumptious!

Jay said...

lovely presentation...really crisp n delicious..
Tasty appetite

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

these look so sinfully good! Love the deep brown color you got!

notyet100 said...

i gonna try this,..:-)

aipi said...

I can tell its beautifully done, should be delight for fish lovers!

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Purba said...

I like it when someone else makes it for me :)

Scribbler :) said...

Can I come over for dinner?