Here is the recipe for Sri Lankan Fish Cutlets that I promised earlier.
I love these delicious fish cakes, or fish cutlets. This is the best way to use the humble tinned tuna, I promise! Serve them as snacks, or perhaps in sandwiches. I had them with thin slices of raw red onion, and it worked just great, though I must admit I usually really don’t like raw onion.
UPDATE 22 May 2010: I made the fish cakes with coriander, instead of curry leaves, and lemon instead of lime juice. I also add about a tbsp of dessicated coconut. It worked great!
Sri Lankan Fish Cutlets
PREPARATION TIME: about 15 min
COOKING TIME: 30 min
CUISINE: Sri Lankan
SERVES: 3 – 4 (makes about 14 – 15 6 cm wide fishcakes)
2 medium potatoes, cubed
2 tins of tuna
½ medium red onion, chopped finely
2 – 3 green chillies, chopped finely, deseeded if you wish
A few springs of curry leaves, shredded (I used 4, but I like curry leaves a lot)
½ tsp black pepper, freshly ground (or coarsely ground cumin and black pepper mixture)
½ tsp or more Sri Lankan chili powder
2 tbsp breadcrumbs, plus extra for coating
Lime juice to taste (start with ½ lime, and add more if you want)
2 medium eggs, beaten (or one large, with a little bit of water stirred in)
Oil for deep frying
1. Boil the potatoes until soft. When they’re done, drain the potatoes and leave to cool in the sieve. You want the water from the potatoes to evaporate, so do leave them for long enough.
2. In the meanwhile, prepare the remaining ingredients except for the salt and lime juice, and mix them in a bowl. When the potatoes have cooled down, mash them and add to the mixture in the bowl. Add the lime juice and salt to taste.
3. Time to shape the cutlets! Take about a golf-ball sized amount of mixture and roll it into a ball. Next, flatten the ball, dip into the egg, and then into bread crumbs. Do all the cutlets in this way.
4. Pour oil into a deep pan, or a wok (which is what I used, and what Jasmine uses), and put on medium high. You’ll need enough oil for deep frying, a few centimeters, I’d say. The oil is hot enough when it sizzles when you insert a wooden spoon inside.
5. Fry the cutlets for a few min on each side, until they’re heated through and the coating is cooked. Enjoy!
More Sri Lankan Food at Maninas:
The aroma of curry leaves: Sri Lankan cooking (Introduction)
Sri Lankan spices (including recipes for Sri Lankan garam masala, curry powder and more!)
This is my entry for this week’s WHB, hosted by Susan from