II Machhli (Stuffed Herrings) II

Ingredients: (Serves 4)

  • 4 medium herrings (fish)
  • 450 gms / 1/2lb potatoes (boiled, peeled and mashed)
  • 1large onion
  • 1tsp grated ginger
  • 2 green chilies (finely chopped)
  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 1tsp vinegar
  • 3/4th cup gram flour (besan)
  • 50gms / 1/4th cup butter
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1tbsp fresh soft bread crumbs
  • Oil for deep frying

For Garnishing :

  • 1tbsp coriander leaves (chopped)
  • 1 lemon (sliced)
  • 4 lettuce leaves
Preperation :
  • Heat the butter in a frying pan and fry onion until golden.
  • Add cumin, ginger, salt, green chilies and coriander.
  • Mix together with the lemon juice, mashed potatoes and vinegar.
  • Clean and cut herrings and stuff with potato mixture.
  • Make a batter by beating gram flour, water and bread crumbs together  until smooth.
  • Heat oil in a kadhai / wok.
  • Dip each fish in the batter and fry until golden & crisp on a moderate heat.
  • Garnish with coriander, lemon slices and lettuce leaves and serve hot.
  • Goes well as a side dish with non- vegetarian menu.