For us Bengalis, any time is chop time. We do not need a festival or a special occasion to have it. It is usually an evening tea time pleasure for us. Earlier, I remember the men of the house would have chop with muri [puffed rice] and tea back home from office around 7.30 pm when rest of the world usually have their dinner. Now a days, perhaps it has become a week end affair. At least, at my house the small eater senior will not have anything but a small bowl of nuts on weekday evenings. He cannot have early dinners, so at our home we maintain the unhealthy practice of having dinner late.
Chop / Croquettes are a quintessential part of Bengali food culture. We prepare chop with almost anything, vegetables, fish, meat, egg. We either have it just like that or accompanied by jhal muri[spiced up puffed rice]. Tea is a must have with any kind of fritters. When I got married, I almost fainted to see this side of the family having tea end number of times throughout the day, even at an unearthly hour of the night, say 10 pm. The early to bed kind of girl thought when will they have dinner so that she gets to dive into the bed. Later, the situation improved with a cooperative pa-in-law who too wished to finish his dinner by 10-10.30 pm and retire for the day.
These fish chop / croquette were made last week as a week end fiesta. I usually try to prepare something special on weekends as they are special with my men around. If we are not going anywhere, we will have a late lunch, spend a leisurely evening over chitchat, tea and chop /fritters /fries. Come let us do Fish Chop / Fish Croquette in few easy steps.
White Fish Fillet : 300 - 500gm
Potato : 2medium[boiled]
Onion : 1big [sliced]
Minced Garlic : 1tbsp
Minced Ginger : 1/2tsp
Green Chilli : 2[chopped]
Cumin Powder : 1/2tsp
Coriander Powder : 1/2tsp
Cinnamon Powder : 1/4tsp
Cardamom Powder : 4-5 pinches
Red Chilli Powder : 1tsp
Salt : As Required
Turmeric Powder : 1/2tsp
Cumin Seed : 1/4tsp
Sugar : 1/2tsp[optional]
Bread Crumb : 1cup
Egg : 2[beaten]
Refined Flour : 2tbsp
Oil : 150 ml[to fry]
Wash and cut the fish fillets into smaller pieces and boil them in enough water for 5 minutes adding little salt. Once cool, drain the water and mash it with your palm.
Wash and boil the potatoes in enough water adding little salt. Once cool, peel and mash.
Heat oil in a pan. Temper with minced garlic and ginger. As they give a nice aroma, add the sliced onion. Fry till brown.
Add the mashed fish fillet to it and keep stirring for 4-5 minutes till the water released dries up.
Add all the spice powders and turmeric. Stir well for 2-3 minutes.
Add the mashed potato, salt and sugar. Fold in very well. Stir and cook for 4-5 minutes.
Add the refined flour and fold in well. Transfer to a bowl. It will look as below.
Once cool, shape into croquettes. Roll onto the bread crumbs taken on a plate. Put onto the beaten egg and then again roll onto the bread crumbs, just as below.
Our fish chops are ready to fry now. They look as below.
Heat oil in a wok. Fry the fish chops in batches just as below.
After sometime, transfer them to serving plate and serve with your choice of salad.