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Friday, August 18, 2017

Macher Chop (Bengali Style) | Fish Croquette


Macher Chop Recipe is my today's post, 'Maach' or 'Mach' means fish. Macher Chop is a favorite Bengali snack made with fish. Evening snacks play a vital role in Bengali households and 'Tele-bhaja' takes the lead which literally means deep fried fritters. Kolkata offers many such chops like Beetroot Chops, Keema or Aloo'r Chop to name a few. The vegetarian version of chop is supposed to be slightly on the sweeter side. But in all variations the outer shell has to be very crispy. The stuffing here is made with fish, cooked tossed with spices then dipped in egg mix and finally in breadcrumbs. It is served with Kashundi (Bengali Style Mustard Sauce), onions and black salt.


Ingredients:
5-6 Rui/ Katla fish or you can use any other boneless fish
2 Onions, finely chopped
3 Potatoes, boiled
4 Green chilies, chopped
1 tsp chopped Ginger
5 Garlic pods, chopped finely
1 tsp Bengali Garam masala
1 tsp roasted Cumin powder
1 tsp Chilly powder
2 Eggs
1 cup Breadcrumbs + 1 tbsp Onion powder
Black salt to sprinkle on top of croquette
Salt to taste
Oil to fry

Method:
There are two ways either you can boil fish or marinate with salt and fry then de-bone it. I always boil fish pieces with some salt and cook till they are tender. Drain, discard the water and allow it to cool. Remove the bones from the fish and mash it with fingers.


 Peel off the skin of potatoes and keep aside. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and add onion, green chilies, ginger, garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add minced fish and mix well. Add all the spices, mashed potato and fry till the mixture becomes dry. Allow the mixture to cool. Take a portion of mixture and make a ball and flatten into oval shape. Lightly beat the eggs with pinch of salt and transfer to a big bowl. Keep the plate ready with breadcrumbs near it. Dip each fish chop into egg  batter and then rolled into breadcrumbs. Repeat this step twice to get the crispy crust outside. Keep all the cops in a flat tray and place it in the refrigerator for 1/2 hour. Heat oil in a deep pan or wok. Carefully slide 3-4 croquettes at a time and fry until golden brown in colour.
Use a kitchen towel to absorb any excess oil. Sprinkle some black salt over the chops. Serve these cutlets with ketchup or Kashundi and onion rings. 



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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tropical Overnight Oats in Jar | Healthy No Cook Breakfasts


I am totally smitten and in love with Overnight Oats. And today's Tropical Overnight Oats Jar is something which suits my taste-buds. I mean what's there not to love this quick fix? It has season's king fruit - Mango, the toasted Coconut Flakes adds that extra zing along with papaya, pomegranate, banana which are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and very good for skin. You could use regular coconut flakes or shredded coconut in this Overnight Jar, for the extra crunchiness I have roasted coconut flakes. It's literally heaven inside a jar ! The best part is you can make it the night before and have this quick and fuss free breakfast on the go next day.

Ingredients: 
1/2 cup Old fashioned oats {NOT THE QUICK OATS}
1/2 cup  Greek Yogurt
1 tbsp Honey
1/4 cup Papaya, chopped into bite-size chunks
1/4 cup Pomegranate 
1/4 cup Mango, diced
2 tsp Honey
1 tbsp unsweetened toasted Coconut flakes 1 tbsp Chia seeds


Method:
Add chia, oats, honey, greek yogurt and coconut flakes in a bowl and mix together well . Place a fruit layer first in a mason jar. Pour the above oats mixture in the jar and on top garnish all the remaining fruits. Close the lid and refrigerate overnight. Take the jar out from the fridge next morning and enjoy every spoonful. 


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