How to make Macher Chop- Sk Khazana -

A delicious starter, a favourite of the Bengalis, made with fish and potatoes

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

Main Ingredients : Rohu fish (रोहू मछली), Salt (नमक)

Cuisine : Bengali

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Macher Chop- Sk Khazana

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The Bengalis are great food lovers and take pride in their cuisine.  In fact so obsessed are they about food, that the man of the house goes to the market daily to buy a fresh supply vegetables and fish which is a must in their daily menu.  The medium of cooking is mustard oil which adds its own pungency.  Another very important item of Bengali cuisine is the variety of sweets or mishti as they call them.  Most of them are milk based and are prepared from chhena.
A meal, for the Bengali, is a ritual in itself.  Bengalis spend not only the great deal of time thinking about the food but also on its preparation and eating. 

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Macher Chop- Sk Khazana Recipe

  • Rohu fish cut into 1 inch pieces 300 grams

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Mustard oil 4 tablespoons

  • Potatoes boiled and peeled 2 large

  • Green chillies chopped 2

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons

  • Raisins 10-15

  • Bhaja masala 2 teaspoons

  • Onion chopped 1 large

  • Bread crumbs 1 cup

  • Eggs whisked 2

  • Tomato ketchup to serve

Method

Step 1

Take fish pieces in a bowl, add salt and turmeric powder and mix well.

Step 2

Heat 2 tbsps mustard oil in a non-stick pan, place the fish pieces in it and shallow-fry, turning sides, till both sides till done. Drain and keep them on a plate and set aside to cool.

Step 3

Take the potatoes in a mixing bowl and mash them, add green chillies, salt, coriander leaves, raisins and bhaja masala. (To make bhaja masala, dry roast cumin seeds, coriander seeds, bay leaves, dried red chillies and cinnamon, cool and grind to a fine powder.) Add raisins and mix well.

Step 4

Heat the oil remaining in the same pan, add onions and sauté till golden brown in colour.

Step 5

Remove the bones from the fish and add the flesh to the potato mixture. Add the sautéed onions and mix well.

Step 6

Heat remaining oil in a flat non-stick tawa. Take whisked eggs in a bowl and spread breadcrumbs in a plate.

Step 7

Divide the mixture in equal medium sized portions, roll them into balls and flatten them slightly to shape them into tikkis. Dip in egg and then coat it with breadcrumbs and keep them on another plate.

Step 8

Place these chops on the tawa and shallow-fry, turning sides, till the chops are golden on both sides. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 9

Arrange them on a serving plate and serve hot with tomato ketchup.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.