Saturday, March 21, 2009

Fish Fritters

I can see the wind is changing its course.The colour of sunlight is slowly turning crimson yellow depicting spring has arrived.With this ,the chirping of birds has risen as if they are whispering to each other “Elo Basanto elo re!” meaning Look the spring has come.
Spring is the season of joy.Joy to see nature’s bounty in full bloom.

There is this mango tree near our small home, which we can see from our room’s window, it has started showing sign’s of new life, the small green mangoes are more prominent now, by the end of April or May, may be we will be able to see fully ripened mangoes (and that will be a real treat).We are now waiting for some delicious ripened mango (if they are any more left!!)
Even the entire neighbourhood is keeping a strict eye on every movement around it.So; you know this mango tree has suddenly become the centre of attraction or an apple err a mango of every eye …
With growing interest, it is now also regularly being watered, till few days ago many would park their car under this tree’s shade, not anymore now …..They have overwhelmedly given that space to the care-takers to water and clean it regularly…….
Such is the importance of this tree now, elders would yell at every neighbourhood children who would end up playing cricket under its shade or even near it (this means for the time being my AC and windows are shock –proof now!!)
One fine morning I was awaken to the noise outside, a group of morning walkers gathered under its shade and were looking upwards at it very enthusiastically …
I peeked in and saw Mrs B in white tracksuits and in white /peach walking shoes which she had purchased from a sale near-by a big shoe-retail house (how I know it, I was there doing the same!!) She was talking to Mrs M, “onek golo dekhte parchi” (Yeah! I can see many of them)
Mrs M ”Daraon dekho amader agey E shobayi pere kheye nebe, kitcho ekta beboshta korte hobe” (wait before we can get any, there are many who would eat it right there) Then she gave a very crossed look at my window as if she can sense I was there and my heart went pounding with the sound of dub-dub ,can almost hear it in my ears.
Ahh! One mango tree and so many stake holders, uff!!

So friends I have leaved my stake over it .It is very saddening because I am depriving myself of eating fresh mangoes from our fav mango tree,which I am sure you all know is the most precious fruit mother nature has given.
It feels little peaceful also sometimes , just to see it every fine morning with cozy breeze blowing , birds chirping and leaves synchronizing with the rythum and little green mangoes dancing to the tune of life . To me these are indeed small joys of life, isn’t?

May this tree gets its real due and is not butchered for the sale and allotment of parking slots in our residential area!!

Coming to the recipe now, we had some fried fish left which we did not want to eat like a normal fish curry.I thought why not try making it as fritters.This is very simple and quick recipe , any one without much experience in kitchen can make it , but trust me the result is very delicious. Here is the recipe for fish fritters

Fish Fritters
2-3 fried fish pieces (rui /katla mach)
½ cup of besan/chick pea flour
1 -2 tsp of red pepper powder
1 tsp of cumin powder
1 tsp of coriander powder
1tsp of garam masala

4-5 tsp of onion/garlic/ginger paste
Salt as per taste
Oil for frying the fritters

Dig out the small bones out of fried fish pieces, take out the skin also (it will splatter oil while frying the fritters)
Now mix in with besan/chick pea flour, red pepper powder, cumin, coriander powder,onion/garlic/ginger paste and salt as per taste.
Heat up heavy bottomed pan, add oil and drop in some mixture into the oil, fry the fritters at low to deep fry.Take out and drain out the excess oil in tissue paper.
Serve with coriander chutney or any chunky salsa (I used to eat it with Ragu pasta sauce even!!)

Happy Cooking Friends


  1. Jaya ami maacher leftover diye kheema banai .. tai diye roll ba pakora kori. Tomar shoja idea ta darun .. er por theke tai korbo. Amaye ekta fish pakora debe? :-)

  2. Fish fritters look yumm.
    In mmy native place too we have 2 magno trees and when iring my mom in the mago season she says it is full with magoes and i am drooling here.

  3. i love the light in the second pic. i miss seafood from my carnivorous days.

  4. Sharmila,
    I always fry the fish pieces in bulk , so we end up eating the fish for 2-3 days in a row, fridge theke baar kore , ekto holod/lanka goron diye amaar macher jhol hoye jaye ...

    Thanks and yeah I know you must be missing it too much ...

    Thanks and like you we are too just so fond of eating it ...hehe..
    Thanks for droping by ...
    hugs and smiles

  5. yay!!fish fritters ..look so yummy:)

  6. Love the description of Mango tree in your backyard, brings back memories. Weather is changing indeed, it's getting warmer here.

    Fritters looks yum, my son loves Fish dishes! :)

  7. Meenal,
    Thanks for coming by ....

    yeasterday we had a splash of rain for few mintues so its quite pleasent now but otherwise it becomes very hot ...
    Thanks for liking it ....
    hugs and smiles

  8. No no don't let go of the mango tree yet :) But "para chelera" pakar agei kheye nebe

  9. Oh those looks totally delish! I can use some with my evening cofee right about now :)

  10. Sandeepa,
    quite right there LOL..

    Yeah sure , why not..:))..
    hugs and smiles


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