Sunday, August 1, 2010

Tuna Cutlets

...and we're back!

So, after a hiatus of just less than 365 days, we're back. And with good reason too. A lot had happened in the interim. Many changes (more about that HERE), some life changing. One of the biggest changes is that we have a kitchen of our own now. All the better to experiment with!
After weeks of cooking, bettering culinary skills, significantly widening the repertoire of things that can be cooked at home (yes, there is a world beyond dal-roti!), and thinking many-a-time that we should revive this spot, we decided finally, to quote a much overused cliche, JUST DO IT.

Presenting this weeks kitchen adventure:

2 cans of tuna, drained
3 medium sized potatoes, mashed
2 medium sized onions, finely chopped
1 large piece of ginger, grated
2 green chillies, finely chopped
1 handful of coriander leaves
1 heaped teaspoon crushed pepper
Salt to taste
Juice of half a lime
Oil for sautéing

1 egg
2 cups breadcrumbs


Finely chop onions, coriander and chillies. Grate the piece of ginger finely. Keep aside.

Boil potatoes and mash them. Add salt, pepper and chopped coriander and mix well. Keep aside.

In a kadhai, heat some oil. Sauté onions till translucent (take care not to brown them). Add ginger and chillies and sauté well.

Add the drained tuna and mix well.

Keep mixing till the tuna is semi-cooked and separates into shreds.

Combine the mashed potatoes and tuna mixture. Mix well.

Add juice of half a lime.
Add additional salt and pepper if required.

Beat an egg in a bowl and lay out the breadcrumbs in a separate dish.

Take spoonfuls of the cutlet mixture and roll into patties (1 cm thickness to ensure they cook evenly). Keep aside.

Take the cutlets one at a time, roll in the beaten egg and coat with breadcrumbs.

Shallow fry cutlets till golden brown on both sides.

Enjoy hot, with bread!


Lekha (AKA Chandresh), for all the inspiration, transfer of knowledge, chicita company and motivation to embark on this tedious and laborious adventure! I couldnt have done it without you. Im going to miss our food-obsessions, random cravings and experiments!

VC, for bringing back his enthusiasm to shoot this adventure, despite the light and setting being inadequate for his pro-skills!