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!


  1. I love the photographs VC, you make all the effort worthwhile. Reva it is so much fun cooking with you, will miss all the Sunday madness! Niyu your missing presence was haunting and all your surreal comments were much needed, so come back soon ;)

  2. Where's CLP going? What's with all the farewell "I will miss you" type comments?

    And I looooooooooooooowe VC's credit. Not good enough for his pro skills it seems :P

  3. PK: clp updates shall be given by clp via fb :P
    and yeah vc did a lot of direction to get us to give him good angles and capture the right light. we were just not professional enough for him!

  4. nice! .. I will add this to my reader .. just dont take another 365 day hiatus

  5. ho!! nice stuff yo. too bad i don't eat Tuna hehehehe :) Can totally empathise with VC about the lighting though. Good job da VC.

  6. clp: il miss you too :( especially in the kitchen!

    nisha: this time i think i have an added bout of enthusiasm to keep me going!

    ak: tuna is goooohhhd!

  7. Hey I love your blog. Anand told me about it. Great job with the photos. I'd love some tips from VC. Great job... keep going dont quit and congrats on acquiring your own kitchen.

  8. hey, thanks :)
    and i think i was partly inspired by your blog to resume this one. i am "following" you!

  9. hi dear

    i chanced upon ur blog ... u have such a lovely photo essay of ur recipes...i always wanted to prepare brownie and in love with ur brownie ... i am looking forward to more recipes from as now u are back : )