Sri Lankan fish cutlets

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'Cutlets' are one of the most popular snacks (or ‘short eats’) found in Sri Lanka, coming in many different shapes and sizes and containing either fish or vegetables. Just one bite of these mackerel-filled, deep-fried spiced potato balls will instantly convert you to the Sri Lankan way of snacking!

Discover more delicious Sri Lankan recipes from the brilliant restaurant Kolamba in Soho here.

First published in 2020





Place the potatoes in a pan of cold water, then bring to the boil and simmer until tender. Drain and allow to cool
While the potatoes cool, pour the vegetable oil into a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and fry gently for 5 minutes until soft but without colour, then add the green chillies, salt, pepper, curry powder, cumin and sugar. Cook for a further 2 minutes
Stir in the flaked mackerel and leave to gently cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
Meanwhile, peel the cooled potatoes and break up into small chunks. Once the fish mixture has been cooking for 15 minutes, stir in the lemon juice, potatoes and coriander, then remove from the heat and allow to cool
Once the mixture has cooled, roll the mixture into golf ball-sized balls weighing approximately 50g each
Bring a deep-fat fryer or deep pan of oil to 180°C. Meanwhile, place the eggs in one bowl and the breadcrumbs in another. Coat the balls in the eggs and then the breadcrumbs, ensuring they are completely coated
Deep-fry the cutlets (in batches, if needed), until golden brown and crisp all over. Serve immediately with a tomato or chilli sauce on the side and garnish with fried curry leaves, if using
First published in 2020

Kolamba is a Sri Lankan restaurant in Soho, London, owned by Eroshan and Aushi Meewella.

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