These cutlets have a crispy slightly sweet outside due to breadcrumbs but moist, soft and spice inside is something I really love. It’s easy to make and can be done within minutes. To make cutlets, firm fleshed fish such as tuna or mackerel is cooked along with spices, onion and curry leaves. I have deep-fried these cutlets; it can be shallow fried also. One thing I like about these cutlets is that it can be shaped and stored in the freezer for a month.


  • 15 oz. Canned Tuna
  • 2 Medium Potatoes
  • 1 Onion Finely Chopped
  • 10 Curry Leaves Chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger Chopped
  • 4 Green Chillies Chopped
  • 1 tsp. Garam Masala
  • ¼ tsp. Fennel Seed Powder
  • ¼ tsp. Cumin/Jeera powder
  • ½ tsp. Crushed Black Pepper
  • ¼ tsp. Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Egg White Slightly Beaten
  • Bread Crumbs as Required
  • Salt to Taste
  • Oil for Frying


  1. Remove the lid and drain the water from the can.
  2. If using regular fish wash & clean the fish. Cook it with salt and ¼ tsp. turmeric.
  3. Shred the fish using a fork or your hands, drain the excess water, remove the bones from the fish & mince the fish.
  4. Heat oil in a pan & and brown the onion.
  5. Add ginger, green chilies and curry leaves.
  6. To the browned onion mixture, add minced fish, adjust salt (salt is already add while cooking fish so be careful/even if it is canned fish there is salt). Mix well.
  7. Add garam masala, cumin and fennel powder and mix. Cook for 5 more minutes.
  8. Sprinkle freshly crushed pepper.
  9. Cook the potatoes until they are tender, drain water completely mash it and keep it aside.
  10. When the fish mix cools, add mashed potatoes, mix it well with your hand to make a
  11. Make small balls in round, oval or in the shape you want, with your hand.
  12. Dip these balls one by one in beaten egg and roll it in bread crumbs
  13. Deep fry these in boiling hot oil and drain on paper towels.
  14. Serve Warm with Onion salad or ketchup or any dips as you prefer
  15. To make Onion Salad thinly slice Onions, and green chilies. Mix it well with salt and a tsp. of vinegar. DONE!!

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