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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fish Packets (Meen Puffs)


Back in action after a long monsoon vacation in Kerala.
I’d like to share this simple snack which was prepared by mom for Iftaar. Do try as it’s finger lickin' good!
  
Masala (filling):
King fish (preferably)- 3 medium slices( marinate with turmeric and salt)
Onion- 4
Ginger + garlic paste- 1inch + 6  cloves
Green chilly- 2
Curry leaves -few
Coriander leaves: few
Turmeric
Salt
Oil for frying

For the pancake:
Plain flour (Maida) – 300gm
Egg-1
Salt
(makes 15packets)

Method:
Shallow fry the fish, discard any bones and shred into small pieces with a fork.
Take 3tsp oil in a pan and sauté onion.  Add ginger garlic paste, green chilly, curry leaves, coriander leaves & turmeric. Sauté for 5mins until well mixed.
Your filling is ready.
Make a semi liquid batter with Maida, egg, water and salt ( slightly thinner than Dosa mix).
Now pour a ladle of batter in a pan and make a very thin pancake ( apprx 15-20cm diameter). When half cooked, place 1tbsp of masala in the centre.
Immediately fold it from both sides to form a square packet. (it will stick on its own). 

Once all the packets are ready, shallow fry in oil until cooked on both sides.
Dip the fried packets in beaten egg- (mixed with salt and pepper) and slightly fry in the pan with a few teaspoons of oil.
Your Fish packets are ready!

Alternate method for frying, recommended by my sister: Fold the packets lengthwise, dip it in beaten egg and then in bread crumbs and deep fry till golden brown. This will give you a crispier version as compared to the former which is soft. I like it in any form.   

9 comments:

the Junkie book said... Reply to comment

wow i can tell you by reading it how lip smacking good it is as you've mentioned.

welcome back. i love your recipes!! i'll definitely try out this one for my family!

Aleema Misbah said... Reply to comment

@the Junkie book yes do try it..i'm sure u'll love it!

Anonymous said... Reply to comment

love this recipe!

Aleema Misbah said... Reply to comment

@Anonymous thank you anon!

the Junkie book said... Reply to comment

am making this tomorrow. my mum in law said she's made it long back and it's wonderful!

the Junkie book said... Reply to comment

i think i'll skip the last step of dipping it in beaten egg and frying with a lil oil because the batter already has egg. it may not hurt the taste right? also three medium pieces do you mean medium chunks or medium slices like we cut for frying normally. that would be too less.

Aleema Misbah said... Reply to comment

dipping in egg and bread crumbs works fine and tastes great! 3 large thick slices (palm size)(the ones we cut for frying), if small you may use 4.
do let me know how it turned!!

AyeshaF said... Reply to comment

Looks delicious, I am surely going to try it. Nice blog, btw.

Aleema Misbah said... Reply to comment

@AyeshaFthanks ayesha..do try and let me know. btw where can i find your personal details in your blog?

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