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Easy peasy ‘maacher chop’, anyone?

Looking for a mid-week munchy?

Published 21.09.22, 05:40 AM
Image courtesy: Pooja Mitra

Is the rain dampening the pre-Puja spirit? Well, while some things are beyond us, and some things aren’t. But fret not, a maacher chop recipe, which can be made in under 40 minutes, is an instant mood-lifter . Add some cha on the side and some kasundi, and you’re set to chase the blues away.


  • Rui or Katla: 300 gm
  • Boiled potatoes: 2 large
  • Finely chopped onion: 1 large
  • Finely chopped green chilli: 2
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves: 3 tablespoons
  • Finely chopped tomato: ½ 
  • Roasted coriander and cumin powder: 1 tablespoon
  • Blackpepper powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Lemon juice: 1 tablespoon
  • Ginger and garlic paste: 1 tablespoon
  • Garam masala powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Bay leaf: 1
  • Green chilli: 1
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Beaten eggs: 2
  • Bread crumbs: ½ cup
  • Chaat masala: 1 teaspoon


  • Marinate the fish pieces with a pinch of turmeric powder and salt
  • Boil the fish pieces with bay leaf and green chilli for one full whistle
  • Devein the pieces and set them aside
  • In a mixing bowl, take the boiled potatoes and mash into a smooth pulp
  • Add chopped onion, green chilli, tomato, coriander leaves along with salt, sugar, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, ginger and garlic paste, cumin and coriander powder and black pepper powder. Mix well
  • Now, squeeze any excess water in fish and add to the bowl
  • Also add garam masala powder and knead into a soft dough
  • Heat oil in a pan to deep fry the fish croquettes
  • Take a little bit of the filling in your palm and give desired shape
  • Coat each croquette in egg and bread crumb and deep fry till light brown
  • Drain excess oil, sprinkle chaat masala and serve hot


  • You can also make this recipe with leftover fish or any fish or meat of your choice
  • Make sure that the potato and fish do not have excess water. That will make your croquettes soggy