1)Fish fillets---1 kg
2)Onions sliced or chopped---1 1/2 cup , Green chillies chopped --3 nos
3)Ginger chopped--2 tablespoons heaped
4)Garlic chopped--2 tbsp
5)Pepper powder--1/2 tsp
6)Grated chedder cheese--1 cup
7)Lime juice--1-2 tsps
9)Fresh bread crumbs--to coat the fish fillets( about 1 1/2 cups)
FOR THE BATTER:-
10)Lightly beaten egg --1
11) Plain flour--1 small cup
12)Salt and little water
13)Oil for frying
Clean and slice fish into thick fillets.. Make slits on them but do not separate ..Marinate the cleaned fish fillets in a mixture of lime juice, salt and pepper powder for one hour.
Heat butter or oil in a frying pan and saute the onions, ginger, green chillies and garlic till lightly browned.. Switch off the flame and cool for a few minutes.. Stir in the grated cheese and half the lighly beaten egg kept aside for the batter..Add some pepper powder and salt to taste.. Be carefull with salt since we are adding cheese that itself is salty..
Make a batter with plain flour, little water,salt and half the beaten egg , thick enough to coat the fish.
Take each fish fillet and place spoonfulls of the filling between the slit..Close the slit and dip carefully into the batter.. Then place them in fresh bread crumbs,shape it well between your palms so that the crumbs get adhered to the fillets well ... Keep aside on a tray or plate..
Heat oil till very hot and drop the fillets carefully into the oil, one or two at a time, and then immediately reduce the flame.. Let cook slowly over medium low flame till medium dark brown ..Just before removing from the oil increase the flame a bit and then remove and drain on paper towel..
Serve hot and crisp on a bed of lettuce, sliced tomatoes ,onions and cucumber.May use with tomato sauce..But that is optional.. Personally I like to have it plain , so that the cheesy flavour along with that of the tasty fillets dominate !
UNTIL NEXT TIME ,