Ammu's Foli Fish Kofta

    35 mins

    If you are a big fish fan, then you must try this recipe! The Foli Fish Kofta is unique for its preparation method. It is great to have with Tetul Chutney or plain Tomato Ketchup.


    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    10 people made this

    Serves: 5 

    • 250 gram-4 pieces of Foli Fish
    • 1 tablespoon Garlic paste
    • 1 tablespoon Ginger paste
    • 1 tablespoon Onion paste
    • 1 tablespoon Turmeric powder
    • 1 tablespoon Red chill powder
    • 1/2 tablespoon Jeera ( Cumin) powder
    • As needed Salt
    • For deep frying the amount should be such that the koftas are floating on the vegetable or soyabean oil
    • For garnishing you can use cucumber slices

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Ingredient snapshot: spices, onions and green chillies.
    2. Place the raw whole fish on a hard surface. With a pestel flatten one side of the fish surface-do make sure that the skin of the fish does not tear up and that the shape of the fish remains intact. Repeat on the reverse side. With a knife, carefully cut along one side of the fish, fold open the top side of the fish skin and slowly take out the flattened fish meat. Collect the fish meat on a separate bowl and pluck out every small and big fish bone. Place the plucked out fish meat on a bowl. Carefully lift the fish skin so that the skin does not dangle off and place on a separate plate.
    3. On the bowl with the plucked out fish meat, add garlic, ginger and onion paste, turmeric powder, onion slices, red chilli powder, jeera ( cumin) powder and salt as needed. Mix well until the onions become soft.
    4. Place the fish skin of one fish on a plate. Fold open the top skin such that the inside of the fish is flat. Fill in one side of the fish skin with the fish meat and spices mixture.
    5. Now fold the empty side of the skin back on top of the filling and wrap well. Make sure that the top and bottom side skin of the fish is tucked properly so that the filling does not fall out.
    6. Repeat for each fish.
    7. Fry in deep vegetable or soyabean oil on medium heat. Fry on both sides and the fish will be ready when the skin has turned brown. This should not take more than 10 minutes. Cut the fish pieces in half and serve with fresh sliced cucumber.

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    This looks really good, but would be really hard to try for someone like me. I was assuming the fish kofta would be drenched in a curry sauce (jhol), but I had no idea it could be made this way too.  -  18 Jun 2012


    to sadia_cheese: the recipe is indeed a bit difficult, particularly the step where one has to take out the fish meat. But it is not very time consuming, and can be done after one or two times. It is very yummy and definitely worth trying. Plus, you can try using bigger fishes with less bones-it might be easier for u to process the fish.  -  04 Aug 2012