Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Kerala Fish Cutlets & Brussel Sprouts

There's ALWAYS fish in my parent's house. 

At any moment, you'll find fish in all of its different forms in our house - big fish, small fish, curried fish, fried fish, dried fish, pickled fish, canned fish, and it keeps going... Thats what happens when your parents are from Kerala (a south indian coastal state), where "fish" is a way of life.

My sis and I quickly got tired of fish, eating it everyday. But somehow our parents never did! 

It was only after moving out of the house I missed eating fish curry and fried fish. Im too scared to try and make my mom's amazing fish curry. Instead,I made something that had flavors reminiscent of my mom's fish curry but way simpler - Fish Cutlets!

spicy fish cutlets

The following is my mom's recipe but as Ive mentioned before, my mom, mom-in-law nor I cook with exact measurements. I realize many of you would like exact measurements - so I found a comparable recipe online from

Tuna Fish (canned) - I used the tuna fish variety that is not canned but fresh sealed without oil.
Onion(chopped) - I used green onions
Green chillies(chopped) - 4
Garlic paste  - 2 tsp
Ginger paste - 1 tsp
Potatoes - 3
(boiled & mashed)
Black Pepper  - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves - As reqd
Garam masala - 2 tsp (can be found in any Indian grocery store and some specialty grocery stores)
Oil - 4 tbsp
Bread crumbs - 1/2 cup
Eggs - 3
Oil for deep frying - 2 cups 

1 stalk of curry leaves - thinly sliced 

1. mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl (except the oil for frying)
2. form into patties and arrange onto a sheet  
3. once oil is hot,  shallow or deep fry one or two at a time *I hardly deep fry anything but these were an exception - Im sure they would actually be very good baked as well!*
4. remove and allow to drain on paper towels.
5. serve with ketchup, hot sauce, etc  - i loved it with Sriracha (garlic chili sauce)! So good!

To serve with the yummy fish cutlets, I whipped up Brown Butter Brussel Sprouts! I never grew up eating this adorable vegetable (reminds me of a baby cabbage) and learned to love it just recently. 

buttery brussel sprouts

Brussel Sprouts (you can use fresh but to be quick I used the steam-in-bag frozen variety - theyre amazing!)
Butter or Margarine

1. Steam brussel sprouts and cut in half
2. warm butter in a pan and once golden brown, toss in brussel sprouts (non-stick pan is likely best to keep veggies from sticking)
3. toss with salt and pepper
4. serve hot

Another wonderful food blogger - Shabunam from was kind enough to pass along a very nice award to this blog - The Stylish Blogger Award. Thank you Shabunam!

Following the rules of the award I have to share seven things about me .

1. I NEVER watch scary movies. ( I  usually look up the ending on so I dont feel left out in conversations )
2. I just recently discovered that I LOVE food photography.
3.Im a 4th generation Seventh-Day Adventist (Christian) where vegetarianism and veganism is not only accepted but encouraged! (I might try it one day : j )
4. My husband is an excellent cook as well.
5. Ive never met another person with the same name as me (Jasmol)
6. The last book I read was One Hundered Years of Solitude by Marquez  (awesome)
7. Thanks to my mom, dad, husband, sisters, brother and best friends - I have laughed every single day of my life : j

Im happy to pass on this award to these wonderful bloggers and wished I could choose more!: 


Here are the rules of the award:

1.  Thank the blogger who presented this award to me, make a post, and put a link back to the person/s who gave me this award.
2.  Share 7 things about myself.

3.  Pass the award along to 10 recently discovered great bloggers.
4.  Contact these bloggers and personally tell them about the award.


  1. I just loved the cutlets, looking so inviting that its so difficult for me to refrain picking it frm your blog. Thank you so much for stopping by my space, appreciating the posts and forwarding the stylish blogger award. will do the needful soon. Will be back to check out more recipes at ur lovely space.

  2. Jasmol! Thank you SO much for the Lovely Blog Award! There is nothing better than being honored by a fellow blogger :)

    PS...both your tuna cakes and Brussels sprouts look wonderful. I made Brussels sprouts for the first time in ages good!

  3. Lovely cutlets...First time the space....


  4. Hi there, first time in your blog :) Love these fish cutlets you made . I love fish a lot .. wll try these cutlets for sure!
    Congrats on the award :)

  5. Jasmol..Thanks so much for the lovely award. I will collect and mention about this award in my next post. Once again...Many Thanks :)

  6. Hi :-)
    Congrats on the award!
    Thank you for reading my blog and for giving me the award. I feel honoured and I will pass it on to other nice blogs.
    Many thanks again!

  7. Hi Jasmol-Thank you for your kind comment on my blog, and thank you for honoring me with the Lovely Blog Award. I appreciate it so much!
    I will post the award on my next post, and mention you to link back to you!

    I love the fish cakes, reminds me of the seventies, but I cannot remember the recipe since then. Thank you for sharing the yummy tuna cakes, and your delicious brussel sprouts recipe!

  8. Whoa !! What a coincidence I have just posted tuna cutlets in my blog now .Your's look wonderful :D .

  9. This is wonderful! Thank you so much for the award - I am so happy and honored to be recognized :)

  10. wow we make very similar cutlets delicious
    feel like having some

  11. Love spicy fish. It looks so good :)

  12. Jasmol, that's indeed a unique and beautiful name :)
    those Brussels sprouts look so good. and so do the cutlets. thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes. hope you'll have a wonderful Friday

  13. totally agree with the name of your blog :) And I blogged a brussel sprouts recipe a couple of days ago - check it out :) Cheers!