Mackerel Fish Balls

Sri Lankan Fish Balls

 These fish balls are a really  popular Sri Lankan finger  food widely known as Fish Cutlets back in Sri Lanka. Great  served as a starter or a side dish for any occasion! 


425g can mackerel/ Tuna
1 large brown onion peeled and  finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic finely grated 
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper/ red chilli powder
1 tsp cumin
1-1/2 tsp  black pepper
5 medium sized potatoes boiled and mashed
1 large green chilli(deseeded and finely chopped)
1 tbsp Soy sauce
1tbsp Tomato sauce
2 tsp Lime or Lemon juice
Salt to taste.

2 eggs lightly beaten
2 tbsp milk
1/2 cup plain flour
2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
Oil for frying


1. Boil potatoes until tender and  mash. Allow to cool.
2. Drain the mackerel and remove  bones. 
3. Add 2 tbsp of oil in to a frying pan, saute the onions until translucent . Add the garlic.
4.Then add the turmeric powder, cayenne pepper and cumin powder.
5.Add the mashed potatoes along with the lime juice and green chillies. Mix well.
6.Add black pepper and salt to taste. Add soy sauce , tomato sauce . Cook until well combined.
7.When the mixture is cool, form into balls.
8.For the batter: Beat eggs and milk in a bowl. Coat each in flour, then in the egg mixture and lastly in breadcrumbs.
9. Heat oil in a deep pan over medium-high heat. Fry the fish balls in batches until golden brown.

Serve with tomato sauce and salad.

Happy cooking!

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