Mention Bengali food to anyone ,the first picture come to mind is fish. Fish been always a symbol of prosperity and pleasure in a bong family. Sometime they can construct an entire meal with a single fish.Started with fish fry, they make a gravy with mustard paste and another with good amount of chili paste called “macher jhal”.And this Fish Croquette to serve as a starter. The head ,deep fried in mustard oil broken up into pieces, and combined with the pui (vine spinach) and vegetables. Undoubtedly fish is a staple diet in Bengal as well as in Orissa.
Bengali Fish Croquette aka Macher Chop
“Macher chop” is a Bengali style fish croquette.To make a perfect chop you need to balance it with the binding element in the right amount.I use boiled potato where few use bread as a binding element.
Rohu or Bhetki fish is used to make a typical Bengali chop whereas fish like tuna, pangas with less bones can be used.I have made with Pangas. Serve hot with kasundi (Bengali mustard sauce) or simply with tomato ketchup. I like to have with my Masala Tea.