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Chital machher muthya (fish dumplings from clown knife fish)

Chital machher muthya (fish dumplings from clown knife fish)
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Chital or clown knife fish is a very special type of fish available in Asian countries.It is a type of carnivorous freshwater fish which feeds on other small fishes.The preparation is exotic and the specialty lies in the flesh of the fish which hardens when it gets cooked.The flesh becomes chewy and elastic and is tasty.
The fish is huge in size and the flesh needs to be scooped with a spoon..very unusual process.But nowadays this fish flesh is ready-made available in packets in the supermarkets of  different countries.

Ingredients

1.Fish flesh of Chital (400 gms)
2.Potato (1 boiled with a little salt)
3.Coriander leaves (1/3 rd cup finely chopped)
5.Green chillies (3 to 4) finely chopped
6.Ginger garlic paste(2 tbsp)
7.Lemon juice (2 tbsp)
8.Salt (as per taste)
9.red chilly powder(1/2 tbsp)

Preparation

1.Scoop the fish  flesh without bones from the chital fish with a spoon.
2.Mash the boiled potato .
3.Mix all the above ingredients.
4.Make small balls from the above mixtur
5.Add the balls in boiling water and boil them for 5 to 7 minutes,until the balls start floating on top.
6.You can now bake the balls in preheated oven at 170 degrees for 5 minutes or dep fry them.
7.Serve them hot with Coriander chutney or ketchup.
8.Most people prepare a gravy and add these fried balls to make a delicious curry.But I like them both ways.This time I enjoyed them as starters.
One cannot perform a similar preparation with any other kind of fish because there are no binding material used here.

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Indrani Sen