My experiment with tuna patties turned out to be a big hit with Mr.A the other day. And I am being totally modest when I say I agreed with him 😉 Let me share the recipe with you, too, and then you can decide if this is worth trying…
What you’ll need:
- 1 can flaked tuna, drained of liquid as far as possible (I had the kind that is in oil, though water would do just fine)
- 1 medium sized potato, boiled
- 1 medium sized carrot, boiled
- ½ cup spinach (I had fresh baby spinach leaves, but thawed from frozen would make no difference)
- 1 egg
- 6 tsp semolina grains (you could use flour as an alternative to bind the mixture together)
- 1 tsp minced ginger
- 1 tsp garam masala (optional)
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- red chili powder, to taste (you could replace this with fresh green chili, finely chopped)
How to make the patties:
- Mash together all the ingredients except the semolina in a single bowl, adding them in any order. You could use a food processor to do this job for you, but I used just my hands. Some people find it messy to work their food with their hands, but being Indian I am used to eating with my hands, so this was no problem at all!
- When you have a composite mass, start adding the semolina to bind everything together. Add as much or as little semolina as you would need to be able to roll small balls of the mixture. You can roll the balls to any size you prefer.
- Place each ball on a baking sheet and press down to form a patty. Continue till you have exhausted the mixture and have a neat array of patties on your baking sheet.
- Pop the baking sheet into the refrigerator for about ½ an hour to make them a bit firmer. This helps in handling them while frying when you flip them on the pan.
- Once you have waited out the ½ hour, bring out as many as you want to eat right then and shallow fry over a medium heat. Flip them over till both sides are crispy.
- You could also deep fry them, but I prefer the lesser devil 😉
- Enjoy with some ketchup or hot sauce!
- The rest of the patties (if you still have any in the fridge) can go into the freezer for another happy meal.