Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Echorer Chop (Jack fruit Cutlets)

Echorer Chop (Jack fruit Cutlets)
                                                                              
 Chops or  fritters are one of the most famous snacks for Bengalis in winter. Earlier chop was regularly served as starters in all Bengali occasions and ceremonies in winter & Enchor-r chop is one of the most popular snacks in summer.The reason for being seasonal is the availability of its key ingredients - Enchor (raw jack fruit).  Serve hot enchor chops with salad, kasundi (a Bengali style mustard sauce) and hot tea or coffee. The good thing is you can make the chops ready when you have time and keep them in refrigerator. Fry it just before eating.

 Ingredients
 
4 Cups Echore / Raw Jackfruits - Cut into small size cubes
4Medium size boiled potato...
2 Green chili chopped
2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp Cumin powder
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
1 Medium size chopped onion
3 tsp garlic clove
1 tsp chopped ginger
1 Garam Masala Powder
2 tbsp Maida
2 tbsp rosted ground nut (optional)
2 tbsp green peas (optional)
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
 
Method
 
Chop the jackfruit into really small pieces and steam them with turmeric powder and salt in a pressure cooker to soften them. Remove and drain off all water . Chop 1 large onion, ginger 1 inch piece and 2-3 green chilly's really fine and garlic clove . Boil 4 medium size potatoes and mash well with salt and 1 tbsp maida to make it smooth and bind properly.
Now heat 2 tbsp refined oil and fry the onions till it starts to colour ,then add the chopped ginger, garlic and green chilly and saute well. Add 1/2 tsp Turmeric, 1/4 tsp Garam Masala Powder, 1/2 tsp Red chily Powder, 1/2 tsp Coriander and Cumin Powder, Salt as per taste and 1/2 tsp sugar. Now saute well, sprinkle a dash of water if the spices are burning. Then add the jackfruit and stir fry well with the spices to mix all well and add the green peas and ground nut. When a nice smell begins to come and the mix browns and starts to leave the sides of the pan , remove and cool the mix.
Now take the whole mashed potato mix and divide it into equal size portions. Also divide the jackfruit mix into equal size portions. Take one portion of the potato mash in your hand and make a well in the middle and fill a portion of the jackfruit mix in the well. Close to seal , so that the jackfruit filling can not come out. Now shape like a chop/ oval shape. Give shape with hand to help you do use refined flour to dust your hands.
Now make chop of all the other portions.
In a bowl, Beat two Eggs. In a dish spread Breadcrumbs. Now dip the chops first in egg and then coat all over with bread crumbs. Dust off the excess bread crumbs.
Keep in the fridge for half an hour at least to set before frying.
Heat Refined Oil 2 cup in a wok and when its really hot, reduce the flame and slowly add the chops to fry them golden. Do not add too many at the same time. It will immedetely reduce the temperature of the oil and not fry well. Add in small batches and fry till golden and remove.
Serve hot with Sauce or Chaatni. Sprinkle a pinch of Chaat Masala.
Author : Manna Majumder

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