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Fish Cakes with a Vermicelli Crunch

  • Heat Medium
  • Serves 6
  • Prep 30 mins
  • Cook 10 mins

Wonderfully spiced fish patties with the most amazing crispy coating.

Hari says

I love using the combination of both salmon and white fish in these chunky fish cakes. They have a great texture and a wonderfully aromatic and warming finish. The spices provide a definite Indian flavour but more importantly they are encased in the most amazing crispy coating of fried vermicelli that is to die for

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 300g potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3cm piece of ginger, grated
  • 2 green chillies
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, crushed
  • Handful of fresh coriander stalks, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp salt, or to taste
  • 150g salmon, skinned and boned
  • 250g white fish, skinned and boned
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • lemon juice
  • oil for frying


  • vermicelli, crushed
  • 2-3tbsp plain flour
  • water



  1. Boil the potatoes until they are cooked, then mash and set to one side.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add the onions, sauté until soft then add the ginger, garlic and chillies.
  3. Add all the spices with the salt and coriander stalks and stir.
  4. Stir in the chopped fish and cook with a squeeze of lemon juice for a few minutes until the fish is cooked through.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool for a while before adding the mashed potatoes with the cornflour and mix together.
  6. Check the seasoning and adjust if required.
  7. Wet your hands and make about 10 large or 20 smaller patties out of the mixture and refrigerate.
  8. In a separate bowl mix some flour and water to make a thick batter.
  9. On a tray crush the vermicelli to small bits (you can also put it into a food processor to break it up).
  10. Heat the oil in a pan ready for frying your cakes.
  11. Take a pattie and coat in the batter on both sides. Use a fork to fish it out and get rid of any excess batter and place it on the tray with the vermicelli.
  12. Cover the pattie with the vermicelli all over so it's completely coated and set to one side. Repeat with all the patties.
  13. Check the oil is hot then place as many of the cakes into the pan as will fit and leave to cook for 2-3 minutes then turn them over until they are golden and crispy on both sides. Repeat with the remaining fishcakes and serve.

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Comments (2)

  • Patrick Hogan

    Patrick Hogan

    18 July 2019 at 13:55 |
    Recently discovered your site & tried a few recipes, great! My mothers family Were originally from Goa via Bombay. The Recipes remind me of my childhood. After the war we used to receive food parcels from family in Bombay so spices were authentic.


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      07 September 2019 at 13:16 |
      Thats amazing to read Patrick - so happy to hear you are loving the recipes. Please join me on the app too https://hari.is/2P5rXbk so you can share your cooking pictures with an amazing food community https://hari.is/2P5rXbk


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