Vegetarian Fish

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Few days back I was STUDYING with my kid and preparing him for his exams.And all the mothers (ok.. fathers too) know how many questions are bounced at us by our little wonders, during such study sessions

So while revising his Gk syllabus he asked me what does goats eat….I replied Grass

Pat came another question….Then why its mutton is called NON-VEG ??

Ahem ..I was boggled for few seconds,then I composed myself and answered him that Goat is veg. (herbivores) but people who eat its meat are called Non-vegetarians. And if you think he was satisfied with this answer and that he didn’t bombarded me with more questions thenΒ  probably you haven’t yet came across a six year old lad πŸ™‚

Amused by the topic he started, my mind wandered to one of the email that I got from a visitor of my blog and I, like aΒ  weirdo started searching for the mail with eye catching recipe named “Vegetarian Fish “.

This is a recipe from Uncle Basantlal Nagdev, who has posted more than 100 recipes on Orkut, and many of his creations are lying in my (email) Inbox too. After trying this recipe, be assured that Iwill experiment with more of his recipes and will gradually share them with all of you

So for now, here is the Recipe of FISH which is made from Arbi (Kachaalu), it looked like fish (well umm …almost), tasted like fish and come to think of it that my kitchen too smelled FISHY

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Vegetarian Fish|Arbi snack
A unique Arbi/ kachalu or taro root snack that taste like fish.
Recipe type: Appetiser
Serves: 2-4
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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  • 250 gms. Arbi (Kachalu /Taro/Colo cassia root),boiled and mashed.
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • ½ tsp green chilly paste
  • 3 tsp. tamarind (imli) paste or freshly squeezed lemon juice of 1 lemon (or more)
  • Salt as per taste
  • Black peppers to make eyes of fish
  • ½ cup fresh bread slices (crumbled)
  • Rava (Sooji) to coat the "fish"
  • Red chilly powder, Amchoor powder and /or chaat masala to sprinkle
  1. Boil Arbi with enough of water and 1 tsp of salt till 2 whistles of pressure cooker (or if in pan, boil them till cooked)
  2. Peel and mash the arbi and add bread crumbs, salt, ginger garlic paste, green chilly paste and tamarind paste or lemon juice
  3. Mix very well, if the mixture is sticky, apply some water or oil
  4. Take a small portion of this mixture and shape it into FISH LIKE (or you can give any shape you like)
  5. Place black peppers in place of "eye"
  6. Coat with Rava and shallow fry till light golden.Sprinkle some "chaat masala", red chilly powder and amchur (dry mango powder)
  7. Enjoy this Veg. Fish with rings of onion, tomato slices, chutney/sauce.

Ps:Uncle Ji i hope i had done justice to your creation and not made a mess of it πŸ™‚

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28 thoughts on “Vegetarian Fish

  1. This is really interesting – I truly love the use of taro root instead of tofu or Vital Wheat Gluten (although they have a place in my heart, too). I really want to try this the next time I can get some!


  3. Wow Alka excellent recipe dear… first time to ur blog and I am loving it… Its just awesome..:)

  4. That looks so cute! Lovely presentation.

  5. This seems like a must-try recipe!

  6. I loved your site as I was looking for Sindhi recipes. I married a Punjabi as you probably figured out but yet yearn for the food of my childhood-those pakwans looked yummy.
    Keep adding to the site.
    Best wishes for a great new year

  7. Hi Alka,
    Firstly, I would like to thank you for this wonderful site…
    I was married just few months back, and I hardly knew any cooking!!
    Since my in-laws knew about it beforehand, they supported me a lot during my initial days after marriage…but then unexpectedly, my husband got a transfer to UK, and we had to leave India. Hence, I could not learn much of the cooking while in India…
    After coming to UK, I discovered this site of yours! and was feeling so blessed!! I have tried most of your recipes, and was appreciated by my husband.. πŸ™‚
    I’m gonna try this Veg-Fish today.. (New Year Eve Special) and will surely let you know the results πŸ˜‰
    Thanks again for your wonderful efforts… πŸ™‚
    Wishing you a very happy new year ahead…
    Enjoy πŸ™‚

  8. Cute! Looking forward of more of uncle’s recipes.

    Hope you have some grand plans for new year’s eve, and wishing you have a great 2009

  9. wish u nd ur family happy new yr,…:-)

  10. This looks nice. And I love the little eyes. I must make this for my vegetarian wife. BTW, does anyone know whatever happened to Sailu’s Taste of India?

  11. I have such great admiration for people who take their time to present their food so artfully.

    Happy Holidays!

  12. hmmm this looks so nice nd tasty….:-) m sure ur son must have loved them,..

  13. Such nice looking fishes, really the pic. are so tempting, n ur have a gr8 patience in making them n shaping them like it.
    Nice Way to eat n also feed Arbi to kids….

  14. Thats really such a wonderful looking fish…I have eaten arbi cooked this when a colleague of mine got it. It actually tasted just like fish!!..:)..I am yet to find time to get down to that..but your pictures are surely tempting!…you have some real patience making in those shapes…

    and of course these days kids become very tough with questions…:)

  15. Wouldn’t I love to get my teeth into this! Happy New Year, Alka!

  16. Wow wat a reativity…lovely n prefectlyshaped vegetarian fish…kids will love this for the sure..

  17. What a creative recipe, Alka! I love how crisp the “fish” look. And it’s true, there’s no satisfying a six-year-old’s curiosity, but kudos for trying! πŸ™‚

  18. Basantlal Nagdev says:

    Try same recipe with Sindhi “Tikki”. In this case while serving keep “fish” in the centre of plate and decorate around the fish with dahi, sweet chutney, red & green chutney, sev and coriander leaves. Sprinkle some chat masala. Serve in such a way that the fish is seen?
    Enjoy “fish” tikki chat

  19. Beautiful pictures for an interesting recipe. looks mouth-watering.

  20. Excellent presentation. I shall try this recipe soon. But I don’t think i will hv the patience to make fish out of it. Kudos to ur patience Alka.

  21. I was indeed very curious to see what this was all about. I have not used Arbi before. Very creative. I was impressed with your son’s logical thinking, Alka.


  23. I was very curious to see the recipe after reading the title, nice presentation and neat idea of making Veg fish and impress kids.

  24. good idea of shaping veges to something interesting..I think I can make my kid eat doing it thiis way..

  25. What a neat idea! Love your pictures. I love Arbi.. but now I know how to feed the others…

  26. Basantlal nagdev says:

    Any recipe, I repeat any recipe should first appeal to eye. If eyes approve the tongue should also give green signal.
    In short decoration of any recipe should be given importance, specially if you have invited guests?
    “Kachula” ja Tuk is very very old Sindhi recipe and with some variations it will now appeal to children as well (Children love Aloo tuk, but not Arbi tuk.)
    In short this recipe is “old wine in new bottle” and beta Alka has converted it into champagne through her photos.
    Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

  27. Basantlal nagdev says:

    No beta, today I had real fish (Pomfret curry). It was good but the photographs you have posted for my recipe is really mouth watering and I am sure all vegetarians would like to make their kitchen smell “fishy”

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