Baghdadi Petite Fish Balls

Baghdadi Petite Fish Balls

Great Hors D'oeuvre from Persian Home Kitchens

 Things you need

2 lbs.                  Fish, boneless oily fish like Mackerel

1                        Egg

4 tbsp.               Sesame Oil

                          Salt to taste

                          Cooking Oil

For the marinade:

1 tsp.                Whole Coriander

1 tsp.                Whole Cumin

1 tsp.                Whole Dried Paprika

1 inch               Cinnamon Stick

1 tsp.                Black Pepper, whole

1 tsp.                Sumac Berry powder

2 tbsp.              Black Sesame, pan roasted

 For the dredging:                     

2                      Eggs

4-6 tbsp.           Corn Flour

4-6 tbsp.           Semolina or Bread Crumbs

Garnish          Sumac Powder and Black Sesame Seeds

 Prepare seasoning blend:

  • ·       Pan roast and using a spice blender make a fine blend of coriander, cumin, paprika, cinnamon and black peppers
  •          Add the tangy sumac berry spice and black sesame

 Prepare Fish Baghdadi:

  • ·       Place the fish on a well-greased drip-tray and brush with oil
  • ·       Set the oven to broil for 3-4 minutes each side in the second rack from top
  • ·       Using a mixing bowl, crumble fish and drop 1 egg. Season with the spice blend and salt. Mix well and shape the mixture into bite-size tightly pressed balls
  • ·       Allow the fish ball to rest in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or more

 Handle one at a time:

  • ·       In a bowl, smash 2 eggs and season with a dash of salt and black pepper
  • ·       Triple bath in the flour, egg wash and then semolina or bread crumbs
  • ·       Heat oil in a skillet, about half an inch, over medium flame.
  • ·       Fry the fish balls until golden, turning constantly.
  • ·       Drain on a plate lined with paper towel

 Be creative in plating:

  • ·       Arrange the fish balls in appetizer spoons and dust with powdered sumac and black sesame seeds

 Recipe by : Quddus Mohammed

Recipe on Page 13  "Home Cooking -Recipes for Multicultural Gatherings"

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