This snack is one of the top most favorite short eats of many Sri Lankans. This is a dish you won’t miss at any Sri Lankan party or in any special occasion. If this is your first time trying to make these delicious fish balls, you might think that it is difficult to make and it is time consuming. Trust me, you won’t regret it and it is not as difficult as it looks. Even though this is considered to be a snack, you can eat this with steamed rice or even with roasted bread ( Sri Lankan roasted bread is preferred ).



  • 1 can of salmon (unflavoured) Sri Lankan salmon is the preferred one
  • 250 g of boiled potatoes
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 small stick of cinnamon
  • Few curry leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small piece of pandan leaf -optional
  • Salt to to taste
  • 1/4 black pepper
  • 1/4 of a lime
  • Bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • Cooking oil



Let’s make the fish mixture first. On medium heat, stir fry finely chopped garlic, finely chopped curry leaves with the pandan leaf and the cinnamon stick. Then, add sliced onions. Stir fry until the onions turn to light golden brown. The , add the finely chopped green chillies. Mix well. Now, add the mashed fish, black pepper powder and salt in to the pan and mix well. Let it cook for a minute or 2 and add the mashed potatoes. Mix well. Remember that the fish is already edible even though you stir fried it with other ingredients. Cook everything together. Turn off the heat and squeeze some lime juice. Mix well. Let it cool down a bit.

Now, in separate bowl, beat the two eggs. Take a plate and put the bread crumbs on to it. Then, take the fish mixture and make small balls using your hand. You can make them in any size you want. I like bite size cutlets, so I am making small ones. Then, dip one fish ball in to the beaten eggs bowl and then keep it in the bread crumbs plate. Now, make sure the fish ball is fully covered with bread crumbs. Finish making all the cutlets first and then deep fry. 

Enjoy !



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