These crispy golden tuna rolls are the perfect finger food to enjoy with a cup of tea. Maldivians love tuna and we love making short eats or snacks or finger foods using tuna. These come in various shapes and sizes, and each one has their own unique taste. While almost all of them will have tuna and chilli, the taste differ from one to the other. Some may be baked like the Maldivian fish cake (kulhi boakibaa) while others are deep fried. But what they have all in common is they are so moreish!
Tea time and snacks go together. When friends and families get together for afternoon tea, the table is filled with these lovely savoury snacks and sweet ones too. So I hope to make a few of these finger foods and share them with you during this month of Ramadan. We break our fast with dates and finger foods before we eat our main meal.
- 1/2 medium onion or 80gram onion thinly sliced
- 1/2 habanero chilli thinly sliced or to taste
- 2 small cloves garlic, crushed or 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
- 1 sprig curry leaves thinly sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice or to taste
- 1 tin (185g) tuna chunks in oil, drained
- 180gram or 1 -2 large potatoes peeled, quartered and boiled until soft
- Place the onion, chilli, garlic, curry leaves, salt, pepper and lemon juice in a medium sized bowl.
- Using a disposable glove, mix thoroughly the above ingredients by squeezing the mixture so as to soften the onions and to blend everything together.
- Add the tuna and mix well.
- Add the potato and mix everything until the potatoes and the tuna are all well blended together.
- Keep aside.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 egg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup water
- Place all the batter ingredients in a bowl.
- Using a whisk mix everything until well combined and smooth.
- Make the crepes
- Heat a non-stick fry pan until hot.
- Spray some oil and wipe off.
- Pour 1 tablespoon of batter onto the pan and using back of the spoon spread it thinly.
- When the bottom is cooked transfer to a plate.
- These are small and thin crepes so no need to turn over to cook both sides.
- Place a tablespoon of the tuna and potato filling on the center of the crepe, fold the two opposite sides over the filling and roll up like a spring roll to enclose the filling completely.
- Repeat with the rest of the crepes cooking and filling them as you go. I find this method quick and easier than doing all the crepes first and filling them after.
- Finish all the rolls in this way and keep aside while you get the crumbing ready.
FOR THE CRUMBING
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 1 and 1/2 cups breadcrumbs (I used Panko breadcrumbs)
- Place the beaten eggs in a shallow container or bowl.
- Place the breadcrumbs in another container or bowl.
- Dip each roll in the egg mixture, shaking off excess.
- Then coat in the breadcrumbs well.
- Keep aside on a plate. You will make about 30 rolls.
- Fill a deep wok or pot with about 1/3 full of vegetable oil and heat it.
- Deep fry in hot oil, in batches about 5 rolls at a time, until golden and crispy.
- Remove and drain well on paper towels.
- Serve warm with chilli sauce and enjoy with a cup of tea.
- If you make this recipe please share it on Instagram by tagging @nattulicious. Please leave a comment too if you like the recipe, I‘d love to hear from you.
Words & Photos by Aishath Nashida (Nattu)