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Vikram Vij’s Indian salmon and potato cakes

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Apr 29th, 2014

Vikram Vij’s Indian salmon and potato cakes


  • 1 Tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lb fresh, wild salmon
  • a little over ½ lb russet potatoes, boiled and mashed (about 1 potato)
  • ¼ lb boiled yams, mashed (about 1 yam)
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped jalapeño peppers
  • ¼ to ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 ½ Tbsp garam masala or 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ajwain seeds
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • ½ cup canola oil for frying pan


  1. Lightly pound coriander seeds in a mortar or on a plate with a heavy spoon. (You just want to break the seeds in half.) Set aside.
  2. Beat eggs in a small bowl.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Immerse salmon and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, drain and allow salmon to cool. Peel off the skin.
  4. Thoroughly combine all ingredients except the oil in a large mixing bowl. With your hands, form round cakes about 2 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick. Set them on a baking tray.
  5. Heat 1 Tbsp of the oil in a shallow nonstick frying pan on high heat. Once the oil is hot, reduce the heat to medium so that the cakes don’t stick to the bottom of the pan or burn. Place 2 cakes in the pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Turn cakes over and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.The cakes should be brown and crispy on both sides.
  6. Repeat, using 1 Tbsp of oil for 2 cakes, until all cakes are cooked. Serve cakes as they cook or keep cooked cakes warm on a plate in the oven while the remaining ones are cooking.

Courtesy Vikram Vij, www.vijs.ca

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