If you’re a fan of Brit food, you might’ve heard about the classic ‘fish and chips.’ It has flagged the title of ‘UK’s most popular takeaway’ and is said to be the ‘national dish’ of Great Britain. Like in India, biryani is the most ordered dish with about 10 crore biryanis enjoyed in a year, similarly, fish and chips is the most loved dish in UK with over 382 million portions enjoyed yearly. Even though it has extreme popularity amongst the British, it has a very interesting origin history which you might not know of. Let’s go back in time and learn more!
Hop on the time machine…
In the 17th century, fried fish was brought to London by the Jewish immigrants who fled from Portugal and Spain and took refuge here. According to Jewish traditions, fish is a paerve which means it cannot be mixed with other meat or dairy products. So, they started enjoying fried fish on Fridays and also saved some leftovers for Saturday so that they don’t have to cook on shabbat. There have been many stories around the love affair of battered fish among the Jews but there has been no proper evidence as to who matched the jodi of fish and chips together. Later, the love for this dish led to the opening of the first ‘fish and chip’ shop in 1860s by another Jewish immigrant and it gained so much fame that people visited it for more than a century. And till today, it’s pretty difficult to keep your hands off this beauty, once you’ve tasted it.
Now, what exactly is the dish about?
Fresh fishes like cod, haddock and flounder are used in UK but we can use any fish we like. Fish fillets are then dipped into a batter prepared by mixing eggs, flour, milk and then deep fried. Potatoes are cut into slices or fingers and are fried till crisp. There are a few accompaniments served alongside like mushy peas, ketchup, sea salt, malt vinegar, curry and brown sauce, etc. The most traditional way to serve it is to wrap it inside a newspaper cone with an inner layer of white paper for hygiene purposes.
Already drooling? Let’s get to the recipe part then! This one’s with a slight twist but you’re surely gonna love it.
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We’ve got an Indo-Brit version too, Curried Fish and Chips:
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