Route 79

Reflections on a bus journey home

From London: By a British, European, 2nd-Generation Indian. Probably confused - but proud to be them all! Half of my journey to and from work is a 20-30 minute bus ride: London Bus Route 79 - between Alperton in West London and Kingsbury in North West London. I very frequently get pissed-off and frustrated waiting around in the DARK, WET and COLD - waiting for the 79 to turn up. But I have to be eternally grateful for the quality thinking time I get to myself.
Indian-style fishcakes
Posted on July 31 2005 by Jag @ 11:12 pm

This July has been really stressful – along a number of different dimensions. Diamond Geezer so eloquently provides some reasons why.

For me – at least for me – there’s nothing better than wasting away a few hours on a Sunday afternoon doing some cooking to relieve the stress of a difficult few weeks of work (and getting to and from work).

Indian-stle Fishcakes

Click here to learn how to make this.



  1. They look fantastic!

    Comment kindly left by highrise — July 31, 2005 @ 11:42 pm

  2. Vicky: They tasted OK – could have used a bit more hot chillie though – not enough “kick”. Noted for next time.

    Comment kindly left by Jag — August 1, 2005 @ 11:04 am

  3. Anything else that I could substitute the fish for?

    Comment kindly left by sat — August 2, 2005 @ 2:35 am

  4. Gave me all the inspiration I needed for some relaxed cooking

    Comment kindly left by Gini — August 2, 2005 @ 2:56 pm

  5. Sat: not sure what you could substitute for the fish really. Mushrooms would be good I think. Just chop them up a bit – and make sure they are cooked first – i.e. boiled etc – and drain any excess water that comes out of them.

    Gini: hope you find the recipes useful. Great way to relax!

    Comment kindly left by Jag — August 2, 2005 @ 10:08 pm

  6. Then I would get balls instead of patties, unless I use Portabello mushrooms

    Comment kindly left by sat — August 3, 2005 @ 5:34 am

  7. Well, if you chop the mushrooms fine enough – and cook them so that they are soft – then I think that you can still get patty shape. But even balls will be fine I’m sure!

    Comment kindly left by Jag — August 3, 2005 @ 9:15 am

  8. mmmm…yummy yum. I’m going to make those next weekend.

    Comment kindly left by astrid — August 8, 2005 @ 11:23 pm

  9. Ooh – please do let me know how they turn out

    Comment kindly left by Jag — August 9, 2005 @ 11:38 am

  10. What a superb site!

    The photo recipes are wonderful – you should publish a book.

    Please keep it going – Thanks.

    Comment kindly left by Keith — September 10, 2005 @ 10:16 pm

  11. Thanks Keith!

    Comment kindly left by Jag — September 13, 2005 @ 9:12 pm

  12. Hit on this site by accident when I picked up some paneer “yellow stickered” at Tesco and wanted to find out what to do with it. I am slowly working my way through your recipes which are so easy to understand.

    Thank you for such a good site. – Love the photo work on your other sites too.

    Comment kindly left by David — November 3, 2005 @ 12:04 pm

  13. David: many thanks for your kind feedback! Hope the paneer turned out good for you. Pleasedo feedback how the dishes turn out – always good to get some more ideas about variations and tweaks etc.

    Comment kindly left by Jag — November 4, 2005 @ 8:30 pm

  14. All your recipes are simply yummy …

    Keep posting more of them ….

    Just very inspiring to all those “not so great cooks ”


    Comment kindly left by Priya — November 14, 2005 @ 7:15 am

  15. Priya: thanks for your kind feedback! Glad to be of service in making the recipes “simple” – that’s kind of like the idea I suppose. Please do let me know if you have any variations on the method that turn out tasty too! 🙂

    Comment kindly left by Jag — November 14, 2005 @ 11:20 pm

  16. Cheers from rainy Seattle, Washington!

    Thanks so much for all the great instructions (recipes sounds so restrictive…) on your blog. Wanted to comment on some of your older posts, but the comments seem to be disabled.

    #1) Moong daal: SO GOOD! I was struck dumb with how excellent the end product was considering the simplicity and low cost of the ingredients. Every college student should be given these instructions when they register for the first time. I get the feeling that I’ll be living on this in graduate school.

    #2) Pan-fried salmon masala: Salmon is a traditional favorite in the northwest U.S., so I’m always looking for novel ways of preparing it. This is not only a great use of salmon, but has become an unexpected favorite on summer camping trips. We buy a few frozen, vacuum-packed salmon fillets and stick them in the bottom of an ice (and beer…) filled cooler so that they thaw slowly over the first day or two. We bring the spices in the form of a paste with lemon juice and a bit of oil and keep it in a large freezer bag until the salmon is thawed. After a long day of hiking through the evergreens, we put the thawed fillets into the bag of spices and let it marinade while we build a fire. By the time the fire is big enough, the salmon is ready to get thrown on a pan, cooked, and consumed voraciously. The indigenous peoples of Washington couldn’t have imagined a better preparation of their favorite fish!!

    Looking forward to trying more of your instructions!


    Comment kindly left by Corey — January 11, 2006 @ 2:23 am

  17. Hi Corey – wow – thanks for such a fantastic comment! (Apologies for the broken comment feature on some of my postings by the way – but glad that you persevered and found space here)

    I agree with you on the student thing – daal like that is extremely nutritous, and very high in protein. With a salad and some bread or rice it makes for a very good balanced meal – and is tasty to boot! And very cheap too.

    And thank you so much for your feedback on the salmon. Your summer camping description and method of preparation is itself an excellent suggestion which I will surely try myself at some point (weather permitting here in UK!).

    Once again – thank you so much for making the effort to feedback such great stuff. Truly flattered!

    Comment kindly left by Jag — January 11, 2006 @ 10:48 am

  18. Great recipes,
    well organised and nicely presented and detailed enough for any novice into cooking. Very inspirational . Continue
    and Relax to cook

    Comment kindly left by Jacob Mathew — April 2, 2006 @ 4:57 am

  19. Jacob: cheers! Thanks for the feedback. Will certainly try!

    Comment kindly left by Jag — April 5, 2006 @ 7:08 pm

  20. I love the way you present your recipes – appealing/inspiring enough to kick me off my bum to do some decent cooking! I’m on a gluten-free diet (not by choice!) so recipes can sometimes be disheartening, but it’s easy enough to swap some GF breadcrumbs in to this one – and from the other recipes I’ve looked at, there seem to be plenty I can eat! Thanks.

    Comment kindly left by Michelle — April 10, 2006 @ 2:14 pm

  21. Hi
    Just to say this recipe was delightful, also many congratulations on photographs which were so good it gives further inspiration to try!
    I moved to Spain two years ago, and although I am not a great fish eater, as fish is so plentyful here, I am looking for new recipes, especially with spices, as we are great Indian food people !
    I had no stock of Garam Masala unfortunately, when I chose to make this recipe the first time , so substituted Cumin, which I felt worked well, also added more chilli, and have made with a mixture of Hake and Tuna fish, which was equally very good !
    I choose to make these patties slightly smaller, and include them with my BBQ side dishes. They ALWAYS go down very well indeed!
    With many thanks,

    Comment kindly left by Helen — May 29, 2006 @ 10:29 am

  22. Dear Jag

    The fishcakes were delicious. I follow the debate about alternatives to this recipe and wonder whether mushrooms might cook ok from raw if I chop them finely enough. A vegetarian friend comes for supper on Tuesday and I want to make them then. Following on from the delicious Merch Masala I think I’m going to have to just work my way through the lot

    love etc

    Comment kindly left by Mark — October 20, 2006 @ 10:02 am

  23. Hi Mark, cheers. Yes, I see no reason why the mushrooms could not be cooked from raw. I think it would work. The only thing I would think about is ensuring that the mushrooms don’t release too much water during the cooking – otherwise making the inside of the cakes soggy. It’s worth trying it just to see how it turns out.

    Comment kindly left by Jag — October 21, 2006 @ 10:15 am

  24. I have not yet tried your recipe but it looks good. Can I just say that if you put your cooked potato through a ricer, it will prevent the potato becoming sticky. Also, boil the potatoes in their skins to prevent too much moisture getting in to the potatoes. When I made fish cakes, I used fresh, uncoked fish such as coley. The fish will cook when you fry the patties.
    What I loved is your website. You have used pictures to show the reader how your recipe works and I think this is brilliant. Good work!

    Comment kindly left by Betty Joshi — December 5, 2006 @ 12:56 pm

  25. jag,

    what a fantastic site, i am a huge fan off indian/thai food and had my wifes head melted with the rubbish i was cooking untill i found your site. keep up the good work.

    p.s the keema is the great! i’m irish so we are into our stews

    Comment kindly left by darren — December 7, 2006 @ 10:26 am

  26. Betty: thanks for your feedback and tips – will bear them in mind next time. Actually – we use coley occasionally too, but I never tried it uncooked.

    Darren: cheers! Glad to be of help.

    Comment kindly left by Jag — December 8, 2006 @ 6:30 pm

  27. Thanks for the recipe.

    Can u put some easy to make soup recipes?

    Comment kindly left by Priya — December 19, 2006 @ 1:47 am

  28. Thanks Priya! I certainly will try soups at some point! 🙂

    Comment kindly left by Jag — December 21, 2006 @ 8:45 pm

  29. Hi Route 79 Family

    I think your recipes are fantastic. I have tried all but a couple. When can we see the next one??? Anxiously waiting for it as your website has really helped me to impress my family and friends!!!
    Keep the excdllent site


    Comment kindly left by sian — March 16, 2007 @ 12:07 am

  30. Thank you Sian! I guess the pressure is now on for me to add to the recipe list! Stand by – hopefully soon! 🙂

    Comment kindly left by Jag — March 18, 2007 @ 7:41 pm

  31. hiya!!! i havent tryed this recipe yet im only 11 years old but by the looks of it im gonna enjoy it
    im just printing out some recipes for my dad but so far this one is the best anyway
    i hope i enjoy it


    Comment kindly left by oxoMish~GwiiggelSoxo — March 21, 2007 @ 6:57 pm

  32. Hey OxoMish: many thanks for your comment! Hope your Dad tries it out for you, and if he does, then I hope you enjoy it too! All the best!

    Comment kindly left by Jag — March 21, 2007 @ 8:44 pm

  33. I like the recipe and your photos, too. Thanks. I´ll try the recipe. Best regards, E.S.

    Comment kindly left by eva suemegi — March 24, 2007 @ 6:56 pm

  34. Thank you Eva, hope it comes out nice when you try it.

    Comment kindly left by Jag — March 25, 2007 @ 8:05 am

  35. Great website for Indian recipes! I am hungry after seeing the pics.

    Comment kindly left by Narain — June 17, 2007 @ 12:13 am

  36. Sounds delicious

    Comment kindly left by Lynne Lewis — August 13, 2007 @ 5:26 pm

  37. I loved the fishcakes; however i did some modification to your recipe on the first go and would make another adjustment the next time. On the first making of these i added a generous couple of tablespoons of Patak’s HOT LIME PICKLE right into the mix….they were quite good *I LOVE LIME PICKLE so for me they were good…..I did find that these had a little more potatoe than fish and next time i will use more fish to potatoe. I will also try this with rehydrated salt cod the next time as they are my usual suspects for fish cakes…..

    thanks for the inspiration!

    Comment kindly left by Mike Power — September 19, 2008 @ 9:43 am

  38. Thanks for your feedback Mike! Patak’s hot lime pickle is an interesting addition! And yes, I would also probably add more fish and reduce the potato next time (actually I already have) and it is definitely more fulfilling. All the best!

    Comment kindly left by Jag — September 19, 2008 @ 6:45 pm

  39. I dont eat fish, but I’m probably going to try this recipe for my husband, who does. That last photo with the salad is gorgeous enough to make me want to lick my monitor screen! 🙂

    Comment kindly left by Shyamala — January 18, 2009 @ 12:23 pm

  40. Cheers Shyamala! 🙂 Hope it turned out good for your hubby!

    Comment kindly left by Jag — January 25, 2009 @ 11:19 pm

  41. Ive triedthis recipe so many times, and every1 in the family loves it. I even made it as a starter on Eid day… top recipe. Keep posting your yummy recipes. I havent seen any new ones lately !! keep it up.

    Comment kindly left by Queen — May 19, 2009 @ 10:38 pm

  42. What a generous gift to those of us out here. I’m out here in Nepal, getting ready to go back to France, where I live. I can hardly wait to have my lovely farm neighbours over for some of your family’s recipes. Larry

    Comment kindly left by Larry Taman — September 7, 2010 @ 8:11 am

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