Monday, September 14, 2009


My family loves seafood, especially fish and shrimps. Given the health benefits of fish, I try to include different varieties as a staple in our diet. Of all the various seafood dishes, this one is a favorite amongst my family and friends.
This fish fry recipe is real easy and super yummy. I remember tasting this for the first time, years ago, in a Mangalorean friend’s house and have adopted the recipe since with very little modifications. In Mangalore they use whole fish and follow the similar method. The fish can also be deep fried.

It tastes best when it’s paired with rice and rasam or daal, or little bite sized pieces make great appetizers. Any type of fish – mackerel, Spanish mackerel, pomfret, catfish, tilapia, salmon etc. will do perfectly well in this recipe. I made this one with Spanish mackerel steaks.

2 lbs fish cut into ½ inch thick steaks
¾ tsp chilli powder
½ tsp methi powder
¼ tsp turmeric
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
¼ tsp coriander powder
2 tsp lemon juice
¾ cups rava (semolina)
1 tbsp rice flour
4 tbsps oil

Coat the fish with chilli powder, turmeric, ginger garlic paste, methi powder, coriander powder, salt, and lemon juice. Marinate for at least 20 mnts. Mix the rava and the rice flour in a large plate and keep aside. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium high heat. Roll each piece of fish into the rava mixture and place into frying pan. After 4 minutes turn the fish over and fry for an additional 4 mnts. Remove and drain on paper towels and serve hot.

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