Fish fry

This one is a simple n easy recipe for fish fry masala. This masala can be prepared in two ways. Either grind the whole spices for fresh masala or use spice powders. Both are easy and quick . It’s always better to marinate the fish in masala for atleast 30 minutes so that fish absorbs the flavour of spices.

You can also marinate the fish and keep in freezer for couple of days. You can even prepare the masala in bulk and store in freezer upto a month. Storing in small containers, makes it easy for us to defrost only the required amount of the masala.

Preparation time : 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Serves : 4

Ingredients :

Fish – any, 500 gms

For fresh ground masala :

Dry long red chilli ( byadagi) – 6

Coriander seeds – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Ginger – 1/4 inch

Garlic – 4 cloves

Tamarind – 1/2 lemon sized ball

Salt – to taste

For spice powder masala :

Kashmiri red chilly powder – 2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder-1/2 teaspoon

Ginger garlic paste – 1 teaspoon

Tamarind juice – of 1/2 lemon sized ball

Or Vinegar – 1 teaspoon

Salt – to taste

Method :

Clean the fish, gently squeeze out the water and keep aside.

The masala should be of thick consistency, so that fish can absorb the strong flavors.

Blend all the ingredients mentioned under fresh ground masala to a thick smooth paste. Add very little water while blending, just enough to get a fine masala paste. Apply this masala on fish very well and marinate .


In a large bowl, add all ingredients mentioned under spice powder masala, mix well. Again, add very little water only if needed to make a smooth paste. Apply this masala on fish very well and marinate. You can use 1 teaspoon of vinegar instead of tamarind juice.

Marinate fish for 1 to 2 hours. Or atleast 30 minutes before frying.

In a frying pan, heat 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil and shallow fry the fish for 5 to 10 minutes each on both sides.

Serve it with some onions & lemon wedges along with plain rice, fish biriyani etc.

Note :

1. Frying in coconut oil gives the best results. However you can use sunflower oil too.

2. Adding curry leaves to the marination gives nice aroma.

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