Fried Fish Masala

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Kerala cuisine is well known for its flavorful fish and seafood delicacies. Malayalis just love anything with fish. In my family, no lunch time is complete without a fish curry or fish fry. Its a must thing in the menu.

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If there is one thing which is always there in my fridge, it is curry leaves. I just cannot do anything without it. Im highly addicted to using curry leaves in my cooking. There is nothing like frying these aromatic herb in a little bit of coconut oil. It gives a very aromatic savory fragrance. Be it fish curry, fry or masala i have to use a lot of curry leaves.

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Fish, like I said, holds pride and a very important place in our cuisine. Especially in my house. But quite frankly, i never found seafood very alluring even in my college days. I would never go anywhere near raw fish as the fishy stench would put me off. But, all of that changed completely after i got married to a fish fanatic. He just loves all things fish. Being with him, strangely even i started liking fish.

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This fried fish masala was an experiment few weeks back and it was a winner at home. And now this has become a regular item whenever we buy fish. Do give a try and fall for this flavourful and aromatic fish fry….!

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Serves 4

350 g fish

For marination:
2 tsp Chilly powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
1tsp ginger garlic paste
Salt to taste

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For masala:
1 medium onion sliced
1tsp crushed garlic
1 small tomato chopped
1/2 tsp pepper powder
1/2 tsp chilly powder
1/4 tsp garam masala powder
1 sprig curry leaves
1/4 cup water
3+1 tbsp coconut oil
Salt to taste

1. Marinate the cleaned fish with all the ingredients listed under marination.
2. In a pan, pour 3 tbsp of oil and fry the fish. Keep aside.
3. In the same oil which you fried the fish add a tbsp of oil. Splutter the curry leaves.
4. Sauté the onion by adding a little bit of salt, till really soft and golden brown in color. At this stage add in the garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
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5. Add the spice powders. Then add in the tomatoes and let it cook till the tomatoes are soft and all mashed up. Add salt.
6. Add quarter cup of water to this and mix well. Slide in the fried fish and mix well making sure you don’t break the fish. The fish should be covered well with the masala. Close the lid and cook for a minute. Serve warm.

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Notes:

✔️ I used white pomfret, you can use any kind of fleshy fish you like.

 

Fried Fish Masala
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INGREDIENTS
  1. Serves 4
  2. 350 g fish
For marination
  1. 2 tsp Chilly powder
  2. 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  3. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  4. 1tsp ginger garlic paste
  5. Salt to taste
For masala
  1. 1 medium onion sliced
  2. 1tsp crushed garlic
  3. 1 small tomato chopped
  4. 1/2 tsp pepper powder
  5. 1/2 tsp chilly powder
  6. 1/4 tsp garam masala powder
  7. 1 sprig curry leaves
  8. 1/4 cup water
  9. 3+1 tbsp coconut oil
  10. Salt to taste
DIRECTIONS
  1. Marinate the cleaned fish with all the ingredients listed under marination.
  2. In a pan, pour 3 tbsp of oil and fry the fish. Keep aside.
  3. In the same oil which you fried the fish add a tbsp of oil. Splutter the curry leaves.
  4. Sauté the onion by adding a little bit of salt, till really soft and golden brown in color. At this stage add in the garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the spice powders. Then add in the tomatoes and let it cook till the tomatoes are soft and all mashed up. Add salt.
  6. Add quarter cup of water to this and mix well. Slide in the fried fish and mix well making sure you don’t break the fish. The fish should be covered well with the masala. Close the lid and cook for a minute. Serve warm.
Notes
  1. ✔️ I used white pomfret, you can use any kind of fleshy fish you like.
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15 thoughts on “Fried Fish Masala

  1. Hi Sadia thx for a wonderful recipe! I tried this today with sear fish(served it with khatti daal n rice) n it turned out as spicy and delicious as I dreamed it would☺️

    1. Hello Saadia! Yaaay I am very happy. Thanks for giving the feedback. Really appreciate it. Do try more recipes from the blog.

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