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Showing posts with label easy fish fry. Show all posts

Friday, April 17, 2015

Mackerel Masala Fry

When one lives in an area which has a good density of restaurants and home delivery is just a call away, the temptation to forgo cooking becomes quite strong. Change of taste, tiredness , lethergy or just plain boredom, the excuses are too many and too frequent. But thank God, I am addicted to blogging and hence the urge to try out new dishes keeps me from eating out/ordering food too frequently. Whether it is a recipe that I have caught on TV or something that a fellow blogger has shared, I have something cooking on my mind at all times. And this dish is inspired by an episode of 'Strictly Street' on Travel XP.

Mackerel is a very common fish that is consumed in India. And one can find it almost everywhere ranging from the local fish markets to the non vegetarian sections of the most posh supermarkets. And I got this lot from a supermarket near my apartment. Though the fish was fresh, I was not happy with the way the guy had cleaned it ( a section of the head is missing :( ). I thought it looked terrible.

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 25 mins

Ingredients -

For marination -

  • 4 pieces of Mackerel
  • 1/2 tsp GG paste
  • 2 pinch turmeric
  • 2 pinch chili powder
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • salt to taste

For frying -

  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 3 dry red chilis
  • 2-3 garlic flakes
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 2-3 tsp oil

Preparation- Clean the fish, make 4-5 gashes on each side and marinate it with all the ingredients listed under 'for marination'. Do rub the marinade over the pieces for 3-4 mins to ensure that it goes into the gashes. Keep aside for 15-20 mins.

Dry roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds and red chilis. Grind into a paste with the garlic flakes and vinegar. Slather this paste all over the marinated fish.

Cooking - Heat a non-stick skillet. Drizzle the oil all over it. 

Place the fish on the skillet and cook on each side for 3 mins. Remove from the skillet and place over a tissue paper.

Serve hot.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Rawa Fish Fry

Those simple things are the ones that keep getting overlooked most of the times. This recipe is no exception. Being so easy and simply, it seems like a joke to even consider posting this recipe when one is in the South. But then I realize that not everyone who follows my blog has spent a good amount of time in South India. And quite a few of my readers from the North are totally clueless when it comes to cooking 'machli' . So, if you are one of those who want to try fish and are looking for something easy, then this is the one for you ( if it is of any solace, the connection between good skin and a fish based diet is legendary....no wonder most of our Bengali beauties was that beautiful luminous skin ) .

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 40 mins ( 30 mins standby )

Ingredients -

  • 4 pieces Rohu fish
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp GG paste
  • 1/4 tsp chili paste
  • 1/5 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp cornflour (optional)
  • 1/2 cup semolina for coating the fish
  • salt to taste
  • 3-4 tsp oil (when using a non stick pan)

Preparation - Wash and pat dry the fish pieces. 

Take the salt, turmeric, lime juice,, GG paste and chili powder in a mixing bowl. Make a paste and then rub it all over the fish pieces. Allow to rest for 25-30 mins.

If using cornflour, make a thick paste with a little water, salt and red chili powder. Slather it over the fish.

Take the semolina in a bowl (wide enough to accommodate the fish slices ). Dip each fish in it and coat it evenly on all sides.

Cooking - Heat a non stick frying pan. Drizzle it with oil. Place the semolina coated fish over it and cook on a slow flame till one side turns light brown. Flip it over carefully, drizzle more oil and cook till brown on the other side as well. 

Remove from the pan. Serve hot with onions rings and a mint chutney .

[ It is a great side dish with Pakhala, the watery rice delicacy from Odisha ].

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Surmai Fry

"So its Fish fry this Sunday ?", enquired hubby. And as I was feeling a little lazy I readily agreed. Fried fish with a simple rice-dal and salad makes for a wholesome and quick meal. Having had quite a bit of Rohi in the past weeks, we wanted a change and zeroed in on 'Surmai'.

Though a lot more expensive than Rohi, it provides a nice change once in a while. And it is free from bones (just one tiny bit at the centre) which makes it very suitable for all the folks who worry about swallowing them by mistake. I have kept the seasoning to a minimum but feel free to add more if you wish. The addition of sesame also gives it a nice touch but again it is optional.

Preparation time - 15 mins

Ingredients - 2 slices of Surmai fish, 2 pinches turmeric, a pinch of cumin powder, a pinch of coriander powder, 1/5 tsp chilli powder, 1/3 tsp ginger garlic paste, 1 tsp sesame seeds, few drops of lemon juice, salt to taste, 3 tsp oil for frying the fish.

Preparation - Wash and dry the fish pieces with a paper towel. Sprinkle the lemon juice and rub gently. Keep aside for 1 minute.

Make a paste with the remaining ingredients (except oil).

Rub the paste on the fish pieces (both sides).

Heat a non-stick frying pan. Add the oil. When oil is very hot (but not smoking), add the fish slices. Fry on high for 30 seconds on each side to get that seared effect. Bring down flame and cook on low to medium flame for 4-5 minutes on both sides.
[Do not overcook else the juices would dry up and the fish will turn chewy.]

Serve hot with white rice, dal and salad.

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