Indian Fish Fry

Today's recipe is Indian fish fry. There are so many different rivers in India and from there comes vast variety of fishes which can be consumed by people. Variety and taste of fish depend upon from where it comes from. Majorly it is classified into sea fish and lake/river  fish. Both are consumed by the people. In India there are so many dishes made of fish that its hard to remember. One of such recipe is fish fry. Now in fish fry also there are number of different recipe. Being a Bengali I do experiment with the fish and try to create my own recipe. So this recipe is my take on it. Fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acid and are low in fat content. It contains vitamins such as Vitamin D and B2. It is rich in calcium and phosphorus.

In this recipe I have taken Tilapia fish fillet. Marinated the fish fillet with some lime juice, ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, caraway seeds and malt vinegar/ white vinegar. Kept it aside for 20-30 minutes. Now for the batter I used gram flour/besan, all purpose flour, curd/yoghurt, caraway seeds/carom seeds, salt, baking soda, red chilli powder and club soda/ sparking water or beer. Whisk it into a double cream consistency batter to coat the fish. Then I dipped the fish one by one into the batter and coated the fish nicely and deep fried it till golden brown and crispy. In this recipe the outer part will be crispy and inside it will be soft and tender. If you want it spicy you can adjust the chilli powder according to your preference.

So here is my complete recipe:-

Preparation Time:- 15 minutes  Standing Time:- 30 minutes  Cooking Time:- 15 minutes
Total Time:- 1 hour

Number of Servings:- 3-4 persons

1 cup = 250 ml
¾ cup = 200 ml
½ cup = 125 ml 
1/3 cup = 80 ml
1 tablespoon = 15 ml
1 teaspoon = 5 ml
½ teaspoon = 2.5 ml
¼ teaspoon = 1.25 ml


* Boneless Fish:- 400 grams ( I have used Tilapia, you can use any white fish of your choice)
* Ginger Paste:- 1 teaspoon
* Garlic Paste:- 1 teaspoon
* Lime Juice:- Juice of a 1/2 medium sizes lime
* Red Chilli Powder:- 1 teaspoon
* Salt:- 1/2 teaspoon or per taste
* White Vinegar:- 1 teaspoon
* Besan/Gram Flour:- 1/2 cup
* Maida/All Purpose Flour:-1/4 cup
* Curd/ Yoghurt:- 3 tablespoon
* Ajwain/Carom Seeds:- 1/4 teaspoon
* Salt:- 1 large pinch
* Red Chilli Powder:- 1/2 teaspoon
* Club Soda/Sparkling Water/Beer:- 1 to 1 1/2 cups (according)
* Baking Powder:- 1/4 teaspoon
* Vegetable Oil for frying the fish
* Chaat Masala:- for sprinkling over the fried fish

1. Clean and wash the fish fillet. Pat in dry with a help of a kitchen towel. Now cut the fish fillet into medium size pieces. 

2. Now add lime juice, ginger garlic paste, salt, red chilli powder and white vinegar to the fish. Apply well to both the sides of the fish. Keep aside for 30 minutes.

3. Now to a the batter, take a big bowl. Add besan, maida, baking powder, ajwain, salt and red chilli powder to it. (Be careful with the salt as the fish is already marinated with the salt.) Mix all the dry ingredients well.Now add the club soda little by little to avoid lump. Make thick batter out of it. It should be of double cream consistency.

4. Take the fish fillet one by one, dip it into the batter. Pat the fish to the side of the bowl to remove the excess batter. Now put the fish fillet one bu one into the hot oil. Fry them till crispy and golden brown over medium heat. (Do not over crowd the pan, to avoid the dropping of the temperature of the oil.) Take it out in a wire mesh or kitchen towel. 

5. Take it out on a serving plate. Sprinkle some Chaat Masala over the fish.Serve hot with any dips of your choice. Best goes with coriander and mint chutney.

* If you don't have soda or beer, use ice cold water to make the batter. It will also work. But for best results use beer.

People living outside India, and not aware of all the Indian spices you will mostly get all of them in the Indian stores near your place. 

Serving Tip:- Serve as a starter or in main course with ay dip of your choice.

Do try my recipe and leave for comments below. Till then Happy Cooking.!

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