Masala Fish Fry

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Fish Fry



I have never been fascinated about store bought masala powders and I rarely use them. I have read many articles that say the readymade powders have adulteration like food color, Rice husk, Starch Powder or the dye that are used. In another article a study published in the journal Pediatrics said young children who regularly ingest some imported Indian spices may be exposed to lead -- a dangerous neurotoxin.
I agree that it is difficult to avoid them and I recommend using a reputed brand. Some of the powders that I use are Channa Masala, Pav Bhaji Masala and Garam masala from MTR and the Ameer fish masala that my sister sent from Singapore. I liked the fish masala a lot and my family did too. I tried to recreate the masala powder myself for two reasons, one it was not available at Mustafa anymore and second I wanted to avoid the readymade powder. I was successful to get close to the same taste that we all enjoyed.


Ingredients:
  1. 8 pieces fish 
  2. 2½ teaspoon chilli powder
  3. ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  4. 1 teaspoon salt 
To Grind:
  1. 1tablespoon coriander 
  2. 1teaspoon whole pepper 
  3. 1teaspoon cumin 
  4. 1teaspoon fennel 
  5. 1 small piece cinnamon 
  6. 1 clove 
  7. 1 piece of star anise (just a petal and not the whole anise)
  8. 1 very small cardamom
Procedure:
  1. In a mixer dry grind all the ingredients listed to a fine powder. 
  2. Wash the fish well and marinate with the ground masala, chilli powder, turmeric and salt with very little water.
  3. Heat two tablespoon of oil in a shallow pan and fry the fish on both sides.
  4. Serve with finely sliced onions and lime. 
TIPS: I have used trout in this recipe, any fish variety can be used. Adjust chilli powder according to your taste.  

13 comments:

  1. Cilantro, that is one delicious looking fish I have not seen outside of India fried to such perfection.

    What kind of fish did you use?

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  2. Delicious and spicy fish fry..makes me drool

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  3. yummy fish fry... this one looks so easy to make & delicious!

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  4. Looks very delicious.... Love sea food at any time :-)
    Nice picture.

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  5. Sooo tempting fish fry,love it..

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  6. Yummy fish fry...looks perfect, I luv it curd rice the best

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  7. wow!!thats crispy n yummy fish fry....nice presentation!

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  8. OMG this looks too delicious!!!! I can eat this anytime. so yummy....
    Thanks for sharing.

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  9. They look like brinjal bajjis - a fish lovers delight, no doubt :) cheers priya

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  10. Nothing better than fish fry with home made masala. This is seriously making me drool. I am a Bengali so, you can understand how much I am loving this fish fry.

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  11. How long do you marinate it for?

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