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.

  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
  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.  


  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?

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

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

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

  5. Sooo tempting fish fry,love it..

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

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

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

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

  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.

  11. How long do you marinate it for?

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