Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Fish Fry - Express Indian - Party Dish

This is my entry to another blog event that is taking place at Mad Tea Party called "Express Indian".

I know what you may be thinking. That I am enrolling into so many events around the food blogosphere :) Why not? It is amazing.. This new hobby of mine..Blogging and sending entries to Blog events.

Okay so much for the introduction. Now the rules of this event are that we need to come up with a party dish which needs not more than 6 ingredients and takes less then 30 minutes to make barring the time taken to chop and marinate etc..etc..you know what I mean.

Now I have chosen a good old dish that we normally make as a starter most of the times. This is so easy to make and so so delicious.. And yes! it does fall within the event rules.

It is the good old fish fry. I use Seer Fish, Mackerel for making this. This is the way my mom and my moms mom used to prepare this dish.

And yes this has been a hit at all the parties that we made this. That is with the non-vegetarians!!


  • Fish -4 Pieces
  • Red Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
  • Salt - To taste
  • Hing or Aesofotida - A pinch for every piece of fish
  • Lemon Juice (1-2 tsp)
  • Oil (for shallow fry)

Marination Time: 30 minutes

Preparation Time: 20 minutes


  1. Clean the fish and pat it dry using a kitchen towel or napkin. Note that the fish should be realtively dry after this and should not be leaving any water. You may need to thaw the fish well in advance if using frozen fish.
  2. Now mix the Red Chilli Powder, Salt and Aesofotida in a dry bowl.
  3. Now sprinkle the prepared mixture onto the fish and pat gently. Turn the fish onto the other side and sprinkle on the other side.
  4. Let it marinate for a minimum of 15 minutes.
  5. Now take some oil in a flat bottom pan.
  6. When the oil is just at the right temperature shallow fry the fish.
  7. Bring it a simmer and let it fry in low heat turning when necessary.
  8. When completely done remove from the pan and transfer it onto a plate.
  9. Garnish with a few drops of lemon juice and your fish is ready to be served at your party. Enjoy!


1. For all those who make this, try having this with Rice and Plain Dal. It is an amazing combination.

2. For all the vegetarians who have managed to read so far (I know I have many of them out there) thanks for bearing with me on this one :). A tip is you can make the same thing with any vegetables such as Brinjal, Potato, Raw Jack Fruit etc. Only thing is you may need to add a little bit of Rice flour and water to coat the batter onto the vegetable.


  1. Great with drinks, I think! Perfect for The Party!

  2. Great food, but i substituted half paprika and half chile powder. Thanks for reipe

  3. I haven't found mackerel close to where I live and would like to know which other fish available in e US can we use for this recipe.Would love to try it.Also can we make is with small chunks and serve as appetizers?

    1. Sorry for the late reply :) But yes, you can make it in small chunks. You can use any other fish like Tilapia. King Mackeral is something that you should get in any supermarket like Shoprite if I am not mistaken. I am not too sure about Salmon though.If you get an Indian store you should try for seer fish. That works well with this masala.