Keralan fried fish

Keralan fried fish


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About this recipe: Fish is a mainstay in Kerala and this is a common way to prepare it. Use any firm fish here, such as tilapia, salmon, trout or basa. Serve with steamed rice.


Serves: 4 

  • 500g fish, cut into pieces
  • 3 small red onions or shallots
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • salt to taste
  • oil for deep frying

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

  1. Place peeled onion or shallot into a food processor along with the chillies, chilli powder, turmeric and salt. Process till a smooth paste forms. Transfer to a bowl or shallow dish.
  2. Add the fish pieces to the onion mixture and toss to coat. Cover with cling film and marinate in the fridge for 1 hour.
  3. Heat oil in a deep fryer or heavy saucepan. Once hot, add the fish pieces one at a time, taking care not to overcrowd the pan. Cook for 2 to 4 minutes, till browned and firm. Remove and drain on kitchen paper; repeat with remaining fish.

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