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A Bengali lives by fish and rice. Living in North America, I had to adapt to the fact that I could not get the fish that I grew up with in India. So I learnt to eat catfish, trout, salmon and striped bass etc. Catfish is one of my favourites, as the fatty fish lends itself to a lot of moisture and it doesn't smell fishy at all - if its fresh! This is a recipe I came up with on a whim.
1 thick catfish fillet (approximately 225g or 1/2 lb)
60g (2 oz) gram flour
1 tbsp flour
1/2 tbsp baking powder
salt to taste
1/2 tsp nigella seeds
1/2 tsp ajwain seeds (optional)
chilli powder - to taste
125ml (4 fl oz) water
1/2 medium onion, finely diced
2 - 3 green chillies, finely diced (to taste)
1/2 tsp ginger ground
oil for frying
15 min › Cook:
20 min › Ready in:
Cut the catfish into 2.5cm (1 in) cubes, lightly salt and set aside.
In a bowl mix all the other ingredients except the oil and water. Add the water into the mix and mix until it is a thick batter (almost like a cake mixture consistency).
Heat the oil in a pan till it is hot - but not smoking hot. Keep the temperature around 180 degrees C (if you have a deep fat fryer so much the better).
Mix the fish into the batter, then drop the pieces one by one into the oil. Make sure the pieces are coated well.
Fry until golden on both sides, remove and drain on kitchen paper. Serve hot with chutney or pickle or slices of onions. You can substitute small diced chicken or vegetables for the catfish as well.
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