Fish Masala

Ingredients for Fish Masala:

1. Fish – ½ kg, cut into pieces

2. Turmeric powder – 1 small spoon

    Lemon juice – 3 big spoons

    Salt – 1 small spoon

3. Ghee/oil – As required

4. Grated onions – 1 cup

    Garlic – 10 cloves, chopped

5. Salt – As required

    Cumin seeds – 1 small spoon

    Fenugreek – 1 small spoon

    Coriander powder – 1 small spoon

6. Curd – 1 cup

7. Chilli powder – 1 small spoon

8. Sugar – 1 small spoon

    Ginger finely chopped – 2 small spoons

9. Coriander leaves chopped – 1 big spoon

    Garam masala powder – ½ small spoon

    Green chillies finely chopped – 2 small spoons

How to prepare Fish Masala?

1. Clean the fish and marinate using ingredients no: 2.

2. Allow it to rest for half an hour.

3. Heat oil or ghee in a pan and fry grated onions and garlic.

4. When it turns golden brown, drain from oil/ghee.

5. In the remaining oil, deep fry the fish and keep aside.

6. In the remaining oil, sauté the fried onions along with ingredients no: 5.

7. Add water little by little while sauting process is going on.

8. Blend the curd well and add to the masala little by little.

9. Continue sauting till curd is fully absorbed and a thin layer of oil appears on the surface.

10. Add chilli powder to it and mix well.

11. Add fried fish to it along with ingredients no: 8.

12. Close the lid, rotate the pan once and allow fish to cook in low flame for a while.

13. When the masala turns thick, put the flame off.

14. Spread ingredients no: 9 on the top of your fish masala and serve.

Courtesy: Vanitha Magazine November 15-30, 2016

Fish Masala – Recipe 2

Ingredients for Fish Masala:

1. Fish – ½ kg

2. Red chillies – 6

    Turmeric powder – ½ small spoon

    Cumin – ¼ small spoon

    Garlic – 6 cloves

3. Oil – 2 big spoons

4. Shallots – ¼ cup, grind to a paste

5. Coconut scrapped – ¾ cup

6. Tamarind juice – As required

    Small lemon – As required

    Salt – As required

7. Green chillies – 6, end split

    Ginger chopped – ½ small spoon

8. Curry leaves – A little

9. Fenugreek fried and powdered – ½ small spoon

How to prepare Fish Masala?

1. Clean fish and cut into pieces.

2. Make a fine paste of ingredients no: 2.

3. Keep the water used for washing mixer jar to be used later.

4. Heat oil in a pan and add shallots paste.

5. Sauté it well and add chilli paste.

6. Sauté again and then add coconut paste.

7. When the contents are fried, add gravy water (kept earlier) along with ingredients no: 6.

8. Mix the contents well and allow to boil.

9. Add fish along with ingredients no: 7, curry leaves and extra water if needed.

10. Cook fish till gravy turns thick.

11. Sprinkle fenugreek powder on top and serve.

Courtesy: Vanitha Magazine April 15-30, 2019

Also read one more fish masala recipe here.

Read a few more delicious non-veg fish side dish/curry recipes here. Click on the images in the gallery to read.


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