5 Desi Fish Fry Recipes

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Fried Fish! We know of so many people who would never eat fish in a curry, but will gladly gobble up a plate full of fried fish. So we’ve got 5 simple and finger licking good fried fish recipes from across the country for you to try out. Whether you want to serve these as a starter or as an accompaniment to good old dal-chawal is upto you!

Green Masala Fish Fry

The herby mint, coriander and green chilli marinade gives this fish fry recipe a refreshing taste, while the semolina crumb coat adds a lovely texture. This one is perfect to serve both as a party starter and as part of a simple dal chawal meal.


Fish Pakoda

This recipe is a hit with even fussy fish eaters. Chunks of boneless fish coated in a spiced gram flour batter and deep fried to golden brown goodness. Sprinkle some chaat masala and serve hot with some mint and coriander chutney – and you’ve got a winner!


Bengali Fish Fry

The Bengalis love their fish and it is no secret. In this recipe we have used betki, a sweet water fish which is a Bengali favourite. The boneless fillets are marinated in a spicy masala, crumb coated and pan fried to perfection. Serve this Bengali style, with some lemon wedges and all-time favourite mustard sauce – Kasundi.


Lahori Fish Fry

 While Amritsari fish fry has gained popularity as a starter across the country and Globe, this Lahori style fish isn’t too far behind either. Boneless fish fillets marinated in a tangy anardana spiked spiced batter and deep fried to crisp golden perfection.


Malvani Bombil Fry

This soft, delicate fish is slightly flattened, coated in a batter and fried to crisp perfection. The crunchy exterior is a complete contrast to the fish inside that just melts as you put it into your mouth. Another super hit from the region is mackerel or bangda fry – coated in masala, dipped in rice flour and shallow fried.



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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.