How to make Baked Tamarind Basa -

Tamarind marinade and apricot sauce give the fish a wonderful taste.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Basa, Tamarind Paste (इमली की पेस्ट )

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Main Course Seafood

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Baked Tamarind Basa

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History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 6-10 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Tangy

Ingredients for Baked Tamarind Basa Recipe

  • Basa cut into 2 inch pieces 2

  • Tamarind Paste 4

  • Tamarind paste 1/2 cup

  • Garlic chopped 2 cloves

  • Red chilli powder 2 teaspoons

  • Castor sugar (caster sugar) 1/4 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Dried apricots soaked seeded and pureed 10-12

  • Castor sugar (caster sugar) 1 teaspoon

  • Green chilli paste 1 teaspoon


Step 1

Preheat oven at 180°C. For tamarind marinade, mix together tamarind paste, garlic, red chilli powder, castor sugar and salt in a bowl.

Step 2

Add fish pieces and mix well and set aside for twenty to twenty-five minutes to marinate.For apricot sauce, heat a non-stick pan; add apricot puree, castor sugar and half cup of water and mix well.

Step 3

Cook till the puree is thick and smooth. Add green chilli paste and cook for a minute. Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 4

Place the fish equally on the four banana leaves and fold them into parcels. Arrange them on a baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for ten to twelve minutes or till the fish is done. Serve hot with apricot sauce.

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