How to make Lal Mirch Ki Machchi -

As the name suggests this fish curry is quite red hot.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : King fish (surmai) (सुरमई मछली), Whole dry red chillies (साबुत सूखी लाल मिर्च )

Cuisine : Rajasthani

Course : Main Course Seafood

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Lal Mirch Ki Machchi

Lal Mirch Ki Machchi Recipe Card


Rajasthani cuisine is perhaps the most sensitive amongst the Indian cuisines. People here relish non-vegetarian dishes made from chicken, lamb and shikar which includes animal and birds like boars, venison, peacock, quail, duck, pheasant, rabbits and even camels etc. Vegetarian food comes in two varieties i.e. the food eaten by the common man that includes use of various spices and herbs and the food of the Marwari Jains that is prepared without using onions, garlic or for that matter any ingredient growing under the soil except for ginger and groundnuts.
Rajasthan cooking in general has its own unique flavour where the simplest and the most basic of ingredients go into the preparation of delicious dishes. The harsh climate and the non-availability of ingredients in this region are a great influence.  Food that could last for several days and could be eaten without heating was preferred, more out of necessity than choice. The sparse rainfall is not conducive to growing fresh green vegetables. Due to this scarcity whatever seasonal vegetables are grown, are sundried so that they can be used for the rest of the year. 

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Lal Mirch Ki Machchi Recipe

  • King fish (surmai) 500 grams

  • Whole dry red chillies 6-8

  • Oil 1/3 cup

  • Cloves 6

  • Black cardamom 1

  • Onion ground 1 large

  • Ginger paste 1 teaspoon

  • Garlic paste 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Lemon juice 2 tablespoons


Step 1

Wash, clean and cut king fish in to two-inch sized pieces. Coarsely grind whole red chillies. Heat oil. Add cloves, black cardamom, red chilli paste and sauté for two to three minutes.

Step 2

When the spices are cooked add onion paste and fry till golden. Add ginger paste, garlic paste, salt, turmeric, red chilli powder and sauté till oil surface. Add half cup of water and bring it to a boil.

Step 3

Add fish pieces, cover and simmer gently, stirring occasionally for seven to ten minutes or till the fish is cooked and all the water absorbed. Add lemon juice and serve hot.

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