How to make Masala Fish Fry -

Chunky pieces of king fish marinated in a spicy masala coated with semolina and fried to a crisp.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : King fish (surmai) (सुरमई मछली), Crushed black peppercorns (कुटी हुई कालीमिर्च )

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Masala Fish Fry

Masala Fish Fry Recipe Card


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 : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 6-10 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Masala Fish Fry Recipe

  • King fish (surmai) 8 slices

  • Crushed black peppercorns 1/2 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Garlic paste 2 teaspoons

  • Red chilli paste 2 teaspoons

  • Fresh coriander leaf paste 2 teaspoons

  • Coriander powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Clove powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil 2 tablespo

  • Lemon juice 2 teaspoons

  • Semolina (rawa/suji) 1/2 cup

  • Rice flour 1/2 cup

  • Onion rings

  • Lemon wedges


Step 1

Mix together crushed black peppercorns, turmeric powder, garlic paste, red chilli paste, coriander leaf paste, coriander powder, clove powder, salt and 2 tablespoons oil. Add lemon juice and mix again.

Step 2

Apply this mixture to the fish pieces so that they are well covered with the masala. Set aside to marinate for about fifteen minutes.

Step 3

Heat sufficient oil in a non stick frying pan.

Step 4

Mix semolina and rice flour and spread on a plate. Coat the fish pieces with this mixture well.

Step 5

Shallow fry the fish pieces, in batches, in the hot oil on medium heat, turning sides, till both sides are golden. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 6

Serve hot with onion rings and lemon wedges.

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