358 – Fish Fry – South Indian Recipe / السمك المقلي بطريقة الهند الجنوبية
- 4 medium-thick slices of Seer fish (or any fish of your choice)
- 1 cup semolina
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Masala ingredients:
- 2 teaspoons ground chili
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 2 tablespoons ground coriander
- 1-2 teaspoon salt (depending on the fish used)
- 1 tablespoon water
Step 1: Making the Masala
1- Using a spice (or coffee) grinder, grind the spices (ground chili, ground turmeric, ground coriander, and salt) for 30 seconds to mix them up.
2- Then add a little bit of water and continue mixing for 1 minute to get a smooth paste.
Step 2: Spicing up the Fish
1- Press the fish slices to remove water from them.
2- Using your fingers, rub the spice paste on the fish slices on both sides. Basically, you are coating the fish slices with masala paste.
3- Marinate the fish slices for 20 minutes.
Step 3: Frying the Fish Slices
1- Place the semolina in a plate.
2- Drizzle vegetable oil (2-3 tablespoons) on a flat pan and heat it up on medium heat.
3- Dip the fish slices (on both surfaces) in semolina, then place it in the hot oil. Fry the fish for a few minutes on each sides until it becomes golden brown.
Note: to check if a fish slice is cooked, prick it with a fork. The fork should easily get in. Make sure not to overcook!
4- Service immediately with fresh cilantro and lemon slices.