How to make Chettinad Fish Fry - A speciality of Chettinad – bursting with flavour, this fish fry is a winner.

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Main Ingredients : Surmai Fillets (सुरमई के फिले), Salt (नमक)

Cuisine : Chettinaad

Course : Snacks and Starters

Chettinad Fish Fry

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Chettinad Fish Fry Recipe Card

Chettinad Fish Fry

Prep Time : 0-5 minutes

Cook time : 1-1.30 hour

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Chettinad Fish Fry Recipe

  • Surmai Fillets cut into 3 inch pieces 400 grams

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon

  • Garlic cloves roughly chopped 7-8

  • Ginger roughly chopped 1 inch

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Fennel seeds (saunf) 1 teaspoon

  • Coriander seeds 2 teaspoons

  • Black peppercorns 2 teaspoons

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Tamarind paste 1 teaspoon

  • Oil 1 teaspoon + 2 tablespoons for shallow frying


Step 1

Marinate fish pieces with salt, turmeric powder and lemon juice and set aside for fifteen minutes.

Step 2

Put garlic, ginger, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, black peppercorns, salt, red chilli powder and tamarind paste in a mixer jar and blend to a smooth paste.

Step 3

Apply this paste to the fish pieces and set aside for an hour.

Step 4

Heat two tablespoons oil in a non-stick pan and shallow fry the fish from both sides till properly cooked.

Step 5

Drain on absorbent paper. Serve hot.

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