How to make Amritsari Fish -

Fish fillet cubes marinated with gram flour, yogurt and other spices, deep fried to perfection

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Surmai fish fillets, Lemon (नींबू)

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Amritsari Fish

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Punjabi food is wholesome and full of rustic flavour. The custom of cooking in community ovens or tandoors prevails in rural pockets even today. The cuisine is characterised by a profusion of dairy products in the form of malai, paneer and dahi. The dals are a speciality of this type of cuisine, made of whole pulses like black gram, green gram and Bengal gram.  They are cooked on slow fire, often simmered for hours till they turn creamy and then flavoured with spices and rounded off with malai for that rich finish. The food is simply delicious.
The most unique thing about cooking in a tandoor is the smoky flavour that the food gets making it tastier. Moreover it is a healthy way of cooking since minimum fat is required and the food generally gets cooked in its own juices thus retaining its natural flavours. Besides it is not only easy to digest, it is also very hygienic.  In conclusion one can safely say that it is through tandoori cooking that Indian cuisine first got globally acknowledged.

Prep Time : 41-50 minutes

Cook time : 6-10 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Amritsari Fish Recipe

  • Surmai fish fillets , cut into 1½ inch pieces 500 grams

  • Lemon 1/2

  • Salt to taste

  • Gram flour (besan) 1 cup

  • Ginger garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Carom seeds (ajwain) 1 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Yogurt 1/2 cup

  • Egg 1

  • Oil for deep-frying

  • Chaat masala to sprinkle

  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish

  • Lemon wedges for garnish


Step 1

Place fish pieces on a plate, squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon over them, sprinkle salt and rub in well. Set aside to marinate for 5-10 minutes.

Step 2

To prepare marinade, take gram flour in a bowl, add ginger-garlic paste, carom seeds, chilli powder, salt and yogurt. Break an egg into the bowl and mix well till smooth and thick batter.

Step 3

Put the fish pieces in this marinade and mix till all the fish pieces are well coated. Set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.

Step 4

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai. Slide in the marinated fish pieces, one by one, and deep-fry till golden brown and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper, sprinkle chaat masala and toss well.

Step 5

Transfer into a serving bowl, garnish with coriander leaves and lemon wedge and serve hot.

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