How to make Malvani Fish Fry - SK Khazana -

Bursting with flavours of malvani masala, this fried fish is a joy to eat

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : King fish darnes, Malvani masala powder

Cuisine : Malvani

Course : Snacks and Starters

Malvani Fish Fry - SK Khazana

Malvani Fish Fry - SK Khazana Recipe Card


The standard cuisine of the Konkan region of Maharashtra and Goa, and some northern parts of West Karnataka goes under the mantle of Malvani cuisine. Although it cuisine is predominantly non-vegetarian, there are a lot of vegetarian delicacies too. Although it is an independent cuisine, it overlaps Maharashtrian and Goan cuisines. 
Malvanis cook food in their own distinct way. They use plenty of coconut in its various forms such as scraped, grated dried coconut, fried, coconut paste and coconut milk.
Many masalas have dried red chilies and other spices like coriander seeds, peppercorns, cumin seeds, cardamom, ginger, garlic, etc. Some dishes also use kokum, dried kokam (amsul), tamarind and raw mango that not only add a delicious sourness to the food but also a distinct flavour.

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Malvani Fish Fry - SK Khazana Recipe

  • King fish darnes 4

  • Malvani masala powder 1 teaspoon

  • Garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Tamarind pulp 2 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Semolin for coating

  • Oil to shallow fry

  • Lemon slices to garnish

  • Fresh coriander sprigs to garnish


Step 1

Take garlic paste in a bowl, add malvani masala powder, turmeric powder, tamarind pulp and salt and mix well.

Step 2

Apply this mixture on both sides of the fish darnes and set aside to marinate for 15-20 minutes.

Step 3

Take semolina in a plate, place the fish darnes in it and coat both the sides of darnes well.

Step 4

Heat sufficient oil in a non-stick pan, place the fish darnes in it and shallow fry, turning sides till golden brown on both the sides. Transfer onto a serving plate.

Step 5

Garnish with lemon slices and coriander sprigs and serve hot.

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