How to make Panch Phoron Crusted Basa with Saffron Rice -

Marinated basa fish fillets rolled in panch phoron and deep fried and served with saffron flavoured rice.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Paanch phoran, Basa fillets

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Main Course Seafood

Panch Phoron Crusted Basa with Saffron Rice

Panch Phoron Crusted Basa with Saffron Rice 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 : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Panch Phoron Crusted Basa with Saffron Rice Recipe

  • Paanch phoran 2 cups

  • Basa fillets 2

  • Saffron (kesar) a few strands

  • Basmati rice parboiled 1½ cups

  • Red chilli powder 2 teaspoons

  • Turmeric powder ½ teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Olive oil A few drops + for shallow frying


Step 1

Take fish fillets on a plate. Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and few drops olive oil. Mix well and set aside to marinate for 5 minutes.

Step 2

Heat sufficient water in a deep non-stick pan. Add saffron and mix well.

Step 3

Add rice and salt, mix well, cover and cook till the rice is fully done.

Step 4

Crust both sides of the marinated fish fillets with the paanch phoran.

Step 5

Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan. Place the crusted fish fillets on it and shallow-fry till evenly done from both sides and the fish is cooked.

Step 6

Make a bed of saffron rice on a serving platter. Place the crusted fish fillets on it and serve immediately.

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