How to make Masala Fried Fish -

Fish pieces marinated with a spicy masala and air fried till golden and crisp.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Fish (मछली), Semolina

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Masala Fried Fish

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The Maharashtrian hospitality is legendary. The cuisine has subtle variety and strong flavours and varies from region to region. In ancient times in the more affluent homes, feasts often started at mid-day and ended when the sun set! The presentation of food was alluring with a practice to sing sacred verses to dedicate the meal to God.
Maharashtrian cuisine covers a wide range from being extremely mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice, jowar, vegetables, lentils and fruit form important components of Maharashtrian diet. 
Everybody knows about the unbeatable taste of the Mumbai’s chaats! But there is so much more to explore and savour in the other regions of Maharashtra. 

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Masala Fried Fish Recipe

  • Fish cut into 2 inch pieces 400 grams

  • Semolina to taste

  • Turmeric powder a pinch

  • Lemon juice 1 teaspoon

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Coriander seeds 2 teaspoons

  • Cloves 3-4

  • Dried red chillies 3-4

  • Ginger 1 1/2 inch pieces

  • Garlic cloves 5-6

  • Tamarind pulp 1/2 teaspoon

  • Semolina (rawa/suji) 1/2 cup

  • Oil a little


Step 1

Sprinkle salt, turmeric powder and lemon juice on the fish pieces. Dry roast cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cloves till fragrant.

Step 2

Put red chillies, ginger, garlic and roasted spices into a mixer jar and grind with a little water, salt, tamarind pulp till smooth. Apply this masala on the fish pieces all around and marinate for 10-15 minutes.

Step 3

Roll them in semolina till well coated on all sides and drizzle a little oil on them. Brush the basket of the air fryer with a little oil and place the fish pieces on it.

Step 4

Process the fryer at the highest temperature for 10-12 minutes. Serve hot.

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