any firm fish/pomfret/king fish 1lb/500gm/6 pieces
to marinate fish(optional step)
chilly powder 1 tsp
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
to dry roast & grind
coriander seeds 1 tbsp
cumin seeds 1 tsp
dry red chillies 4-5
coconut shredded /grated 1/2 cup
tamarind pulp 2 tbsp
ginger 1 tbsp
garlic cloves 2-3
to prepare gravyonion 2 large chopped fine
green chillies 2 chopped
tomato 2 large chopped fine
chilly powder 1 tsp
turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
salt to taste
malt vinegar/ white vinegar 1 tsp
cilantro 3-4 sprigs chopped
oil 2 tbsp(preferably coconut oil)
|(Caramelised fish on the right)|
- Clean the fish by rubbing sea salt and wash under running water.Drain water,keep aside.
- Marinate the fish pieces with chilly powder,turmeric powder and salt.Leave for 15 minutes.
- Heat a pan and dry roast the red dry chillies,coriander seeds and cumin seeds.Powder it in a blender and add the shredded coconut,ginger and garlic along with tamarind pulp.Grind to a smooth paste.
- Heat oil in a non stick pan and add the marinated fish and shallow fry till its slightly caramelised. Drain on a paper towel.
- Saute onions in the same oil until golden brown.Add in the green chillies. Add in the tomatoes.Cook covered till the tomatoes gets cooked and mushy.(around 2-3 minutes)
- Add in the chilly powder and turmeric powder.Pour the ground masala in it and cook till the oil separates.Add salt,mix well.
- Add in 2 cups of water and bring to boil.Add in the fish pieces and cook for around 7 minutes or till cooked.
- When the fish is fully cooked,add the malt vinegar/white vinegar ,garnish with coriander leaves and put off flame.
- Serve hot with steamed rice !!
Servings ~4-5 adults
* I have used king fish in this recipe.
* You can skip frying the fish.(Don't deep fry just caramelise the fish for 2-3 minutes either side)This just helps to maintain the shape of the fish and the flavors can seep in nicely.
* Increase the spices(green chillies/red dry chillies/chilly powder) if you want the flavors on the more spicier side.This is a in between the mild and moderate version.