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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Special Tandoori Basil Fish Tikka

Basil has many medicinal properties  and is very commonly available in India.Though this is the first time I have tried & tasted the basil flavored fish tikka,but it was worth trying.I happened to watch this cookery video in Surya TV but it was with chicken and I conveniently changed to fish.And believe me,this really was very flavorful and yummy.My first try in tikka was the Chicken tikka in oven and so this also I tried it in oven.But,this was something we really enjoyed with the basil syrup & cashew paste.I think you can make a veg version with paneer too,keeping the other ingredients the same.This recipe again goes to EP Series-Basil or cardamom ongoing @ Cook Ezee ,Do join & add your entries too :-)

to marinate
Tilapia fillets 4 (cube sized)
Hung curd / thick yogurt/ Greek yogurt 3 tbsp
Chilly powder 1 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Cumin powder 1 tsp
Chat masala 1/2 tsp
Olive oil 1+1 tbsp
to grind
Basil leaves 1/3 cup(puree to get 2 tsp of concentrate)
Cashews 6-7
Ginger 1" piece
Garlic 3 cloves
Green chillies 4
to load on skewers
Red bell pepper 1 cut cubes
onion 1 large cut cubes

-Wash and clean the fish fillets by rubbing salt and lemon juice.Cut into bite size cubes.Keep aside.
-Prepare a marinade using the ingredients listed and grind the rest of the ingredients listed.
-Mix the ground ingredients with the marinade and make a thick paste using 1tbsp of olive oil..(Don't add any water)
-Then apply generously all over the fish cubes and leave aside for 1 hour.
-Cut the red bell pepper & onion and add to the marinating fish.
-Take a skewer and load it alternatively with red bell pepper,onion & fish cubes.Place the ends of skewer on a tray such that it remains hanging.Pour the remaining 1tbsp of oil over all the loaded fish.
-Pre heat oven to 450 degrees F and place the skewers with tray in it.
-Bake for 15-20 minutes each side and remove from oven when done.(*refer notes)
-Serve as an appetizer by drizzling lemon juice or chat masala !!

Servings~3 skewers

*If you are using wooden skewers,don't forget to immerse them in water for 3-4 hours.(I usually leave it overnight)
*Puree the basil leaves without adding water and get the pure concentrate.
*The flavor of basil is not very predominant in this recipe,if you would like to add more you can.
*I usually turn the oven to broil mode the last minute or two,just to give the charred appearance like in tandoor.That is optional if you like the charred feel.
*You can use chicken in place of fish as the original recipe called for chicken.

Also, sending this to Bon Appetit- Appetizer recipes


Balvinder said... Best Blogger Tips

This lovely tikka reminds me of making some grilled food. Looks so juicy!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Am hungry now :) Appetizing!!!

Akila said... Best Blogger Tips

Simply awesome n lively clicks

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Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

excellent recipe for BBQ party...
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Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

That's indeed a welcoming flavor here..basil and fish..Awesome dear.

Indu said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks very good...Slurrpppp....

Ganga Sreekanth said... Best Blogger Tips

very tempting julie ...will try soon.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy tikka.. love it :)

Shabbu said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy and tempting fish tikka...perfect one..
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Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

I dont have excuse to try out this super flavourful tikka,mouthwatering here.

Faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

wow.....super yummy tikka......

jasna varcakovic said... Best Blogger Tips

I adore basil and chicken, .... have to try your recipe!

Renuka said... Best Blogger Tips

Really nice.. like how you've given good ol' fish tikka a twist with the basil..

radha said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice looking kebabs!

Reshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

this looks irresistible... lovely.. kothiyavunnuu
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Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy tikka, looks so inviting.

Spice up the Curry said... Best Blogger Tips

super delicious fish tikka,. awesome

Reshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

ahh.. lovely treat.

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Soni said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome recipe!!Will be trying this for sure :)

simran said... Best Blogger Tips

really really tasty...absolutely love this.

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