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South Indian Masala Fish Fry

Growing up relatively close to a coastal town in Tamilnadu – Kadalur, we had plenty of access to fresh seafood. One of the main items in a complete South Indian seafood meal is fish fry. It has to be one of the easiest yet can made be made in different varieties.

This particular recipe is from my mother-in-law and is very close to my tongue.. er.. heart. 😉 It goes great with Chicken/Mutton Briyani and Fish Curry.


  • Fish : 4 slices (you can use any fish, but in this recipe I have used Cat fish)
  • Oil : 1/2 cup
  • Onion: 1 (medium)
  • Tomatoes : 2
  • Ginger : 1″
  • Garlic : 3
  • Tamarind : 1/4 cup (Extract From a lemon sized ball of tamarind)
  • Red chili powder : 2 tbsp (according to your spice level)
  • Salt : required to taste
  • Turmeric powder : 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds: 1 tsp (optional)
  • Coriander leaves: few springs

Method of Preparation:

  1. Grind chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, ginger & garlic and few springs of coriander leaves in to a fine paste.
  2. Now add turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt, and tamarind water into the paste.
  3. You can add a little water into the mixture to make it a loose paste. (the consistency of the paste should be thin)
  4. Fish fry

  5. Now add the fish slices into the paste and marinate overnight or you can let it stand in the fridge for atleast 4 hours.
  6. Heat oil in a flat pan and add the marinated fish one by one and cook until it becomes crisp on both sides.

Fish Fry3


  • You can also deep fry the fish but if you want to use less oil in your fish you can just do the step I mentioned above.
  • You can just dump some extra masala mixture on top of the fish while you fry.


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  1. The curry looks really good and lip smacking Shriya.

  2. fish fry looksyum,…nd thnks for the award,..;-)

  3. Ur fish fry is really tasty 🙂 I am drooling, I am from ur neighb place Pondy !

  4. tht is a lovely recipe. thanks so much for the lovely award. i wanted to ask u if i could put a link to this recipe in my blog post
    just email me at thanks so much once again.

  5. tasty fry..and thanks for passing the award to me…

  6. Thanks for thinking of me while passing the award.

  7. Hey guys, thanks a lot! and shriya nice yummy recipe yaar!

  8. Wow the fish fry looking so delicious…have bookmarked the recipe 🙂

  9. hii shriya thanks for ur receipe… this fish fry is really good..

  10. Hi,
    Would this fish be available in US?What is it best to supplement it with since we have very few options available in US?

  11. whaaa!!! so nice. thanks my dear lovely frnds.rly its tasty.

  12. hi am trying it now. will check and lye you know, thanks anyway

  13. but … people…u should better know that cat fish is very harmful for a human to consume … not only a human…evn other animals…

  14. Hi Shriya, I tried this with King fish and really came up very nice. My friends liked it very much. Thank you for the reciepe.

  15. Thanks for posting the recipe, as I’m new to Indian cooking, I used a Shan spice packet for Lahori fish and cooked it the way you suggested. Excellent!

  16. Wow very nice Receipe, Came out very well.

  17. Very Very Sexy Fish Fry…Shriya dank u

  18. Just made it today. Great recipe! Tried it with Mahi Mahi. Thank you!

  19. im learning how to cook, def going try this recipe,

  20. Great blog, this could be the best blog I ever visited this month. Never stop to write something useful dude!.

  21. thank you for this amazing recipe am pregnant and this is what i always crave – im a person who doesnt like anything ” fishy” this dish is really tasty husband and child loved it too! looking for more interesting recipes from you-

  22. Fish Curry In Tamrind Sauce, is truly yum and delicious. It taste tangy, spicy and tempting.

  23. Well that was good, But guess what i tired to experiment and this is how i love to do my fish fry. 1 Whole fish or as many as needed, the fist could be sliced symmetrically. But NOT completely sliced, or make incisions on either sides of the fish, regular ingredients for the paste, onion, tomato, GG paste, lemon or white vinegar, red chili, coriander, cumin and salt as much as you need- Dry or oil Roast in order blend them after cooled- if your are using vinegar then you could soak the fish in vinegar before you marinate the fish with the ground paste – later we need foil wrap sheets or rolls as available in the market, cut them to make box shaped to resemble rectangular sachets. Once the fish goes though the frozen marination process of 3 to 4 hrs, oil the sachets with oil you prefer as i do it with a mix of sunflower and olive oil make a ready mix as the oil needs to be brushed on the fish as well before the the fish goes into the foil sachets, ensure that the foils sachets are sealed well, pre heat tava and put the foil sachet flat for 3 to 4 min, repeat the same on the other side, place the sachet on a serving plate with onion rings, lemon, and a spicy chutney as needed and enjoy the burst once the sachet is opened. this could be done on a barbeque or an oven too.

  24. thanks for the recipie…i made it today…:)

  25. The fry looks yummy.Can you please put how to do fish oil poriyal.Like king fish usually red in color that we eat in restaurants.


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