After all that I have eaten while I was back home, I’m excited to bring back a few recipes to satisfy the cravings of having a delicious, spicy seafood fry.
Fish chili paste is made out of the most common spices that are available in almost every local Indian supermarket. It is popular in the coastal regions of South-India prepared differently in different regions. Chili paste is exactly what it sounds like: the spicy tangy flavor. This recipe is always used in my mom’s kitchen and comes in handy for every fish I want to fry.
Initially, I used to start coating my fish with a paste of chili powder, a pinch of turmeric and salt which had a less intense flavor that got me thinking there was something missing. I then made up my mind and prepared this paste which I should have tried long before, and now everytime I fry my fish with this paste it takes me back home where the aroma of the spices fills the air and spreads the spicy blend to the Olfactory system and the liquid across your palate – Mouth Watering!!
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Appliance required: Blender
Red Kashmiri dry chilies – 32 g / fist full
Black pepper seeds – 1 tsp
Cumin seeds / Jeera seeds – 1/2 tsp
Salt – 1 tsp
Vinegar – 2 tbsp
Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
1. Prepare the ingredients. Combine all the ingredients in a blender, preferably in a small sized container so as to grind it into a fine paste. Add very little water if its very dry.
2. Grind into a thick fine paste. Transfer it into 200 ml or 200 g glass jar. Store it in the fridge.
3. Marinate 1 tbsp of chili paste on fish, either whole fish or pieces. You can adjust the amount of paste based on your spice level. Sprinkle just a pinch of salt over fish since the paste already contains some amount of salt.
4. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, longer the better. Shallow fry the fish in a pan.
You can fry any lean fish which are available in wide varieties. Fish that are commonly fried with this paste:
Sardine (Tarle, Boothay)
King Fish / Seer ( Surmai, Anjal) : Pic below (EDIT)
Recipes with chilli paste click below:
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