There is a fish market near my house and so fish has been regular in our menu these days. Though cleaning the fish is tedious task and I generally get it done at the fish stall only. Whenever we buy fish, after cleaning and scrubbing the fish with salt and cleaning again with fresh water for 3-4 times, we make fish curry (either khatta or meetha) on day one and on the second or third day we make tawa fish fry by reserving half of the fish pieces.
Tawa fish fry is a super simple recipe when the fish pieces are already cleaned and marinated. Normally when we buy fish and get it cleaned and cut into pieces, we separate them as the thin sliced pieces of abdomen will go into frying and the tail and other pieces will go into making the curry. A simple khatti dal, white steamed rice and these tawa fish fry pieces is a droolicious combo on any day at my house.
Tawa Fish Fry
- 10 Fish pieces
- 1 Onion, sliced
- 1 tbsp. Ginger-Garlic paste
- 1 tbsp. dry Coconut powder
- ½ tbsp. Garama Masala Powder
- ½ tbsp. Coriander powder
- 1 tbsp. Red chili powder
- ½ tbsp. Turmeric powder
- 2 tbsp. Oil for marination
- Oil for deep frying
- Make a fine paste of sliced onions and add all the ingredients mentioned except fish pieces.
- Coat the fish pieces with the above made paste and set aside for 30 minutes by covering with a tight lid.
- On a tawa or heavy bottom pan shallow fry the fish pieces one by one or 2-3 at a time depending on the size of the pan by adding 3-4 tbsp. of oil.
- Fry for on one side for 2 minutes on medium flame and gently flip and fry on other side for another 2-3 minutes.
- Now reduce the flame and cook the fish pieces by covering with a lid for 4-5 minutes or until the outer layer is crisp.
- Drain onto kitchen tissue and serve warm with sliced onions and lemon wedges.
- I served with khatti dal and white steamed rice.
- Add love to make this tawa fish fry taste ‘Yummy’.
- Tawa generally refers to cast iron pan with thick base. It is easily available kitchen utensils shop. We normally make roti’s on this only.
- I prefer frying fish on tawa rather than non-stick pan.