How to make Chettinad Fish Fry - A speciality of Chettinad – bursting with flavour, this fish fry is a winner.

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Main Ingredients : Surmai Fillets (सुरमई के फिले), Salt (नमक)

Cuisine : Chettinaad

Course : Snacks and Starters

Chettinad Fish Fry Recipe Card

Chettinad Fish Fry

You can’t eat breakfast at night or dinner in the afternoon – but snacks? that you can eat anytime of the day! Along with tea, after school or at a birthday party – snacks are every foodie’s ultimate favourite. Healthy snacking is the best way to satisfy your munchies without the worry of to many added calories.

You can also find more Snacks and Starters recipes like Marwari Kachori, Instant Rava Dhokla, Garlicky Mushroom Pakoras, Moong Dal Pakoda.

Prep Time : 0-5 minutes

Cook time : 1-1.30 hour

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Chettinad Fish Fry Recipe

  • Surmai Fillets cut into 3 inch pieces 400 grams

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon

  • Garlic cloves roughly chopped 7-8

  • Ginger roughly chopped 1 inch

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Fennel seeds (saunf) 1 teaspoon

  • Coriander seeds 2 teaspoons

  • Black peppercorns 2 teaspoons

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Tamarind paste 1 teaspoon

  • Oil 1 teaspoon + 2 tablespoons for shallow frying


Step 1

Marinate fish pieces with salt, turmeric powder and lemon juice and set aside for fifteen minutes.

Step 2

Put garlic, ginger, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, black peppercorns, salt, red chilli powder and tamarind paste in a mixer jar and blend to a smooth paste.

Step 3

Apply this paste to the fish pieces and set aside for an hour.

Step 4

Heat two tablespoons oil in a non-stick pan and shallow fry the fish from both sides till properly cooked.

Step 5

Drain on absorbent paper. Serve hot.