South Indian Fish Fry

The weather forecaster had not minced any words when she announced on the Friday news that there will be heavy rains over the weekend. Fully prepared to face the rain head on, I felt mighty pleased to walk out of the Korean Market, with two packs of fresh caught fish. One was King fish steaks and the other wild caught Mackerel. Saturday arrived and with it the rain clouds, true to the word, it poured and poured. I had made my plans for the weekend already, a marathon cooking session of all favorite dishes  to make the following week easy.

Watching a classic movie on Netflix, I started my weekend, refrigerator cleaned and organized, pantry stacked and then off to cooking. This fish fry recipe is made with a South Indian flavor, spicy enough to beat the cold rains and stay indoors and watch the pitter patter of the rains slashing the windows, that paired with a lovely movie, some hot rice and simple Tomato Rasam/Soup ( South Indian style again) was a perfect way to celebrate a weekend indoors.

A quick and easy recipe, for juicy crispy fish fry follows :

Ingredients :

King Fish Steaks – 5 pieces

Chili Powder – 1 1/2 tbsp

Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp

Cumin Powder – 1/4 tsp

Ginger -Garlic Paste –  1 tsp

Salt- to taste

Lime juice- 1/2 tbsp

Coconut Oil – 2 tbsp

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Method :

1.Clean the fish steaks well, drain the water and set them aside.

2.Now mix all the ingredients with a teaspoon or two of water and lime juice into a fine paste.

3.Marinate the fish pieces with this paste and set aside or in the refrigerator for half hour.

4.Heat oil in a cast iron pan and shallow fry the fish turning them over on both sides.

5.Serve hot with lemon wedges and onion slices, along with hot rice and spicy tomato rasam/soup . Enjoy a rainy day, indoors !

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