South Indian Fish Fry

How to make Fish Fry ( South Indian style)?

Fish fry is a simple, healthy tasty dish that goes very well with variety rice menu of the South of India.Spicy & tangy in taste, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, this South Indian style of frying fish is a must try, if you haven’t until now. If you are looking for a quick, easy & tasty side for your weekend lunch, try Fried Fish (South Indian style).

South Indian Fish Fry
How to make Fish Fry (South Indian Style) ?

Hailing from the coastal town of Mangalore, a city along the coast of the Arabian sea in the Southern state of Karnataka in India, I was no stranger to sea food.Simply put, I love it in all forms, you can read about the many fish stories and how the recipes came to be, here.

I love going to the fresh market early on the weekends, before the crowds descend.

Fresh Market

Slowly checking out the fresh produce in the aisles, I moved on to the sea food section.

Golden Pompano’s

Fish of all size & shape were on display. I picked the golden pompano’s for lunch today, the guy at the counter was kind enough to cut & clean the fish for me. With fresh produce on one hand & frozen fish on the other, I walked to my car, to drive back home, mentally making up a list of items to cook for lunch today.Even that early, the sun was sending it’s heat waves down to earth, very soon it will start sweltering. The need to be in & out of the kitchen was strong, keeping cooking short & sweet, yet lemon rice with fish fry & veggies on the side while catching a movie or two on Netflix sounded like a good plan for weekend afternoon relaxation.

Fish Fry (South Indian style)

I set about cleaning the fish once more & then adding the ingredients to marinate the fish for 30 minutes, while I caught up on cutting the veggies & cooking rice, while it marinated. All of it, took just 40 minutes, the veggie side, the lemon rice & fish fry from start to finish. A filling & delicious lunch with a movie to boot ended up being the perfect plan before the afternoon siesta. Fish fry is a quick & easy recipe.

Fish Fry & Lemon Rice

Try it, a promise of a weekend nap is guaranteed after this one.If you are like me and don’t want to be spending too much time in the kitchen on a summer weekend , when you could be doing so much outdoors, then this recipe is for you, healthy, tasty & nutritious Fish Fry made the South Indian way.

How to make Fish Fry ( South Indian style)?

How to make Fish Fry ( South Indian style)?

Recipe by Maya Shetty
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  • 3 large Pompano Fish cut into steak size pieces

  • 1 tbsp Chili powder

  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

  • 1 tsp Coriander powder

  • 1/2 tsp Cumin powder (Jeera)

  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste

  • 1/4 tsp Tamarind paste

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil to fry- shallow or deep according to one’s preference

  • 4 tbsp Roasted Rawa or Sooji ( to coat fish before frying)

  • 1/2 lime Lemon/Lime Juice to squeeze on top before serving


  • Mix all the ingredients, & coat the clean fish pieces (except oil , roasted rawa & lemon juice.
  • Marinate the fish for 30 minutes after placing them in a ziploc bag in the refrigerator.
  • Heat oil in a tawa/pan , depending on whether you need to shallow fry or deep fry, add oil accordingly.
  • Take out the fish from the refrigerator, coat it with roasted rawa before frying it on the tawa/pan.
  • This gives it a crispy exterior, which adds to the flavor.
  • Serve hot with variety rice of any kind. Lemon rice & fish fry is a great combo, like in the recipe here, you may also try with pineapple rice, plain yogurt rice, spinach rice, zucchini rice, tomato rice etc.


  • I used the golden pompano fish for this recipe, one can use mackerel, sardines, king fish or any fish of choice, the flatter they are, it is easier to fry them shallow.

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories39
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 2g 4%
    • Saturated Fat 1g 5%
  • Sodium 134mg 6%
  • Potassium 156mg 5%
  • Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
    • Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
    • Sugars 2g
  • Protein 1g 2%

  • Vitamin A 47%
  • Calcium 4%
  • Iron 2%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Some of the links to my published sea food recipes are listed below for your interest :

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