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Coconut Fish Fry Recipe

Recipe for South Indian style Fish fry made with spicy coconut masala paste. Recipe with step by step pictures.

  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x



For the Masala

  • 3 tablespoon Fresh shredded coconut
  • 10 shallots (Indian small onions)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 inch piece ginger
  • 6 green chillies (Use less for a less spicy fry)
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon besan flour
  • 1 tablespoon rice flour

Other Ingredients

  • 1/2 kg seer fish steaks
  • Coconut oil or Peanut oil to shallow fry


For the Masala

  1. Grind the ingredients listed under masala to a fine paste. Add a few tablespoons of water while grinding.
  2. Add in a tablespoon each of chickpea flour (besan) and rice flour to the ground masala and mix well. Set aside.
  3. Apply the masala generously on the fish steaks.
  4. Let the fish steaks marinate for 20 minutes.
  5. Heat oil in a pan for until very hot.
  6. Shallow fry the fish for 1.5 – 2 minutes on each side in really hot oil.
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: South Indian
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu
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