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Spicy Vanjaram Fish Fry

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True authentic Tamilnadu Chettinad Spicy Vanjaram Fish Fry recipe from a karaikudi kitchen with step by step pictures.

  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 500 grams Seer Fish (Vanjaram Fish) cut into steaks
  • Garlic Paste (made with 10-12 cloves of garlic and 2 tablespoons water)
  • 2 heaped tablespoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 heaped tablespoon corn starch
  • Oil for shallow frying


  1. Clean the fish steaks and dry them thoroughly on a paper towel. Set aside. Take 10-12 cloves garlic and grind it to a smooth paste. Add 2-3 tablespoons of water while grinding. Apply the paste on both sides of the fish. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  2. In the mean time make a dry rub powder with 2 heaped tablespoon red chilli powder, 1 teaspoon fine pepper powder, 1 teaspoon salt and 2 heaped tablespoon corn flour.
  3. Take the garlic marinated fish and dust it in the dry rub powder to evenly coat. Let the dusted fish rest for 20 minutes at room temperature.
  4. Heat oil in a pan until very hot. The marinade will not leave the fish if fried in hot oil. That’s the trick. Shallow fry the fish for 1.5 – 2 minutes on each side in hot oil.
  5. Drain the fried fish on a paper towel and serve hot.
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Starters
  • Cuisine: South India
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