Don’t give me that look. I know, it’s Navrathri and we are not supposed to have non-vegetarian food. Being a South Indian, the customs of Navrathri fast are quite different from the Northern parts of India. Most of us avoid non-vegetarian foods all these nine days. And as far as I know, at least in my family, there is nothing called as a complete fast. However, now I’m settled in Pune and is taking it up. It’s the third day and I’m surprised that I’m not dizzy or tired with consuming only fruits all these days.
I made fish fry for P today as I didn’t want to put him through any difficulties because of my fast! I know, I’m a dutiful wife 😛 There is not even a day without fish fry for lunch at home in my family. Oh yeah, since my childhood!! So you can imagine how much of fish lovers we are!!
This is a basic Kerala style fish fry recipe. There are many different ways to fry fish- adding mashed shallots or fish masala powder or even garam masala. But here’s the easy-peasy method.
Source: Marias Menu
Fish steaks – 4
Ginger-garlic paste – 1 and 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder – 1 and 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Crushed pepper – 1/2 tsp (freshly crushed peppercorns would be better)
Lime juice – 1-2 tsp
Coconut oil- 3tbsp
Clean and dry fish pieces.
Make a fine paste of ginger-garlic paste, chilly powder, turmeric powder, crushed pepper with little water, not making it too flowy. Marinate the fish pieces with the ground paste and lime juice.
Rest the marinated fish for a minimum of half an hour.
Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the fish
hot with onion rings and a slice of lime. Best with Kerala Rice.
Chef says: It is always better to add freshly crushed peppercorns than ready-made pepper powder. Try and feel the difference.