Fish amritsari

Fish amritsari

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Spice Kitchen
Serves
4
Photographer
Jana Liebenstein

In busy marketplaces in the Punjab, people queue up from lunchtime to midnight to savour this aromatic freshwater fish snack, a specialty of Amritsar. Add some sliced red onion, a squeeze of lemon juice, wrap it all in paper and you have your fish fix for the day! These crispy fish bites are ideal for cocktail snacks or as a starter to the main meal.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
500g firm white, such as snapper, mullet, ling or cod
vegetable or canola oil, for deep-frying
lemon wedges, to serve

Marinade

Quantity Ingredient
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon Ginger paste
1 tablespoon Garlic paste
1 teaspoon ajwaiin seeds
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
40g besan
3-4 drops tandoori colour, (optional) (see notes)
1/2-1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Method

  1. Cut the fish into 2.5 cm pieces and put in a shallow dish
  2. To marinate the fish, sprinkle the vinegar, ginger and garlic pastes, ajwaiin seeds, chilli powder, turmeric, white pepper, besan, tandoori colour, if using, and salt over the fish pieces and turn to coat them evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.
  3. Heat the oil in a wok or deep-fryer to 180°C. Deep-fry the fish, a few pieces at a time for about 7–8 minutes, or until crisp and cooked. Drain on kitchen towels and serve with lemon wedges.

Note:

  • Sprinkling the individual marinade ingredients over the fish one after another, rather than mixing all the marinade ingredients together before coating the fish, actually results in the ingredients mixing together better and coating the fish more evenly

    Tandoori colour is an Indian food colouring that has no taste. You can buy it in Indian grocery stores.
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