Recipes - Fish Masala Fry


½ kg fish of your choice ( king fish, lady fish, pomfrets ,mackerels)

2 tsp. bafat powder or  ½ tsp. chilly powder

¼ tsp. turmeric

2 tbsp. lime juice

1 onion finely chopped

3 tbsp. oil

Few curry leaves

Salt as per taste


Masala ingredients: (To grind)

6 kashmiri chillies

1 tsp. cumin

1 small onion

2 flakes garlic

1 small tomato

1 tbsp. vinegar



Cut, clean fish and set aside. Mix bafat/chilly powder, turmeric, lime juice and little salt into a paste with little water if required.  Apply this paste on the fish and set aside for about 30 minutes.  In a non stick pan  heat 1 tbsp. of oil and shallow fry the fish  on both the sides till light brown and set aside.


Grind the masala ingredients into a fine paste.  Heat 2 tbsp. of oil in a heavy bottomed pan.  Fry finely chopped onion with curry leaves till pink.  Add the ground masala and fry till you a get good aroma and oil separates from masala. Add salt as per your taste.  Place the  fried fish over the masala in the pan and coat the fish gently with the fried masala. Cook on slow fire for 5 minutes.


Serve hot with steamed rice and dal of your choice.


Comment on this article

  • Daphne Castelino, Puttur / Dubai

    Thu, Mar 05 2020

    I was searching for something new to do with pomfret and found this WOW recipe. Easy and delicious. Thank you for the wonderful recipe. God bless.

  • Anitha, Attur

    Sun, Aug 21 2016

    Excellent,mouth watering,,Wow, what a recipe…i tried it. came out delicious. thanks

  • Swati, Bangalore

    Fri, Mar 11 2016

    I have always marinated with curd but after reading your recipe tried with lemon and it came out very well. Thanks for sharing this recipe, love it...


  • Rajesh, Naik

    Thu, Oct 15 2015

    Try the same adding the oil with which the fish was fried in and less onions

  • irene, mumbai

    Sun, May 10 2015

    Excellent,mouth watering,very very gud.Easy 2 prepare.Thanx

  • Savita Coelho, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 12 2015

    Wow, what a recipe… I had made it for dinner yesterday and it turned out to be very very tasty. I loved it… an extra recipe in my diary of recipes with a 5 star mark… Thanks a lot of sharing.

  • Lovely Nazareth, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 13 2015

    Nice recipe. My husband loved it very much. thankyou so much

  • Flavi, Bangalore

    Tue, Aug 05 2014

    Awesome recipe. Keep Posting many more

  • Satish, Karkala

    Sat, Jun 14 2014

    Very nice

  • Roopa Dsouza Suares, Udupi/Mumbai

    Tue, May 27 2014

    Awesome recipe.loved it.


    Sat, Dec 28 2013

    Awesome recipe...really i family loved it......thanks u very much

  • simple, Bangalore

    Thu, Sep 26 2013

    In Mangalore to apply for fish before frying they make "MeetMirsang" (salt\chiily paste)
    Can someone detail the method and quantity of each ingredient used for preparing this?

    I want to make say half kilo of that and store it instead of making every time.

  • simple, Bangalore

    Thu, Sep 26 2013

    Lizzie Saldanha, Valencia, USA

    Kerai\Karai most probably means constipation (We also say "Garmi")
    I hope I am right

  • RIta, Germany

    Wed, Aug 28 2013

    Dear Lissi,USA,voikar is flatules,like gas filling in Abdomen,due to onion ,Pulses beans etc.then you use Hing(asoefetida).karai is due to eating heavy oiled Food stuffs like dryfish such as shark,bamboo shoots,hot pickels.due to hot pickels kidney has to putout extra pungent stuffs salt,body suffers and you too.relief is with more green vegetables, salat,drink more fluids.(you can call it lack of fluids,digesting slowly).


    Sun, Aug 25 2013

    WOW YAMM...

  • Lizzie Saldanha, Valencia/USA

    Fri, Aug 23 2013

    Instead of lemon Juice try vinegar, also u can add some Inng,specially fish like Mackerels, King fish, any fish that is kerai (vayker) for u, (can some one translate this word, kerai,) sorry about this, for fried fish I just use Bafat powder, vinegar, Ing & salt,mix well, simple, leftover u can save it in the fridge. That's the way I do it, after frying the fish,left over oil,same pan, u can fry a sliced big onion to go with the fish,on the side,I make a salad to go with it, One large red or yellow onion, thinly sliced, vinegar to taste, medium size ginger thinly sliced the smaller the better, 2 or 3 dried red peppers (if u want spicy u can add more)crushed to small pieces, I use my hand to crush & mix well, nothing like ur hand to mix it,& salt, keep it in the fridge, when the fried fish is ready to eat top it on fish, or on the side, that's the way we like it, its ur choice.If u like it enjoy!

  • babitha, Farangipet/Dubai

    Sun, Aug 18 2013

    This is my favorite recipe!I tried this many times and it came out very nice!

  • Samu, bangalore

    Tue, Aug 06 2013

    One small onion is for both grinding and sautéing?

  • Anil, Kottayam

    Sun, Aug 04 2013


  • Venus D'Souza, Mangalore/Dubai

    Mon, May 20 2013

    I was googling out Fish Masala Fry recipe and found this one! I will surely try it today. Thanks Muriel.


    Thu, May 09 2013

    wonderful recipe ... i tried couple of times and it never change the taste. as my fav. dish i used to make it regularly . thanks !!

  • Sylvia, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Sat, Mar 02 2013

    Tried and loved it.

  • Azoo, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 02 2011

    Nice n interesting

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