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Fish fry with green masala

My brother and sis-in-law live in Bangalore. While chatting with them last week, SIL said she was preparing the fish fry. So I asked them to prepare the green-fry and click some pictures for me. At my native, Aayi prepares two types of fries. One with normal masala and the other is green-fry.

I think the green-fry originated from “Pathrani machi” (fish with green masala wrapped in banana leaves). But shallow frying gives this dish a very different taste. Try this and I am sure you all would love this.

Pomfret is used for the fry while clicking the pictures. This fry usually goes well with river fishes (fishes that have many scales). But it was equally good with Pomfret also. I do not think Mackeral (Bangada) would go well for this.

4-5 fish pieces
1″ ginger piece
3-4 garlic cloves
3-4 green chilies
3-4 strands coriander leaves
1/2 cup sooji(rava)
1/4 tea spn tamarind extract (or 1 tea spn thick juice of tamarind)

Rashmi used few Pudina(Mint) leaves along with coriander leaves and it tasted simply superb.

Make a paste of coriander leaves, green chilies, tamarind, ginger, garlic and salt without adding much water. Apply this paste to fish pieces and leave it for around 30mins.
Roll the fish in sooji and shallow fry on tava.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 15mins (excluding marination time)

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  • Prithvi Pai November 7, 2006, 11:14 am

    Hi Shilpa:

    I am a frequent visitor of your blog and I love all your recipes. Do you have a recipe for Sol Kadi? I used to enjoy drinking it when ever we went to Goa and mom also prepared birindi saaru at home. I found kokum in Indianstore the other day. So I thought you would be the best peron to help me. Thanks and keep up the good work.

  • Shilpa November 7, 2006, 11:20 am

    Prithvi, Sola kadi as well as birnda kadi are there on this site. Have a look at “non-alcoholic drinks” category and you will find it easily.

  • Monisha November 7, 2006, 3:37 pm

    Hi Shilpa – the fish looks absolutely delicious, thanks for the tip about shallow frying the fish in sooji, will have to remember that!

  • lakshmi November 7, 2006, 4:41 pm

    very nice recipe Shilpa. That fish fry looks so yummy, will try it even the paneer chilli recipe

  • shaheen November 7, 2006, 7:54 pm

    Had to let u know.. I made ur fried whole gherkins yesterday and was amazed to see the change in taste.like it a lot..(also easier than cutiing it up:)) Thanks!
    I make green masala similarly but add oil in the marinade and grill it.its there in my blog posted a long time back.

  • Sumitha Shibu November 8, 2006, 5:36 am

    Never tried frying fish marinated with green masala,must definetly taste delicious!

  • Anupama November 8, 2006, 7:00 am

    Hi Shilpa, Came to your blog looking for a prawn recipe and was delighted to read that prawns is your favourite too. I liked your Prawns curry(sungta ambat) and am going to make it on friday evening. Will let you know how it turned out.

  • Deepa November 9, 2006, 9:29 am

    hmm..never tried fish fry with green masala will try it when i get pompret next time….

  • Ashish Joshi November 9, 2006, 10:25 am

    Dear friend,
    I totally agree with your response to the people who copy from the genuine blogs and publish on thier own without recognising the original author.
    I am an avid follower of your website as well few others.(..thecookscottage..is my other favourite).

    After reading this Fish fry recipe, i would request a recipe I am lookingfor since long time.
    This is a Konkani/ Malwani dish…it is a ‘Surmai’ fried fish ,very delicate mild flavoured dish…I used to enjoy in a very small retaurant in Virar(east)…I think it was called Sai-Vihar or something like that.
    The lady used to serve this with Veg-biryani and Sol-kadi to go with it.
    If by any chance you know the recipe I am looking for please post it on your Blog or e-mail me .
    Thanking you in advance …best regds…Ashish

  • Shilpa November 9, 2006, 11:27 am

    Ashish, I think the recipe you are looking for is fish fry with red masala. You can make it with Surmai (king fish) also. Usually in restaurants they deep fry it, but I prefer the shallow fried version. Have a look and let me know if this is the recipe you were looking for.

  • Ashish Joshi November 10, 2006, 2:08 am

    Thanks Shilpa,
    You are right , it was shallow fried as it had that nice steam cooked texture and no typical restauranty oily look…..
    ( To give credit to the Virar lady… she used to serve typical home made dishes…I understand she was a qualified chef…the business was her hobby.)

    ..do you think I will get a similar fish in UK /Ireland.

    ..thanks again.

  • kanchan November 19, 2006, 2:06 pm

    where do we get good freshly peeled prawns ,and pomfrets in San Jose ?

  • Lalita January 1, 2007, 5:05 pm

    You’ll find all types of prawns and pomfrets in a oriental grocery market called Ranch 99, it’s in the Freemont area and there’s also one in Berkeley.

  • shellz June 14, 2007, 3:32 am

    hi shilpa,
    tried ur recipe of fish fry in green masala it was yum….but did some small changes & the result was good…instead of tamarind juice & sooji added Vinegar,& fried in Bread crumb.

  • vrishali January 10, 2008, 4:11 am

    why do we add tamarind in this? can it be prepared without tamrind?

    Shilpa: Yes, you can ignore tamarind, if you don’t want to add it.

  • Prashant June 17, 2008, 6:15 am

    just too add a little extra. whil shallow frying cover the fish with bananna leaves & try the taste it’s really awesome.

    I loves fishes…

  • RAMIZAMA August 30, 2008, 6:32 am

    wenever u got a all new recipe pls send me by email

  • Mamta October 3, 2009, 5:21 am

    how i know that fish is fresh

  • Monica December 19, 2009, 4:52 am


    Check the gills of a fish… I do so atleast with pomfret.. and press them a little. you should get a white coloured liquid coming out of it. if it turns pink/blood red… then fish is stale. moreover.. if u r buying cut pieces of fish… it shud look white/pink and not pale yellow.

  • Y Kodkani February 12, 2010, 11:12 am


    Try Shilpa’s fish fry with red masala with Tilapia. It tastes good.


  • Orin February 16, 2010, 3:28 am

    Seems healthy fish recipe!

  • swapna November 21, 2010, 10:39 am

    Dear Shilpa,

    These days i have started cooking and tries some recipies from your site.it’s just wonderful.

    Today i made this fish in green masala. I excluded tamarind and added some onion paste. It was very nice.

    Thanks for these wonderful recepies.


  • Purnima January 15, 2011, 6:24 am

    Shilpa, tried this masala on pomfret, the daughter n hubby liked it absolutely, n yes..the punch wt pudina was just chatkedaar!
    Thanks for this keeper recipe!

  • Sunil November 15, 2011, 5:01 am

    Hi Shilpa, I had just about given up on trying to cook fish the way my mom used to back in Mlore, thanks to your recipes i am back in the kitchen when i find time. keep up the good work.

  • VinithaPrasanth May 30, 2012, 1:51 am

    Superb receipie. It came out really nice.

  • sonu July 22, 2013, 1:51 pm

    Hi dear,
    M a goan married to a kashmiri.here we dnt get the same fishes like surmai,promplet,bangdaa.etc.we get river water fishes.i want to ask u will it be fine to cook with kokum.pls reply me soon.m waiting.the pic has made me hungry.yummmmmmyyyy.

    • Shilpa July 23, 2013, 9:13 am

      Yes, you can use kokum

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