December 27, 2006

Salmon feast!

The last few days of the holidays just whizzed by. We were in Chicago visiting family and relatives. Enjoying the time with nieces and nephews, chatting late into the night, playing The Great Dalmuti and ofcourse eating and endless cups of chai and coffee were just some of the things we did over the last week. Blogging, unfortunately, took a backseat.

But I am back with two salmon recipes. I didn't like salmon when I first tasted it. But have grown to like it over a period of time and these two are my favorite ways of cooking it. One is a curry with tangy tomato and onion paste while the other is a crispy shallow fry.

Salmon Fry
Serves 2-4
I usually marinate the salmon for upto 2 hours before frying. It gives it a great taste.

4 salmon portion pieces
2 garlic cloves - paste
1/4 tspoon turmeric powder
1/4 tspoon red chilli powder
1/2 tspoon lime juice
3 tbspoon cream of wheat or rava
Salt to taste

Marinate the salmon with turmeric, chilli powder, garlic paste, lime juice.
Heat a non-stick pan with a few drops of olive oil, spread the cream of wheat on the salmon generously and shallow fry it for 6-8 minutes on medium heat each side till flakes easily.
Serve warm with roti or naan. It makes a great wrap with fresh cucumber and onions!

Salmon Fish Curry

Serves 2-4
4-6 salmon pieces
1 medium onion - chopped
2 garlic cloves - paste
1" ginger - paste
2 medium tomato - chopped
1/4 tspoon mustard seeds
1/4 tspoon cumin seeds
1/2 tspoon turmeric powder
1/2 tspoon coriander powder
1/2 tspoon cumin seed powder
1/2 tspoon garam masala powder
1 small cinnamon stick
2 cloves
2 red chillies
1 tbspoon olive oil
1/3 cup water
salt to taste
cilantro to garnish

Use 1/4 tspoon turmeric powder and salt and mix it well with the fish. Set it aside for 30 min.
Heat half the oil in a wide bottomed pan and shallow fry the salmon pieces. Set it aside on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
Now put cinnamon, clove in the same oil. Then add the ginger, garlic and saute for a couple of minutes. Add in the onions and stir for a couple of minutes. It shouldn't turn brown. Now add the tomatoes and cook on closed lid for a couple of minutes. Cool this mix and puree it to a fine paste.
Add the rest of the oil in the pan and temper with cumin, mustard seeds and red chillis.
Add the paste into the pan and cook it on medium heat for 8-9 minutes or until the oil leaves the sides.
Add in the cumin and coriander powder, turmeric and chilli powder, garam masala and salt and water. Cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
Add in the salmon pieces and cook for a couple of minutes till you get a thick curry.
Serve warm with steamed rice.

Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year. Enjoy!


  1. Mandira,

    I have been looking for some new salmon recipes for a while. All I have dared to try is salmon with sorshe bata.... both your recpies look yummy. I can't wait to try them next time I get salmon.

  2. Looking forward to the step by step instructions to the making of the wrap [;)] no raita in the wrap??

  3. Mandira, both the dishes look delicious, Salmon takes getting used to I guess, now I use it regularly.

    Wishing you a Very Happy New Year!

  4. Mandira
    Even I am a bit apprehensive about Salmon, though D likes it and we have it off & on
    I liked the salmon fry a lot and definitely am going to try it next
    Happy New Year to you and Ashwin and the family

  5. Hey Mandira,

    Your recipes are interseting but, we don't eat sea food. Can I use the same kind of curry for making Chicken?

    Wish you a very Happy New Year!

    Love, Nidhi.

  6. sj - these are both easy and quick recipes. Do try and let me know how it turns out and I'll give sarse bata a try :)

    sqrl - step by step next time. raita or even mint chutney will taste good... or did we miss it the last time ;)

    ISG - Salmon does take getting used to. I didn't try salmon for several months after I first made it. Happy New Year to you too.

    Sandeepa - Yes, the salmon fry is also one of my favorite. It's crisp outside and soft and flaky inside. yummm... Happy New Year to you, and your loved ones.

    Nidhi - You can definitely substitute chicken for fish in the curry. Do let me know how it turns out.

  7. Wow! We love salmon(wild alaskan). We prefer it fried or grilled. Your recipes sound great.

  8. I don't dislike salmon but many people seem unable to cook it right (over-done... wrong sauce...). Your fish curry looks fantastic, and that salmon fry really done perfectly! I'd love to try your lovely recipes!
    Have a great new year!

  9. Happy New Year, Mandira.

  10. seasons Greetings! mandira, wishing you a happy new year:)

  11. Mandira both fry and curry salmon looks delicious...I like the fried one more :)

  12. great improv using cream of wheat instead of cornstarch or other whites :) luv all the spices used for the salmon recipe, thx for sharing :)

  13. Salmon is one of my favorite foods--so thank you for that. Have a great New Year's Eve--and I'm looking forward to the next year and lots of wonderful posts!!!

  14. Hi Mandira,Wish you and your family a Very Happy and Prosperous New year 2007!

  15. RP - Thanks. Grilled Salmon is next on my list of recipes to try.

    Gattina - Thank you. Do try and let me know how it turns out. Happy new year to you too.

    Sailaja, Lera- Best wishes for the New year to you and your family.

    Sri - The fried salmon is delicious. It is crisp on the outside with the rava and tender and juicy on the inside. Are you drooling yet :)

    Melting Wok - Thanks. It gave a nice texture and crispness to the fried salmon. Do try when you get a chance.

    Sher- Thank you for your wishes. We had a fun evening. Here's to a wonderful year ahead!

    Vini K - Happy New Year to you and your family!

  16. Thank you for this amazing post. I have bookmarked it.


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