Crispy fish fry with hot dal and rice is my all-time favorite comfort food. While I still miss Morula mach bhaja, tiny fish fried crisp, I have tried frying different fish- tilapia, salmon, haddock, and catfish among others.
Recently, I got catfish which looked more like chicken breast and I decided to change things a bit- you know, get out and shake things up. While marinating the fish, I added a little bit of saffron, and fried it crispy with some poppy seeds. Served over a bed of minty yogurt dip tempered with mustard it was delicious and aromatic. The crispy fish with minty dip, along with dal and rice spiced up our regular weekday meal.
How do you like your fried fish?
2-3 catfish fillets - take thicker pieces
2/3 tspoon turmeric
1/2 tspoon chilli powder
1/2 tspoon coriander powder
1/4 tspoon clove powder
few strands saffron
2-3 garlic cloves - paste
1 tbspoon poppy seeds
2 tbspoon oil
salt to taste
3-4 tbspoon yogurt
fresh mint paste
salt to taste
1/2 tspoon mustard
Marinate the fish with all the spices and garlic paste and let it soak the marinade for 4-5 hours.
Heat the oil in a pan. In the meantime, coat the fish with the poppy seeds and shallow fry the fish on medium heat 5-6 min or till it is crispy and done.
While the fish is frying, whip the yogurt and add the mint paste. Temper the mustard seeds and add it to the yogurt mix. Add salt to taste and mix it all together.
For serving, spoon a few spoons of yogurt dip and then add the fish on top and serve.
This is my entry for Weekend Herb Blogging #96, created by Kalyn and being hosted this week by Zorra of Kochtof.