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Indian restaurant style crispy fish pakora recipe is very easy to cook. The soft, crispy coating outside will surprise you as will the soft and tender fish inside. Fish is a low-fat high quality protein. Fish is filled with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins such as D and B2 (riboflavin). Fish is rich in calcium and phosphorus and a great source of minerals, such as iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium, and potassium.
1 tsp garam masala
½ tsp salt
Juice from ½ lime or lemon
1 tbsp ginger, grated
2 cloves garlic, pounded
1 chilli, finely chopped
100g gram flour, sieved
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp carom seeds (alternatively use cumin seeds)
1 tsp chilli powder
Handful coriander, chopped
Rapeseed oil for frying
Remove moisture from the fish by drying on kitchen paper.
Make up a marinade paste with the lime/lemon, salt, ginger, garlic, garam masala and chopped chilli. The marinade should be a dry paste.
Rub the marinade all over the fish and leave refrigerated for at least 30 minutes, but the longer the better.
Sieve the gram flour into a separate bowl and add carom seeds, salt, coriander, chilli powder, baking powder and a little water to make a thick batter. Beat to aerate the mixture.
Heat oil in a wok or karahi to a medium heat. (Note: if the oil is too hot the batter will cook too quickly and the fish will remain uncooked.)
Dip one of the marinated fish pieces into the batter to cover and very gently place in the hot oil. Leave to cook for about three minutes, use a slotted spoon to move the pakora around.
Once crisp and golden brown remove and set on some kitchen paper.
Taste to check the seasoning, adjust if required.
Continue to cook the rest in small batches.
Serve with salad and a wedge of lemon.
MARINADE: 30 minutes