Fish is a very regional cuisine in India. India's many rivers, ponds and the surrounding oceans provide it with an continuous supply of rich seafood. Fish is eaten in North India, East India and along the Eastern and Western Coasts. An interesting study is that of the cultural effects on fish preparation throughout the country.
North and Eastern Indians eat mostly river fish, which is bonier than ocean fish and other people on the coasts eat sea fish. Fish are increasingly being reared in farms by some enterprising businessmen to satisfy the demands of a increasing and much more wealthy middle class. This practice has increased the efficiency and lowered the prices of fish production and consumption and has brought fish to the tables of many Indians.
The recipe that I am about to show you is a very simple fish fry that most men may make to eat with their drinks at night while they are hanging out with their friends or watching TV. So it is very basic and rustic.
Use Smaller Whole fish or filets
Mustard Cooking Oil
Red Chilli Powder
First it is time to make the marinade. Finally chop up the ginger and garlic (you can even use pastes) into a bowl and add a generous helping of turmeric powder, a little bit of red chilli powder and salt to taste along with some mustard oil. Add fish to the mixture and coat both sides and leave to marinate for about an hour.
Heat up some mustard oil in a non stick pan and wait for the oil to get nice and hot. Then, gently place the fish in the hot oil and cook for about 5 minutes until the fish starts flaking or the skin starts coming off. Flip the fish being careful not to break it. Cook on the other side for the same amount of time. When it is done, remove the fish on to some kitchen paper.
This fish is best enjoyed at night with some drinks and boisterous company. Deliciousness is known to increase with sports on the television and copious amounts of spirits.