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Surmai (King Mackerel) Fry: Konkani Recipe

I have been wanting to make Fish Fry ever since I tried the Surmai Fry at the rural products exhibition a couple of weeks back. Strangely, no one at home has ever cooked fish at home before and I had no clue how to go select/cut/clean/cook fish!

Luckily, there is quite a big fish market a stone throw away from my home and I could find really fresh fish there. The fisher-woman was kind enough to cut and clean the fish for me. In the end all I had to do was marinate the fish and fry it!

After researching a bit, I decided to go with this Konkani Fish Fry recipe. It seemed a little spicy for my taste so I adjusted the proportions a little. It only took me 20 minutes and the fish turned out great too!




1 medium Surmai (King Mackerel)

8 cloves of Garlic

1 tbsp Red Chili Powder

2 tbsp Tamarind Paste*

1/8 tsp Turmeric Powder

Salt ti taste (I added 1/2 tsp)

About 3 tbsp Suji (Semolina)

Oil for frying

20140202-134402.jpg1. Rinse the cut fish well and set aside.

20140202-134420.jpg2. In a small bowl, mix together the tamarind paste, red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt to make a spicy paste.

20140202-134437.jpg3. Coat each of the fish pieces with the spicy paste. Put the fish in the refrigerator and let it marinate for 15-20 minutes.

4. Once the fish has marinated, heat about 2 tbsp oil in a shallow pan on medium flame.

20140202-134454.jpg5. Roll each piece of fish in the suji and then drop it in the hot oil. (You might have to add more oil as each piece will absorb some.)

20140202-134506.jpg20140202-134534.jpg6. Fry the fish for about 3 minutes on each side. Once a piece is golden brown, remove it from the oil and on to a tissue paper. Serve hot.

*Tamarind Paste


Handful of Tamarind Pulp

2-3 tbsp Water



Soak a handful of tamarind pulp in 2-3 tbsp of lukewarm water for about 15 minutes. Mash the tamarind a little and then strain to get tamarind paste.

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Of Kombdi Vade And Surmai Fry

Dinner this evening was a very interesting affair. After a long and tiring (but productive!) work day, I landed up at Bandra Reclamation to check out the Mahalaxmi Saras exhibition and grab some amazing food.

This Mahalaxmi Saras exhibition is a handicraft and rural products exhibition that takes place every year around January. The handicrafts make for great purchases. But what is more interesting about this exhibition (at least for me) is that, in the food court, there are villagers from different parts of the state selling their traditional home food.

There is everything from Zunka Bhakar to Fried Crabs to Puran Poli. And it is all really tasty! Here are some photos from my visit.

20140123-231021.jpgFish fryKombdi vadeKombdi Vade (Chicken curry with Fried Bread). The green chutney on the side was really good too!

20140123-231036.jpgBhakri (typical Maharashtrian bread) and Methi Sabzi

20140123-231028.jpgSurmai Fry (Fried King Mackerel)

Puran PoliMonster-sized Puran Poli (I didn’t have the heart to have this one for dinner!)

The exhibition is on till 27th January. If you live in Mumbai, I urge you to drop by and grab a bite here.

P.S. There are also some stalls selling authentic masalas for chicken, mutton and vegetables if you would like to try making some of this stuff at home 🙂

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