Spicy Chettinad Fish fry recipe

Spicy Chettinad Fish Fry recipe

Spicy Chettinad Fish Fry, a delicious recipe from South Indian cuisine that you can serve as a side dish with your meals or just as a starter.
Spicy Chettinad Fish Fry Recipe is a delicious and spicy preparation of fish made in the Chettinad region of South India. Chettinad cuisine is known for spicy food which is made using freshly ground masalas.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish, Starters
Cuisine Indian


  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/4 th tsp pepper corns
  • 9-10 red chillies
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds/ powder
  • 1/4 th tsp garam masala
  • A pinch hing
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt as required
  • Oil for frying
  • Onion slices
  • Lemon wedges


  • To begin making the Chettinad Fish Fry Recipe, wash the fish thoroughly apply turmeric powder and keep it aside.
  • Heat a pan and add all the ingredients one be one. Add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, Add 1/2 tsp fennel seeds, Add 1/4 th tsp pepper corns, Add 9-10 red chillies, Add 5 garlic cloves, Add 1 tsp coriander seeds/ powder, Add 1/4 th tsp garam masala and hing, Add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and required salt
  • Dry roast and switch off. Cool down and grind to fine powder.
  • Transfer the prepared powder to a mixing bowl. add 2 tsp oil and little water and make a thick paste.
  • Apply the prepared paste on the fish generously. The masala paste will be in dark brown in color. Let the masala sit in for an hour.
  • After an hour heat a tawa, apply oil and fry the fishes in batches. Heat a side for 2-3 mins and flip over gently and fry till nice brown and crisp.
  • Once the fish is cooked transfer to a plate and serve as starter or a sidedish for rice. Garnish with lime juice. Serve with thinly sliced onions and lemon wedges.


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