This fish fry is so good. Easy to make too.
Have you ever tried a northern Indian fish fry? If not, it’s time you did.
If you are on a gluten free diet, this is a good one for you. Just don’t dust the fish with the plain (all purpose) flour. They don’t do that in India anyway.
How authentic is this recipe?
This Indian fish fry recipe has been changed from what I have tried in India. In northern India and Pakistan, it is often made with water instead of the ice cold lager. I like the flavour of a lager batter and the bubbles help make the batter crispy and light.
In many parts of India, alcohol is difficult to come by. In Pakistan only 3% of the population (the non-muslim population) are allowed to purchase alcohol with a permit.
So lager would not be used in this recipe but I like it and I don’t have such restrictions which I’m happy about. Cold water or, better yet sparkling water would be a good alternative for the batter.
Many authentic Indian fish fry recipes call for chaat masala and/or black salt. I love both but have left them out of this recipe do to the current crazy times we’re living in.
You can mix the batter ingredients, minus the lager (sparkling water) together a day or so ahead of time. You can also grind the cumin, cumin, ajwain, black pepper and salt mixture ahead of time too.
Everything else should be done right before you’re ready to cook.
Do I have to use gram (chickpea) and rice flour?
No. This recipe works well with plain (all purpose) flour but it will not be authentic.
Go for it! Also, feel free to adjust the spices. I know that not everyone will have ajwain on hand, for example. Leave it out if you must. You’ll still have an awesome fish fry!
Warning about ajwain.
I love a little ajwain and it is used a lot in northern Indian and Pakistani cooking.
The spice can quickly overpower a dish though. Also ajwain isn’t to everyones liking. Be sure to try some before adding it in this recipe. You might want to leave it out.
I hope you enjoy this Indian fish fry recipe. If you do give it a try, please don’t be a stranger. Leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you.