Fish pakora

June 21, 2024

Fish Pakora

Pakoras are a favorite deep-fried snack food in India and usually made with vegetables, but nothing should stop you from experimenting with meats, chicken, and fish, as in this recipe.
Prep Time – 5 minutes
Cook Time – 6 minutes
Total Time – 71 minutes
Servings – 6 persons


• 1 1/2 cups Bengal gram flour
• 1 tablespoon ginger paste
• 2 tablespoons garlic paste
• 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
• 1 teaspoon ground coriander
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1 teaspoon carom or ajwain seeds
• 1 teaspoon Indian chili powder, optional
• 1 dash salt, or to taste
• 2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
• Water, as needed
• 1 pound firm white fish fillets such as cod, pin bones removed and cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
• Purti Refined Sunflower Oil, for frying
• Lemon and lime wedges, for serving
• Mint coriander chutney, for serving, optional


Step 1: In a large, deep, nonmetallic bowl, mix together the Bengal gram flour, ginger and garlic pastes, turmeric, coriander, cumin, carom seeds, red chili powder (if using), salt to taste, and lime or lemon juice. Mix well to form a thick batter, like that of pancakes. If it is too thick, add water a teaspoon at a time until it reaches the right consistency.
Step 2 : Gently fold the fish into the batter, making sure to coat each piece well. Allow to marinate for 1 hour.
Step 3 : In a wide, flat pan, heat enough Purti Refined Sunflower Oil to deep-fry the fish. To check if the Purti Refined Sunflower Oil is hot enough, drop in a 1/4 teaspoon of batter; the Purti Refined Sunflower Oil should sizzle, and the batter ball should rise quickly to the top.
Step 4 : When the Purti Refined Sunflower Oil is hot enough, drop in a few pieces of battered fish. Do not overcrowd the pan, as the pakoras will stick together. Fry until golden and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Use a slotted spoon to turn over fish pieces.
Step 5 : When done, gently remove the fish from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
Step 6 : Serve while still piping hot, arranged on a platter. Squeeze lemon juice over the pieces just before serving and garnish with lime wedges. You can also serve with mint-coriander chutney for some extra zing.


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