Sindhi Masala Fried Fish

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This style of fried fish is quite popular in Sindh. It makes use of fish fillets coated with a spicy crust.
  • PREP TIME: 15 minutes
  • COOK TIME: 10 minutes
  • SERVINGS: 4 persons
Sindhi Masala Fried Fish


  • 1 – 2 fish, cleaned and cut into fillets (at least 4 large fillets or 8 small fillets)
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds (sabit dhaniya)
  • 2 teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoon plain flour (maida)
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric (haldi) powder
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 - 2 teaspoon garam masala – for garnish.
  • Vegetable oil to fry


  • 1. Grind coriander seeds (sabit dhaniya), fennel (saunf) and garlic cloves in a spice grinder. Alternatively, you can use a mortar and pestle or a rolling pin. Set aside.
  • 2. In a shallow plate, add the flour, turmeric (haldi), chili powder and the ground masala. Stir well with a fork.
  • 3. Place the fish fillets in the masala mix. Coat on both sides and then keep aside.
  • 4. Heat oil in a frying pan. The fish will be shallow fried so make sure there is about an inch of oil in the pan.
  • 5. Test the oil by dropping a little piece of fish and make sure it sizzles and turns brown.
  • 6. Carefully add the fish fillets and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side till it is cooked through. Be gentle when turning it over to make sure it doesn’t break.


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