I got introduced to this variety of fish by quite accident. Actually I was at my friend's place and one of her neighbor came with a bowl of these fish fries. We liked it very much and asked her about the marination. Next day hunting down for this variety in the fish market was my agenda. Was successful and made in 2 batches. Perfect for plain Dal-Chawal accompaniment or even for cocktail parties.
20-22 pieces, cleaned
Oil for deep frying
1 tsp Red Chilly powder
2.5 tbsp Ginger-Garlic paste
1 tsp Coriander powder
4 tbsp Cornflour
1 tsp Turmeric powder
60-70 gm Tamarind, soaked and pulp extracted
Salt to taste
I generally ask them to clean the fish for me for an additional Rs.20. But you need to clean the fish pieces under tap water as it has tons of sand. Keep aside for 10 minutes and let the excess water drained out.
Make a slurry-like marinade of the ginger-garlic paste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, tamarind pulp and salt. Now sprinkle some cornflour and coat well. Marinate the fish in this paste for 15-20 minutes.. Heat oil and deep fry till golden fry. Serve these tasty fish fry with fried onion rings.