Fried Surmai Fish With Surmai Chinchoni#FishFriday

This is without coconut and oil. In this recipe the 'chinch' or the sourness comes from tamarind. This is tangy and lightly spicy curry. This can be had with steamed rice or Hand Breads (Apas) -East Indian.

I had purchased a small seer/surmai fish, cut two slices of the fish for frying and remaining used to make a curry.
Serves 2

3 -4 Pieces Seer Fish / Surmai
500 ml water
1 Teaspoon Salt
2 Teaspoons Tamarind paste

For the Masala Paste 
8 - 9 Dried Red Kashmiri chillies
5 Big Cloves Garlic - roughly chopped
1 Teaspoon Heaped Cumin seeds
1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
2 Teaspoons Rice - washed
For the Fried Fish
2 Slices Seer Fish / Surmai
2 Tablespoons Of The above ground masala
Salt to taste
1 Tablespoon Lemon juice
Oil as required for frying
Soak red chillies in hot water for 1 hour. Drain and grind with remaining masala ingredients to a smooth consistency, gradually adding 3-4 tablespoons of water, or as required.

Wash fish and set aside to drain. 
In a pan or mud vessel (which we East Indians call it a treezal), add the ground masala, tamarind paste, water and over low flame, let this boil for 10 to 15 minutes. 
Adjust the consistency of the gravy and sourness accordingly, then only add the fish. After 15 minutes add fish and bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 7 - 8 minutes or until the fish is cooked. Serve hot with steamed rice and the fried fish.

For the Fried Fish
Wash and pat dry the slices of fish and then mix the salt and lemon juice to the ground masala. Apply this well to the fish and keep it aside for 15 minutes. Then fry it in a cast iron pan with a tablespoon or two of oil, till done on both sides. 
Labels: Chinchoni, East Indian, Seafood/Fish, Curry, Oil Free, Tamarind, Main course, Seer Fish , Surmai
Fish Friday Foodies - November 2021 
Today we are sharing favorite recipes for Seasonal Fish and Seafood.

A Day in the Life on the Farm: Bay Scallop Chowder
Sneha’s Recipe: Fried Surmai Fish With Surmai Chinchoni
Palatable Pastime: Pan Fried Oysters
Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Roasted Salmon Over Sage-Scented Stuffing with a Cranberry Relish
Karen’s Kitchen Stories: Stir-Fried Scallops and Broccoli 
Sneha's Recipe
Sneha's Recipe

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  1. I see that surmai is related to king mackeral. When I was sport fishing in Florida several years ago I caught a king mackeral. We enjoyed 2 meals for 4 from it. It was so delicious.

  2. This sounds delicious. That paste would spice up any fish dish.