Feast on fish this festive season!
Explore these unique fish recipes to uncover a sea of flavours just waiting to delight your taste buds
Few dishes celebrate the rich tapestry of regional culinary diversity quite like fish does. From the fragrant fish curries of our hometown to smoky contemporary fusions, fish has found its way into the hearts – and palates – of Indians from far and wide. With fish being an irreplaceable part of the upcoming Durga Puja festivities, there's no better time to explore these six exquisite fishy delights!
Fish steamed in banana leaf
Steaming fish wrapped in banana leaves allows it to gently cook in its own juices while absorbing the delicate flavours of the leaf. Fish prepared this way is usually marinated in a fine paste of lemon juice, coconut, coriander leaves, garlic, cumin seeds, and chilli, resulting in a refreshing and aromatic flavour profile.
This simple and elegant European-style dish showcases just how versatile salmon can be. It can be baked with a variety of seasonings such as lemon, dill, garlic, and olive oil. The result? A melt-in-your-mouth masterpiece that’s as healthy as it is delicious! Make it a complete meal by serving your baked salmon alongside a fresh salad or creamy mashed potatoes.
Apollo fish is an Indo-Chinese fusion delicacy, best experienced in Hyderabad. Crispy fried fish chunks are enjoyed with a tangy sauce made from cornflour, ginger, garlic, green chillies, and soy sauce. The inclusion of curry leaves and diced bell peppers adds an aromatic and colourful dimension to the dish. Apollo fish offers an enticing blend of flavours, ideal for those seeking a fiery and savoury culinary adventure.
This Andhra-style fish curry features tamarind as its star ingredient, which lends the dish its signature lip-smacking sourness. The spices are carefully balanced to create a medley of flavours that will guarantee to get your taste buds singing! Served with steamed rice, fish pulusu is a must-try for anyone seeking an authentic South Indian culinary experience.
Tandoori fish tikka
Tandoori fish tikka offers a spicy and succulent take on fish. Marinate fish fillets in a mixture of yoghurt, ginger, garlic, and an array of spices such as cumin, coriander, and garam masala. Grill the fish to perfection in a traditional clay oven, and serve with refreshing mint chutney along with a side of naan bread.
Fish curry with coconut milk
This timeless favourite is a testament to the rich and diverse coastal flavours of South India, where seafood is a dietary staple. It combines tender fish chunks with a luscious coconut milk gravy infused with a medley of aromatic spices. Tamarind adds a tangy twist, while curry leaves and mustard seeds provide the finishing touch. When paired with steamed white rice, it creates the ultimate comfort food experience!
How do you prefer to cook your fish – with bold and spicy flavours or a subtle and delicate touch? Give these dishes a try and comment below which one you like most.