Living along the sea coast has its advantages. One of them being regular availability of freshly caught sea food, especially fish. Today I bought Vanjaram (spotted seer fish) and prepared a simple roast with minimal spices. Nehal and Satish relish it and so do I. There are few things I love more than a nicely roasted fish, hot off the pan.
You can explore with different spices but go slow on the amount of spices you’d add to the marinade. You wouldn’t want the spices to overpower the flavor of fish. I have avoided garam masala but a pinch can be added. Do not omit lemon since its the key to the bright flavor of fish roast.
Vanjaram Vepudu Recipe
Prep: 6-7 mts, Marination: 20-30 mts, Cooking Time: 22-25 mts
Serves 4 persons
8-9 medium sized fish fillet, washed
1 1/2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
juice of one lemon
pinch cumin pwd
large pinch coriander powder
pinch turmeric pwd
1 1/2 tsps red chilli pwd
salt to taste
1 1/4 tbsps oil
few curry leaves
1 Combine ginger garlic paste, lemon juice, salt, red chilli pwd, turmeric pwd, cumin pwd and coriander pwd in a flat dish. Apply this marinade lightly to the fish pieces and keep aside for 20-30 mts.
2 Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add few curry leaves, place the marinated fish and fry for 14-15 mts on low to medium flame.
3 Once its nicely browned, flip over gently to the other side and roast fish for another 10-12 mts till browned.
4 Serve hot with onion rings and lemon wedges.