My best friend recommended smelts. She told me that they can be substituted for crispy fried mandeli that we get in Mumbai. I finally could find smelts. They indeed taste great.
Today's fish fry is per CKP style. That means along with usual turmeric, chili powder, fish is also marinated with a green paste of green chili, cilantro, ginger & garlic.
salt to taste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/ 4 tsp asafetida
1/2 tsp chili powder
Grind to a fine paste
2 tbsp. cilantro
3-4 green chilies (or per desired heat)
2-3 cloves garlic
2 tbsp. fine rawa
Oil for frying
1. Marinate fish with spices and green paste
2. Heat oil in a tawa /pan.
3. Dredge marinated fish in rawa and pan fry till crispy.
4. Drain on a kitchen paper towel.
1. Any fish can be fried "CKP" style by adding the green paste.