Sunday, April 19, 2015

Surmai Tawa Fry

As a child, when I first heard the song from Sadma - Surmayi akhiyon main, I was convinced, that Kamal Hasan was talking about the king fish which we call "Surmai" in Marathi!:-D
Every time, I make anything with Surmai - King fish , I think about my own folly and I chuckle!
Today, let's make Surmai Fry.
Surmai Tawa Fry
Fried King Fish
2 steaks Surmai/King fish
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp asafetida
1 tbsp. ginger-garlic paste
1 tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
2 tbsp. Semolina or (1 tbsp. semolina  + 1 tbsp. rice flour)
Oil for frying
1. Rinse surmai steaks.
2. Mix all the spices with lemon juice.
3. Apply on the steaks. Adjust seasoning as needed.
4. Set aside for 15 minutes.
5. Heat oil in a tawa/griddle.
6. Dredge steaks on the semolina or semolina+ rice flour mixture. Shake off excess.
7. Place in a single layer on the tawa.
8. Fry on medium flame.
9. Turn over and fry on the other side till it's crispy on both the sides.
10. Place on the kitchen towel to absorb excess oil
11. Serve with a lemon wedge.
Note -
1. Surmai or King fish is a fleshy fish. It needs more seasoning. So adjust ginger-garlic paste and chili powder accordingly
2. Instead of lemon juice, tamarind pulp or kokum pulp (Agol) can also be used.
3. Surmai steaks vary in size. I used the steaks on the smaller size.


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