I’ve never been to Amritsar, but have heard a lot about this extremely popular street food- Amritsari Fish. This is a deep fried preparation, and has had many a guests of mine, raving! So the next time you have friends home, don’t go for the regular chicken fare for starters, try this!
I used this recipe from Indian food Forever. There are variations wrt time- I tend to marinade it longer. You can follow either of the recipes. There is another version, where the fish is marinated with all the ingredients for an hour and then deep fried. The below one is tried and tested though, and I can vouch for it! :)
For the marinade:
3 Fish fillets (Baramundi/Bhasa or any white fish fillet) – cut into squares
3/4 teaspoon Ginger-garlic Paste
1/2 teaspoon Red Chilly Powder or as per taste
4 teaspoons Lemon Juice
A few pinches of salt
Marinade the fish fillets in all the above mentioned ingredients. Set aside in the fridge for about 2 hours.
Make the batter just half an hour before you intend to fry the fish.
1 cup of gram flour/Besan
1/2 teaspoon of Ajwain seeds/Carom seeds
1/2 cup thick curd
1 whole egg
Salt to taste
Mix all the above ingredients and set aside
Take the fish out and dip in the batter for about 10-15 minutes and deep fry until golden brown. Drain on a kitchen towel.
Sprinkle Chaat masala and lemon juice.
( Apologies, for the lack of presentation. I had packed this for a potluck! Do remember to sprinkle Chat Masala and lemon juice before serving!)