For someone who loves lean fishes like Basa, Salmon, Tuna, etc., this curry turned out to be a blessing, Cooked by Mr. Husband and bought to the table when I was struggling with PMS, the Basa Fish curry was a treat to my aching tummy. 😛
We have always loved eating basa as it comes. Pouring a little butter in the pan and searing the fillets with butter and dried herbs of choice. Basa has always been a fish that we eat with the simplest of marinations. However, this time Mr. Husband thought of bring something extra special to the table. His eyes were gleaming when he narrated the recipe to me while I was at the top of my mood swings. Trust me, the recipe clamed down the monster in me that day.
There are a number of varieties available online for Basa Fish Curry. There are plety of Bengali recipes that are yummy to the core, perfect South Indian (Kerala style) Basa Fish curry recipes that can make anyone fall in love with humble Basa. This one, however, carries a spectacular North Indian flavour with the tang from tomatoes and flavours of a fish tikka gravy.
Hungry, now? Let’s dive into the recipe.
Basa Fish Curry (Basa Fillets Cooked in Indian Gravy)
Try this super tasty and simple to make basa fish curry at home. It tastes just like a saalan.
- 1 kg Basa Fish (Cut into fillets)
- 1 tbsp Turmeric
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
- 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
For Shallow Fish Fry
- 3 tbsp Cooking oil (any oil of your choice)
- 2-3 tsp Cooking oil
- 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
- 1 tsp Fenugreek seeds
- 10-12 Curry Leaves
- 3 Slit Green Chillies
- 4 Medium-sized Onions (Chopped)
- 3 Large Tomatoes (Chopped)
- 1 tbsp Ginger Gralic Paste
- 2 tsp Garam Masala Powder
- 2 tsp Coriander Powder
- 1 tbsp Red Chili Powder
- 1 tsp Turmeric
- 2 tsp Coriander Leaves (Washed and Chopped)
Marinating the Fish Fillets
Marinate the fish fillets in turmeric, salt, lemon juice, and Ginger Garlic paste
Leave the marinated fish aside for 15- 20 minutes
For the Shallow Fish Fry
Start by pouring cooking oil of your choice in a wide non-stick pan
Once the oil is hot, start putting the marinated basa fish fillets one by one
Cook the fillet or 2 minutes, each side
Drain the excess oil on a kitchen towel or a layer of tissue paper
Keep these aside and start working on the curry
For the Fish Fillet Gravy
Save the oil you used to shallow fried the fillets and use the same for making the gravy
Start by tempering cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, slit green chillies and curry leaves
Let them splutter and add the onions
Cook the onions till they are transluscent and pink
Add the ginger-garlic paste and cook till the raw smell disappears
Add the chopped tomatoes now and cook till nice and mushy
The trick to cooking the masala lies in cooking the tomatoes until you notice oil leaving the sides of the mix
Once you notice oil leaving tfrom the sides, it is time to add the masalas
Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, and garam masala
Cook till the masala cooks and you notice the gravy forming
Add a little water (just a little) and cook the masalas further more by covering the pan with the lid
You can now add your shallow fried fish fillets and cook for nothing more than a minute
Since basa is a lean fish, it cooks real quick and starts breaking when overcooked (Do not overcook the fish and remove it from the stovetop)
Sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or chapatis
Didn’t you notice how simple the recipe was?
What are you waiting for? Go ahead and give the recipe a try. Don’t forget to let me know in case you try the recipe.
Go ahead and make this incredible version of Basa Fish Fillets Gravy for everyone you love!
Until my next recipe,
Keep devouring good food.
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