Karnataka Style Mackerel Fry | Bangada Fry | Rava Fish Fry

Karnataka style Mackerel fry

Recipe adapted from : Flavors of India
Karnataka style semolina coated Mackerel fry.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Serves: 3 to 4

  1. Mackerel,cleaned- 1/2 Kg( 7 to 8 small)
  2. Kashmiri red chili(whole)-7 to 8 nos(or to taste)
  3. Coriander seeds- 1 tbsp
  4. Fenugreek seeds-1/8 tsp
  5. Tamarind pulp-1/8 tsp( or to taste – see notes)
  6. Garlic-3 to 4 large cloves
  7. Water-as required
  8. Salt-to taste
  9. Semolina / Rava-1/4 cup ( or as required)
  10. Curry leaves- 2 sprigs( optional)
  11. Oil-For shallow frying


  • Make deep gashes on both sides of the fish.
  • In a blender combine together Kashmiri red chili,coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds,tamarind pulp,garlic,salt to taste and required amount of water.Grind to form a thick and smooth paste.Marinate the fish with this masala. Keep aside for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan,add curry leaves. Lightly coat the marinated fish with semolina / rava and place it over the curry leaves.Shallow fry until it turns crispy and brown on both the sides,turning once in between.
  • Serve with rice.

    • I used 1 tsp vinegar instead of tamarind pulp.
    • Make sure the fish is just lightly coated with semolina/rava.

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    nandoos kitchen
    February 18, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    tasty fish fry

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    February 18, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    looks mouthwatering n delicious fish fry…….awesome clicks..

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    February 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Very tasty i have had this.. they are not very spicy compared to Kerala fry..

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    Vimitha Durai
    February 18, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Super duper color and yummy fry

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    July 2, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    thank You

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