Vanjaram Tava Fry (Seer fish fry)

1 Kilo Seer Fish
5 to 8 Tbsp Red Chilly Powder
1 Tbsp Pepper Powder
1 Tbsp Cumin Powder
1 Tbsp Turmeric Powder
2 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup 
1/3 Cup Vinegar 
1/2 Lime juice
Salt to taste
Oil for frying.

Lets Prepare:
  1. Wash the fish twice clean all the guts if any left in the fish squeeze lime juice and  little salt on the fish and wash the fish twice again drain all the water pat dry with a kitchen towel and reserve in a plate. if you do not have fresh lime at home then wash fish with vinegar and salt this way of cleaning helps to remove any fish smell.
  2. In a bowl add the chilly powder, turmeric powder, ketchup, pepper powder, salt and mix with only vinegar do not add water instead of vinegar you can add tamarind water.
  3. Apply the masala paste on the fish cover and marinate for 3 hours for best result allow to marinate for 5 hours in the fridge.
  4. Get the fish to room temp before frying.
  5. Heat a tava or any iron skillet add 4 tbsp of oil and shallow fry the fish till both sides turn golden brown in color. while cooking cook the fish on low flame and flip the fish real gentle to turn sides and roast till well done...Garnish with lime wedges and mint and serve with radish chutney...Enjoy...:)
Best served with hot sambar, rasam and steamed rice...i cant explain the taste simply super...:)

I've also done detail demo video on you tube do watch and enjoy...:)


  1. This looks yummy and I love the plate you shot it on!

  2. It looks delicious. I love the mix of spices, I'd love to try this soon.

  3. Thanks for the comment and link...sure do try this recipe...:)

  4. hey Vidya..
    i came across this recipe of urs when i was searching for some yum fish fry recipe on youtube, thanks i tried it out and fell in love with it :P
    am from Bangalore too, but live in the US.. and i am a big foodie and lovee to try new recipes all the time..
    from now on my a regular visitor on ur website..
    Good Luck! :)


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