February 16, 2011

Fish Fry with Red Hamour

I’ve been pretty lame this week, I know. My apologies. I’ll put in more efforts. Soon, I promise.

With that annotation, let me go straight to the recipe.

Fish fry recipes are as varied as the cuisine of a region to the cooks who make them. This recipe is quick, easy and very delicious. It can be made with any fleshy white whole fish or even fish fillets. I used whole baby hamour and it tasted awesome. The key is to fry with a generous amount of curry leaves.

Fish Fry with Red Hamour


500g whole hamour (2 baby hamours), scaled and dressed
2 teaspoon kashmiri chili powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
1 teaspoon dry chili flakes
1 teaspoon oil, plus more for shallow frying
2 tablespoon lemon juice
salt, to taste
water, as needed
handful curry leaves


Rinse the fish with lemon juice and water; pat dry. Make horizontal gashed on both sides and set aside.

Crush peppercorns to a fine powder in a coffee grinder; transfer to a small bowl. Tip in chili powder, turmeric, chili flakes, ginger-garlic paste, lemon juice, 1 teaspoon oil, and then combine well with a bit of water to form a thick, smooth paste. Season.

Coat both sides of the fish with this mixture, massaging some marinade into the stomach cavity as well. Let sit, at room temperature, for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to set in. Store any remaining marinade, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

In a large non-stick frying pan, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add half of the curry leaves and place fish over it, then sprinkle the rest of the curry leaves over the top. Shallow fry for about 4 minutes each side or until cooked through and the fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Serve with a squeeze of lemon.


  1. Looks mouthwatering, particularly with the curry leaves tempering on top.

  2. Thank you for sending this delicious fry to the event :)

  3. O, looks gourmet...is i guess. way to go girl!! hamour-big kilimeen?? do you know there's a fish by name "unnimary" in my place haha.

  4. oh wow!...it looks awesome!...never tried this fish before...I am slow at trying new types of fish...but I could try the masala with regular fish maybe!....looks totally yum!

  5. I Love fish..this looks great...tasty and pretty...

  6. No comments. The pictures says it all... :)

  7. Thank you Ayeesha, Thoma, Smitha, Priyanka, Janie and Vimitha for your sweet notes! Hamour is a prized grouper found locally in the Persian Gulf and baby hamour is a delicacy here.

    Thoma: All I know is a pretty actress by the name Unnimary... lol

    Smitha: Yep, the masala will work for any fish, esp fleshy ones.

  8. hey u live in Qatar?...its my childhood place...

  9. Looks like you had a great feast! I have seen quite a few fried fish on the web recently, this is one of the best out there..!

    US Masala

  10. wonderful fish fry,,,,favorite.....lovelt blog..thanks for sharing.glad to follow u

  11. Slurp,thats a droolworthy fish fry, soooo tempting..

  12. yea precisely...more than pretty she is buxom and tht's why the fish is named after her! hahaha keralites have their choice!!

  13. oh im drooling............seriusly vr do u live.......???????

  14. Wow Nash! Excellent snaps. Its lunch time here and I am feeling more hungry by looking at the snaps.

  15. Thank you for the encouragement - Aipi, Savitha, Priya, Krithi, Cook from Doha and Zareena! I'm glad I could tempt you with the fish fry :)

    Smitha: Oh, that's wonderful. I'm lucky to find a friend who lived in Doha! Hey, did you go to school here?

    Kitchenmorph: Hey, shh! lol

    Cook from Doha: Matar Kadeem. How about you?

  16. Thank for visiting my blog!...following u too! Slurp,that's a drool-worthy fish fry, soooo tempting.. clicks are awesome..

  17. love the flavour thank you for linking this awesome fish
    curry leaves are healthy and delicious flavour

  18. wow what a yummy fish.... so lovely.... new to this place and love your place...
    Dish Name Starts with F

  19. Thanks so much, Akila, for visiting and sharing your kind thoughts! It's a pleasure to meet you :)

  20. Very nice fish recipe..may I know which fish is this?
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