Tomato fish masala is a simple and easy recipe.If your bored of the same fish fry or curry,then this is definitely a must try one for fish lovers like me... Today Rk was asking me to cook something different with fish... I asked him whether he want curry r dry,then he said me you don't you try the fish masala which we tasted in Pattaya... It's really a long back trip and I totally forgot about that... But the fish masala we tasted their was really awesome. It was a simple gravy, which I could easily find out what ingredients was used in it. So planned to replicate the fish masala and this was our Sunday lunch.. The fish was really yummy and paired well with dhal and rasam... Give a try and you will also love it.
For fish Marination:
Thread fin fillet - 1/2 kg
Sambar powder - 1 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 2 tbs
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Pepper corns - 1/2 tsp
Cardamom - 2
Bay leaf - 1
Onion - 2
Tomato - 2
Ginger - 1 tbs
Garlic - 1 tbs
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Chilly powder - 1/2 tbs
Coriander powder - 1/2 tbs
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Warm water - 1/2 cup
Coriander leaves - few
Salt - to taste
Clean and marinate the fish with salt,turmeric and sambar powder.Add in very little oil in a pan,and slightly sauté the fish till it cooked well.
Take a kadai pour oil and add in the ingredients under "To Temper".Then add onion,garlic and ginger.ginger. Sauté well till onion is translucent.
Add in tomato sauté for 2 mins,then add in the spice powders and give a nice mix and allow till spices are mixed well with onion and tomato
Once the masala is well fried add in 1/4 cup for warm water and allow to boil for 2 mins
Then with a help of hand blender mash the onion tomato masala to a coarse mixture
Then add in water depending on the amount and consistency of gravy you want,and allow it to boil for well.
Once the masala has reached the desired consistency add in fried fish give a nice mix close the kadai and cook for 2 mins or till the fish is coated with masala,finally add in chopped coriander leaves.
Serve with steaming hot rice or chappathi and have a hearty meal:)
Frying the fish separately is purely optional,you can skip that part and add in cleaned fish directly to the masala,but frying enhances the taste.
I like the masala to be bit coarse in texture, so i used a hand blender to mash it up,you can skip or use pulse option in your mixer.
Use any kind of fish for this,i prefer fillet because it have no bones,less job while eating:)
Instead of sambar powder you can use chilly powder for marination.