We got some fresh line-caught tuna steaks from the market and they just looked gorgeous. Was in two minds about doing a Conti preperation or a South Indian one, and finally decided on a more mallu version. I am no good at preparing fish dishes and even worse at eating them, so Ro helped me out with this one.
Tuna Steaks or any fish fillet, for that matter- 2 large (approx. 100 gms each)
Ginger garlic paste- 2 tsp
Kashmiri chilli pwd- 3 tsp
Turmeric pwd- 1/4 tsp
Pepper pwd- 1 tsp
Garam masala- 1 tsp
Lime juice- 2 tsp
Curry leaves- a sprig (optional)
Salt- to taste
Oil- 2 tbs
Onion - 1/2 an onion cut into rings.
Mix all the ingredients in the 'to marinate' section and make a paste. Spread this mix generously onto the tuna steaks and keep refrigerated for atleast an hour.
In a frying pan, heat the oil and fry the onions and curry leaves till they become brown and fragrant. Remove and keep aside. In the same pan fry the fish till it becomes brown on either sides. Put the onion rings back into the pan and give a final mix. Serve hot with rice.
Note: Ro's spice tolerance level is really low and so this one lacks a bit in spice. You can jazz it up with some chilli pwd.
If you fry it in coconut oil, it would be an authentic mallu (Kerala) fish fry.
I would also like to submit this recipe for the SPOTLIGH: FISH event hosted by Indrani of Appyayan whose blog i stumbled upon and was impressed by it. This is the first time i am taking part in a blog event, and so im pretty excited about it.