Balti Fish in Spicy Coconut

A kindhearted friend of mine recently lent me her cook book – The Complete Book of Indian Cooking by Shehzad Husain and Rafi Fernandez. Its an amazing book with simple recipes and detailed, step-by-step pictorial representation for each dish. I am a person who can drool over just a picture of food. So you can imagine my love for this book.

Here’s the first dish I prepared from this book:


  • 5 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 tsp onion seeds
  • 5 dried red chilies
  • 3 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 4 pieces of fish (I have used vanjaram)
  • 1 tbs lime juice
  • 1 tbs fresh coriander, chopped
  • Heat the oil in a deep round frying pan. Lower the heat slightly and add the onion seeds, dried red chillies, garlic slices and onion. Saute until onion turns a little golden brown.
  • Add the tomatoes, coconut, salt and coriander powder. Stir thoroughly and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Drop the fish pieces into the mixture and turn them over gently until they are well coated.
  • Cook fpr 5-7 minutes, lowering the heat if necessary. Add the lime juice and fresh coriander leaves and cook further for 5 minutes.
  • Serve immediately with rice.

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