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fish pakora

fish pakora, amritsari fish fry

yummy indian kitchen
boneless fish pieces marinated with spices, besan, maida, curd and then deep fried.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Indian starters, Kababs/Appetizer
Cuisine Hyderabadi/Indian, North Indian, Punjabi
Servings 3
Calories 300 kcal


  • 500 gms boneless fish (washed and cut into pieces)
  • salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander seeds powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder/kali mirch powder
  • ½ teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • ½ teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon chickpea flour/ besan
  • 1 teaspoon all purpose flour/ maida
  • 1 tsp thick yogurt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried fenugreek/kasoori methi
  • a pinch of food color
  • oil for deep frying


  • Wash and clean the fish pieces well with salt, lemon extract and turmeric powder.
  • Wash them under running water and strain them well to remove excess water from pieces.
  • Transfer the pieces into a mixing bowl, add salt as per taste, red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, black pepper powder.
  • Add ginger garlic paste, lemon extract, besan/gram flour, maida/all purpose flour, yogurt and mix well without any lumps.
  • Add red food color, give a good mix and this is optional ingredient.
  • Add kasoori methi and mix well.
  • Cover and marinate the fish in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  • Heat oil for deep frying.
  • Once the oil is hot, drop the pieces carefully into the oil.
  • Deep fry them for 5-8 minutes until all the sides are fried well.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Take them out on an absorbent paper.
  • Serve hot with sliced onions, lemon wedges and garnish with coriander leaves.


    • Amritsari fish fry also uses carom seeds/ajwain seeds and these can be added as additional ingredients or skipped if not available.
    • Kasoori methi too is optional if not handy but adding it gives a good aromatic flavor.
    • Maida can be replaced with rice flour for more crispy texture.


Nutrition Facts
fish pakora, amritsari fish fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 6mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 99IU2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.