Much like Elizabeth Gilbert, who passionately talks about her love for food during her stay in one of the three countries that she traveled, in her book, "EAT PRAY LOVE", my love for food is ineffable. For me, "you haven't lived well, if you haven't eaten well", and therefore strangely, food holds a spiritual connection for me with my body and my spirit. Am I getting emotional here for food?
Coming to the point, I discovered this recipe in India, largely know as Fish Rava Fry! prepared in the regions of Konkan, Goa and South India. With the delicateness of Mackerel, Pompret or King fish and the crispness of Rava (Semolina) well marinated with the Indian spices and shallow or deep fried, this dish in every aspect holds a chance to be a sea food lover's favorite.
Semolina, is our good old Durum Wheat, also known as pasta or macaroni wheat, and, the good news is, that this recipe barely takes any time to cook. So, let's start with my variation of Semolina Fish Fry :
Approx: 120 cal. per serving, Serves: 4 persons, Preparation Time : 10 minutes, Cooking Time :15 minutes.
Fish Fillets (of your choice), I have used Wild Alaskan Salmon - 5-6 Pieces. (2-3 pounds)
Semolina Flour - 1/2 cup (easily available online or in super markets)
Garlic Paste - 1/2-2 tsp
Red chili powder (Paprika) - 1/2 tsp
Lemon Juice - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Olive Oil - For Frying
Wash the Fish Fillets and remove the skin (if required), as we all know that Salmon fillets are delicate and breaks easily, hence be extra careful with that.
In a bowl, mix 2 tsp. of oil, salt, Paprika, Lemon juice and garlic paste.
Spread and rub all over the fish pieces, cover and keep it in the fridge for around 10-15 minutes.
Once marinated well, heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan.
On a plate spread Semolina flour (yes raw, not need to dry roast)
Wrap up the fish fillets with the Semolina flour and shallow fry them in the pan.
It usually takes 5-7 minutes on a medium heat for the fillets to be fried from one side, flip and fry for another 5-7 minutes on the other side.
It may take a few extra minutes to get crispy and well cooked. (so be patient! :)
Once done, take them out on a plate and serve hot with your favorite sauce or a dip.
Voila!! your super awesome Semolina Fish Fry is ready. This is one of those relaxed recipes to savor on a lazy evening when you don't want to indulge in elaborate cooking but still want something healthy to munch upon.
Easily works as a starter or a side dish!!
How did you like my recipe, don't forget to let me know with your comment.