fish bajji recipe | lahori fish fry recipe | tilapia fish fry
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Serves: 30 bajjis
To clean:
  • Fish fillets - 1 lb or ½kg
  • Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
To marinate:
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
  • Chilli powder - ½ tsp
  • Salt - ½ tsp
  • Lemon - ½ tbsp juice or ¼ lemon
For batter:
  • Besan flour/Kadalai maavu - ½ cup
  • Rice flour/Arisi maavu - 1 tbsp
  • Chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
  • Coriander powder - ½ tsp
  • Cumin powder - ¼ tsp
  • Salt - ½ tsp
  • Ajwain seeds/Omam - few less than ¼ tsp
  • Garlic cloves - 10
  • Lemon juice - few drops
  • Water - ½ cup
To deep fry
  • oil - 1 cup
  1. Wash the fish fillets twice with water. Soak in turmeric powder mixed water for 5 mins. Again wash it twice with normal water. Drain out the water.
  2. Cut vertically and then horizontally into pieces of desired sizes.
  3. Add ¼ tsp Turmeric powder, ½ tsp Chilli powder, ½ tsp Salt , ½ tbsp lemon juice and mix well so that masala coats all pieces.
  4. Let it marinate for minimum 1 hour or leave it overnight(in refrigerator). Peel 10 garlic cloves and grind coarsely in mixie or use mortar & pestle.
  5. In a mixing bowl, add ½ cup besan flour, 1 tbsp Rice flour, 1 tsp Chilli powder, ¼ tsp Turmeric powder.
  6. Add ½ tsp Coriander powder, ¼ tsp Cumin powder, ½ tsp Salt, few ajwain seeds and ground garlic.
  7. Add few lemon drops and mix well with whisk.
  8. Add ½ cup water(add 1 or 2 tsp extra if required). Mix well to form a smooth and thick batter. If it is thin, it won't coat over the fish.
  9. Take each marinated fish piece and dip well in the batter. Turn over and dip the other side. Gently wipe the bottom of the fish against the bowl to get rid of dripping batter.
  10. Gently, drop the fish into hot oil. Drop 5 or 6(or as much as your pan could fit) in each batch. After a minute, flip each piece to the other side.
  11. Once sizzling sound reduces, take out the fish pieces draining out the oil. Drain excess oil in tissue paper.
1.You shall replace Tilapia with Salmon or any other fish fillets that are fleshy without bones.
2.Do not add more lemon juice as it might yield slight bitter taste.
3.Add more chilli powder if you need spicy fish bajjis.
Recipe by My Healthy Kiddo at