Mangalorean Fish Tawa Fry~Fish Tawa Masala Recipe

Fish Tawa fry is a popular restaurant delicacy in Mangalore. This fried fish is served with a spicy sauce known as Tawa masala and perfect to be served with homemade dal and steamed rice. A restaurant-style delicacy of spicy fried Anjal/Surmai tawa fry served with delicious and tangy tawa masala infused with aromatic fried curry leaves
Fish on a white platter with coriander and green chilli topping
Prep Time
60 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
90 mins
Side Dish
Fish, coconut oil; caution for allergies.
From Exquisite Mangalorean Spicy Tawa Fry with King Fish and More!

In Mangalore city, some of the exotic seafood restaurants serve this finger-licking Tawa fry. Moreover, the fish used in this dish should be a big size with more flesh. I would recommend King Fish also known as Anjal or Surmai for making this Spicy Tawa Fry. Apart from King Fish, you can also use Pomfret, big size Sea Bream, or any fish which can be cut into slices or fillets with dense flesh.

  • 700-800 grams fish slices or small whole fish king fish, mackerel, pomfret
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Curry leaves for tawa masala
  • Chopped coriander leaves
  • Chopped green chilies for garnish
  • For red chili paste
  • 10-15 dry red chilies as per taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
For Mangalorean Fish Tawa Fry~FISH TAWA MASALA
1Soak dry red chilies in hot water for 30 minutes.
2Dry roast cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds for 2 to 3 minutes.
3In a mixer grinder, add soaked red chilies, roasted cumin and fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, chopped garlic and salt. Grind to a smooth paste by adding ¼ or less water as needed.
4Take half of the chilli paste and marinate the fish pieces for 1 hour.
5Reserve the other half of the chilli paste for tawa masala.
6Heat a non-stick or cast iron pan with coconut oil. Shallow fry the marinated fish pieces on low flame for 10 minutes on each side.
7Remove the pieces on a serving plate and keep warm.
8In the same pan, add curry leaves and remaining chili paste mixed with a little water. Fry this masala on low heat for 5 to 7 minutes.
9Pour the masala over the fried fish and serve hot by sprinkling chopped coriander and green chilies.
10This can be served with dal and steamed rice.
Cooking Tips
Elevate your meal by pairing with homemade dal and steamed rice. Serve hot, garnished with chopped coriander and green chilies for extra flavor!.
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