Lahori Tawa Tali Machchli – Fried Lahori Fish

Fish fillet pieces dipped in creamy mixture of rice flour, eggs, cornflour and spices, shallow fried and served with a dried dates sauce.
  • 700g hammour fish (fish fillet, without fat)
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup cornflour
  • 3 eggs
  • Juice of 4-5 lemons
  • 1 tsp red food colouring
  • 2 tsp black cumin seeds (shahi jeera)
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds, crushed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 2 cups desi ghee (for frying)
  • For Sauce:
  • 100g dried dates (chhuare in hindi)
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tbsp chaat masala
  • 2 tsp chicken stock cubes
  • 250g yogurt
  1. For Fish:
  2. Cut fish fillet into 100g pieces, lengthwise.
  3. Put salt, ginger-garlic paste on pieces. Leave aside for 10 minutes, then wash and strain excess water.
  4. Put chopped ginger and garlic on fish pieces after washing.
  5. Mix rice flour and cornflour. Then mix in the eggs. Also add lemon juice, red food colouring and mix well.
  6. Add all the spices. Beat together into a smooth paste.
  7. Dab this paste onto fish pieces and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from fridge and shallow fry on tawa in desi ghee.
  9. For Sauce:
  10. Remove seeds from dried dates (chhuare)
  11. Boil in double quantity water – 2 cups of water for 5-10 minutes to soften dates.
  12. When water reduces to half (1 cup), remove from heat and add all the other ingredients.
  13. Grind to a fine paste.
  14. Add a pinch of salt to the paste and mix. The sauce is ready. Serve with fish.


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