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tawa fish fry

Restaurant style tawa fish fry |Mackerel fry | Ayala fry | Bangda fish fry

Restaurant style tawa fish fry is easy and crispy fry, which you can make as quick and healthy shallow tawa fry. I used mackerel fish for this recipe. Learn how to make with step wise pictures.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Marination time 1 hr
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 People
Calories 130 kcal



  • Mackerel fish – 6
  • Oil to fry
  • Lemon,onion slices for garnishing

For marination:

  • Red Chilli powder – 1tbs
  • Coriander powder – ½ tsp
  • Pepper powder – ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – ½ tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Rice flour – 1 tbs
  • Corn flour – 1 tbs
  • Maida – 1 tbs
  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp
  • Water – 1 tbsp approx.



    How to wash the fish:

    • Buy full mackerel fishes and wash them thoroughly with running tap water.
    • Mackerel is easy to wash as it has shiny thick skin.
    • Drain water completely, apply little turmeric powder and salt and keep them aside. This way the impurities are killed if any on the skin area.
    • This is sort of half marination and you need not wash it again.
    • Slit the skin of the fish in 2 to 3 places on both the sides as shown in picture.

    How to make marination:

    • In a bowl add all the ingredients mentioned under marination except water and mix well.
    • Watch salt quantity as we used some salt after washing to remove impurities.
    • Add water and make it as a masala paste.
    • Paste should not be too thick or too thin. Adjust water quantity accordingly.
    • Apply evenly on both sides of fish. The slits will help the masala to penetrate the skin.
    • Leave them aside for one hour. You can keep in refrigerator also.

    Recipe to prepare Mackerel fry | Ayala fry | Bangda fish fry:

    • Heat oil in a shallow frying pan or dosa tawa.
    • Wait until the oil is hot enough to fry and slowly drop the marinated fishes in the pan by holding the tail.
    • Keep the stove in medium flame and leave undisturbed for two mins till the bottom side get roasted.
    • If your mackerel is a big variety then leave for few more minutes.
    • Check by lifting the bottom side with a dosa flip/tongue in one corner. If it comes off easily and got the deep brown roasted color then carefully flip it to the other side.
    • If masala sticks to the pan then keep in simmer leave few more minutes for the bottom side to roast nicely.
    • Follow the same for the other side also.
    • See the nice roasted texture of the fry. Wait patiently till achieving this nice brown color.
    • Serve with lemon and onion slices.


    Tips/notes: 1) Use full mackerel fish for this fry. Follow same recipe for other types of fishes too. 2) Adjust the spice level when preparing for kids. 3) Add a tablespoon of oil to the pan in between if needed. 4) Be mindful about salt as we used salt while washing itself. 5) If the oil is not hot enough, the piece will get stuck to the pan. So always heat oil till you get smoke and after dropping fish keep in reduced flame.


    Calories: 130kcal
    Keyword tawa fish fry
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