Lahori Fish - Fish in a Crispy Fried Batter

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Oct. 25, 2013

This is a delicious batter that is great coating any kind of filet fish. A special from Lahore, Pakistan, this fish is fried in a crispy batter. Great as a snack, appetizer or even a main snack.


Tilapia fillet 1 Pound , cleaned, cut into bite size chunks (or any other fish)
Salt To Taste
Lime 1/2 Medium , juiced
Oil 2 Cup (32 tbs) (For deep frying)
For the batter
Gram flour 3/4 Cup (12 tbs)
Rice flour 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Water 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (as required)
Ginger paste 1 Tablespoon
Garlic paste 1 Tablespoon
Turmeric powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Cumin powder 1 Teaspoon
Coriander powder 1 Teaspoon
Red chili powder 1 Teaspoon
Carom seeds 1/2 Teaspoon
Red chili flakes 3 Teaspoon
Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon
Coriander seeds 3 Teaspoon
Chaat masala 3 Teaspoon , divided
Dried fenugreek leaves 1/2 Teaspoon



1. In a bowl put the fish chunks. add salt and lime juice. Mix well and let it sit for at least 15 minutes.


2. In another bowl add gram flour and rice flour, mix well. Add little water and whisk into a batter. Put the ginger and garlic paste and mix well. Add little more water and mix well till incorporated.

3. Season with turmeric, cumin, red chili and coriander powders, mix well. Add the carom seeds while rubbing it between the palms. Add red chili flakes, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, 2 teaspoons of chaat masala and dried fenugreek leaves. Mix well till all are well combined. Pour little water and mix again to form a runny batter.

4. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan till hot (test by putting a few drops of the batter).

5. Just before making, add a pinch of salt to the batter and mix well (the fish is already marinated in salt, add accordingly). Dip the fish chunks in the batter and put it in the hot oil. Fry till golden brown and crisp and transfer on to paper towel to drain off excess oil.


6. In a serving platter, arrange the Lahori fish. Sprinkle with remaining chaat masala and serve hot with any dip of choice.


This can be served as snack or main dish also. Just cut the fish fillet according to the type of course it is being served for.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 359Calories from Fat 159

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 18 g27.7%

Saturated Fat 2 g10%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 235 mg9.79%

Total Carbohydrates 26 g8.7%

Dietary Fiber 6 g24%

Sugars 2 g

Protein 27 g54%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet