This dish happens to be one of the simplest preparations of Fish, that I learnt to make as a novice cook. Despite the simplicity, the taste is addictive and if you have been eating this dish since childhood, like I have been, then its very well bound to be on your comfort food list. This dish can be equally wonderful as an appetizer, as a side with a traditional plate of rice and a soupy kadhi or dal or even as a tantalizing appetizerto be shared with a cold bottle of beer. If you make sure the fish is boneless, you have a good introduction to seafood when it comes to kids.
Salmon filet (boneless) cubed into 1.5 inch cubes (or Tuna) --1 kg or 2 lbs roughly
Red Chili Powder-- 1 tbsp (or more according to taste)
Ginger paste --1 tsp
Onion powder--1 tsp
Coconut/ Canola Oil---2 tbsp + to shallow fry
Onion---2 large (peeled, sliced thin and long)
Curry leaves---2 sprigs.
Pepper & salt--as needed
Wash and rinse the fish cubes and drain them on paper towels. Meanwhile mix the remaining ingredients (except curry leaves, onions) in 2 tbsp of oil. Mix the pieces and the marinade together and stir gently to coat the fish. Cover the dish and marinate it for 15 mins.
Now in a shallow omelet pan, pour just enough oil to coat the base of the pan completely. Heat it until the oil moves smoothly and swiftly in the pan. Now add the fish pieces to it in a single layer, and make sure they don't touch each other. Turn the heat to medium low.
Let the fish get to a nice golden brown in the pan. It will take about 5-6 mins. Gently turn them over and let them cook for another 5 minutes.
When they are cooked, gently pick them up and drain on a paper towel. The oil in the marinade drains away as they cook. The remaining oil will be absorbed by the paper towel.
Now, in the remaining oil of the pan, add the onions and curry leaves. Saute them and sprinkle a little salt and pepper on them. Remove when the curry leaves are kind of fried and somewhat crisp. Carefully remove the onion mixture from the oil and you can drain them on the paper towel if you wish.
Remove the fried fish from paper towels and arrange them in a serving dish and sprinkle the fried curry leaves and onions on top. Enjoy!