Masala Mackerels

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Total Time:
45-60 minutes
Serves: 6
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Difficulty: Easy

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  • Medium size mackerels - 1 Kg
  • Chilli powder - 4 tsp, or to taste
  • Cumin powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Tamarind - size of a big lime
  • Vinegar - 1/2 cup
  • Onion - 1/2 Kg Chopped finely
  • Garlic - 5 Tbsp, chopped finely
  • Green chillies - 4-6, chopped finely
  • Oil - 1 cup
  • Salt - to taste
  • Tomatoes - 250 gms., chopped

How to Make Masala Mackerels

  • Cut away the head and tails of fish, gut them, wash and drain well.
  • Soak tamarind in vinegar and extract the juice.
  • Mix all the powders with this juice. Mix with all the chopped ingredients. Add salt to taste.
  • Smear each fish with some of this masala and fill some of it in the stomach cavity. Reserve the remaining masala.
  • Take a thick bottomed deep pan and line the base with a piece of banana leaf or foil. Pour some oil in it and spread a layer of fish in it.
  • Sprinkle some of the reserved masala on top.
  • Repeat the layers to use up all the fish, masala and oil.
  • Top with tomatoes.
  • Place the pan on a low flame.
  • Cover with a flat lid and place some live charcoal on it. Cook for about 25-30 minutes or till the fish is cooked.
  • Shake the pan gently to mix the layers, without breaking the fish.