thilapia fillet

Pan-Fried Tilapia – with grilled cherry tomatoes on the side

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These fleshy fish fillets, with a very appetizing crispy outer layer, is very flavourful, which could be served as a  main meal with lots of vegetables or grilled tomatoes on the side.  

This unique recipe was passed on to me by one of my Goan friends who is an expert in producing mouthwatering fish dishes in every mealtime.  Roll the fish fillets on semolina was her top tip as it gives such an addictive crunchiness and crispiness when they come out of the pan.

So, gather the necessary ingredients and let’s make it;

What you will need:

Fish fillets (Tilapia)4
Onion1 chopped finely
Whole coriander seeds2 tbsp
Whole cumin seeds1 tbsp
Whole Kashmiri chilies3-4 deseeded
Garlic3 cloves
Tamarind pulp1 tbsp
Semolina1/2 cup
LemonJuice of 1/2 lemon
 Salt a few pinches

 Let’s make :

  • Wash, pat dry the fish fillets and season with salt and pepper
  • Grind chopped onion, deseeded Kashmiri chilli, salt, turmeric, garlic cloves, cumin seeds and coriander seeds to a paste, using a wet grinder or the hand blender
  • Add tamarind pulp and lemon. Lightly grind until all come together
  • Take the paste out, pat on one side of the fish fillets
  • Place semolina on a plate and wrap both sides.  Shake off the excess
  • Heat up 2-3 tbsp of olive oil in a wide pan and place fish fillets side by side
  • Pan fry under low flame
  • When one side is fried enough, carefully turn on to the other side.  Fry both sides until golden and crispy
  • If the oil runs out, sprinkle a bit more on top of the fillets
  • Serve hot.  Delicious with grilled tomatoes on the side
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Grilled Tomatoes

cherry tom

 These beautiful, grilled, cherry tomatoes look and taste great as a side dish when you are serving baked/grilled fish or meat.  Also, without a doubt,  the burnt taste blended with light sourness and sweetness of the cherry tomatoes will enhance the taste of your main dish.

The grilling process is as follows:

  • Get the cheery tomatoes with the stem intact.  Prick each one lightly with a toothpick
  • Place on a baking tray lined up with a foil
  • Sprinkle salt and olive oil
  • Grill under 200 C oven
  • Serve warm with their juices braised on tomatoes

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