Tali Machli (Spicy Fried Fish) is a popular street food snack eaten all over India but is especially popular in coastal Maharashtra. It’s lightly spiced so you don’t need a sauce, which makes it ideal for eating on the move, but it’s also delicious with your favourite chutney or pickle.
What you need… • 500g white fish, skinned and cut into four, even-sized fillets • 60g gram flour • 40g rice flour • 10 Tablespoons oil • 0.5 teaspoon mustard seeds
How to make it… 1. Pat the fish fillets dry with a paper towel. 2. Mix the marinade ingredients together to form a thick paste and rub it over the fillets. Leave for 1 hour. 3. Cover the fillets in the gram flour then in the rice flour, ensuring all parts are well covered. 4. Heat the oil to a medium-high heat in a wide, pan, add the mustard seeds and fry for 30 seconds. 5. Add the fillets and shallow fry until the fish is cooked through and the batter crisp (about 3 minutes on each side).