Nirmal ..my Fish Tandoori addict ..this one is for you :)....
Blogging has given me quite a lot of friends I have never met yet and meeting some of them are really impossible since we stay in very different continents. Nirmal is one of the first friends I got through Vazhayila , the first vazhayila "fan" as she says, to write me an email like more than a year and a half ago. I am such a bad one in replying to emails and normally take 2 weeks to write back , mostly because i forget or sometimes cos i would be busy. Ah , many of you know that !!!!
Nirmal had asked me for a side to go with my Tandoori Tilapia some time back and I send her the recipe for the sides i usually make . She loved it and she made it a routine party flavor . She has been asking me to post this recipe for some time , and i never got a chance . Remember i told you the lazy me has been making a lot of baked chicken and grilled fish in this post . SO in that batch i took the time to click this yummy fish and our favorite sides.
Unlike my Tandoori Fish , I have not added yogurt in this recipe , but Worcestershire sauce to get that blackened look.
So in a little more than 30 minutes you will be out of the kitchen with an excellent dinner with strong flavors ..Here goes the recipe for
my favorite Nirmal's favorite
Baked or Grilled Tilapia with Sauteed Onions and Green chutney .
Tilapia - 4 nos
To make paste
Red chilli powder - 1 tea spoon
Coriander powder - 1/2 tea spoon
Ginger - garlic paste - 1 tea spoon
Onion Powder - 1/2 tea spoon
Worcestershire Sauce - 1 tea spoon ( or use Soy sauce)
Lemon juice - 1 tea spoon
Crushed Black Pepper - a large pinch
Salt to taste
( As I said you can either bake it or grill it , i usually grill in my indoor George Foreman grill.)
Make a paste with all the ingredients by adding a little water. Brush both sides of the fish with the paste and keep aside for an hour .If you want to keep for more than an hour refrigerate it. You will have some paste remaining but keep it. make it thin by adding little water or oil
If You are baking it , Preheat the oven to 400 degree F
Line a baking tray with an aluminium foil and spray lightly with cooking spray or brush with some olive oil
Arrange the fish in a single layer an inch apart and Bake it for 15 minutes .
Take it out , and baste both sides with the thin paste and bake again for 15-20 minutes.( for really crispy broil for 2-3 minutes)
If you are grilling it , Heat the grill as per its directions and place the fish on the hot grill and grill for 12 minutes on each side.
For Sauteed Onions
Heat oil in a pan and add 1 large sliced onion and saute for 5-6 minutes. Add a handful of chopped cilantro and fry for 2 more minutes. Add a large pinch or 1/4 tea spoon of red chilli powder and switch off the flame. Fry in the hot pan for 2-3 minutes and the remove.
For Green Chutney
Grind a cup of mint leaves and a cup of coriander leaves with a green chili and 2 tea spoons of lemon juice and salt to a fine paste.