Indian Fish Recipes Don't Get Any Faster Than With Vijaya Selvaraju's Meen Varuval

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When it comes to seafood, fish can be a tricky topic to tackle.

Plenty of questions on finding the right fish or the freshest fish can pop up and that’s all before you even step foot in the kitchen.

But sometimes the most daunting task can be handled with a simple approach. And if we’re talking simple, we might as well be talking about meen varuval.

For YouTube food personality Vijaya Selvaraju, meen varuval literally translates to "fish fry."

But what this recipes lacks in complexity, it makes up in plenty of pungent flavour.

Watch the video for a step-by-step on how she prepares the recipe below:

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Meen varuval

4 grouper steaks (approx. 1 inch thick)
2 tbsp coriander powder
1 tbsp ground red chili powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt
2 limes
1/2 cup neutral cooking oil

1. Combine coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric, salt, and juice of two limes to make a paste.

2. Rub paste over grouper steaks, ensuring all sides are coated. Allow to marinate for 15 minutes.

3. Fill a large frying pan with 1/2 an inch of a neutral oil like canola or vegetable. Heat to 350 degrees.

4. Fry fish for 3 minutes on each side or until golden and crisp.

5. Serve with thinly sliced sweet onions, a squirt of lime, and a pinch of salt.

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Watch Vijaya explain how to pick the right fish the full episode video below:


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