One of the most popular and lip smacking food from Punjab is its Amritsari Fish fry. Enjoy these delicious fish fry as appetizer or snacks. This is absolutely delectable in taste. Coated in a besan(chickpea flour) batter with freshly ground spices , hung curd and served with Green chutney, this is a definitely must try delicacy from Punjab.

This dish is mostly prepared during winters in Punjab. Punjab is more famous for it’s meat dishes than fish as it is quite far away from Coastline. The poor natives of Punjab that lived along coastline used to have fishes and prepared quite many variations of fish dishes and this dish is one amongst them. I have shared the traditional version of this dish so next time you plan for a party , do add this as a snack or appetizer to complement the main course

* This can be deep fried, shallow fried, air fried or baked too. Rice flour makes it crisp so do not skip it. While using Besan(Chickpea flour) for snacks , its best to add Ajwain to help in ease of digestion and prevent acidity

**Instead of red chili powder, crushed green chilies can also be used. In absence of malt vinegar, ACV or regular white vinegar can be used, just reduce it’s quantity

Do Watch the video for better clarity in preparation and share your experience once you prepare the dish

Prep Time:38 mins Cooking Time: 8 mins Total time: 46 mins

Servings: 4-5


  • 500 – 600 gms Fish fillet cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Red Chili powder
  • 1 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
  • Salt to taste
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp cup Besan/Gram Flour/Chickpea Flour
  • 2 – 3 tbsp malt Vinegar
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Ajwain/Carom seeds
  • 2 tbsp rice Flour
  • 1/2 cup hung Curd/Yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Chat Masala to sprinkle
  • Oil for frying

Steps to prepare

  • Marinate fish with red chili powder, salt, ginger garlic paste and lemon juice.
  • Rest on the counter for 20 minutes
  • Now add egg, besan, ajwain, vinegar, rice flour, curd to marinated fish. Mix well and keep it aside for 15 minutes
  • Heat oil and deep fry until golden brown over medium heat.
  • Fry in batches, do not overcrowd the pan
  • Allow excess oil to be absorbed by absorbent towel
  • Sprinkle chat masala and serve hot with green chutney/sauce/Mayo and lime wedges
Amritsari Fish Fry

Posted by:Rekha Unni

Humble quirky soul embarking on beautiful journey of love called Life. Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies and I love experimenting with different types of foods. it's the love of cooking for my family which has made this hobby as one of my passions

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