Visonu is the konkani word for kingfish/Seer fish. It is quite expensive and therefore is considered a luxury. There are hardly any fish-eaters who won't enjoy a slice of fried kingfish.This is how we Mangaloreans fry Visonu aka Kingfish/Seer fish. Traditionally they make a paste by grinding soaked chillies, toasted coriander seeds, turmeric piece, a little asofoetida and salt. This paste is then applied to the cleaned fish slices which are then deep fried!By now, I am sure all of you know that I am not the grinding types. I have a quicker, faster, healthier and yet tasty method of making this! I use powders! Here is my version:
Servings : 2
King fish/ Seer fish/ Visonu Steaks: 2
Oil: for frying
Onion rings: 6-8,for garnish
Lemon wedges: 2, for garnish
Red chilli powder: 1 tbsp ( I use Kashmiri chilli powder as it is not too spicy and give a nice red color).
Coriander powder: 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder ( haldi): 1/4 tsp
Asofoetida ( hing)powder: a pinch
Salt: to taste
Lemon juice: 1 tbsp
Water: to make a paste
Clean the fish steaks and keep aside.
In a bowl mix together red chilli powder, coriander powder, salt, haldi, hing, lemon juice and water to make a nice thick paste.
Apply this liberally to the fish steaks and keep aside for atleast 20-30 minutes.
Heat enough oil in a frying pan so that the fish is atleast half-way immersed in oil.Gently place the fish steaks in the oil and let it cook on medium-low heat for 7-8 minutes on one side.Now flip it and cook for 5-6 more minutes on low heat.
Drain on paper layered plates.
Serve hot with onion rings and lemon wedges.
Cooking made easy:
Fish can be fried several different ways based on individual preference. You can deep fry the fish using more oil or pan fry ( tawa fry) for a healthier option using just 1tsp oil per piece of fish!
Tip for healthy living:
Using minimal oil while cooking greatly reduces the total fat ingested by the body on a given day. Also using healthier oils that are meant to sustain high heats like coconut oil, mustard oil, sesame oil is healthier.
Some oils are not meant to be heated! They lose their nutritional value upon heating!
Food for thought:
They're only truly great who are truly good. George Chapman