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Marinating surmai

The most popular cuisine in India other than our own is Chinese . Now Thai comes a close second. It is amazing to see how even the most conservative of consumers has taken to Oriental food , like a fish to water.Thai restaurants abound and are doing well especially those serving sea food.

In our own Shivaji market there are a couple of stalls dedicated to Thai ingredients, galangal, lemon grass bulbs, small red chillies

Now that so many ingredients for Thai, Chinese and Japanese food are available locally it is so easy to make this oriental style surmai / king fish.You can also use red snapper cut into four fillets or filleted pomfret.


3/4 kg surmai steaks about 6 x 5" medium sized

2" ginger grated

Juice of 1 lemon

4 tbsp dark soya sauce

2 tbsp fish sauce

5  tbsp sesame oil

Mix all the ingredients including 3 tbsp of the oil, and marinate the fish steaks in it for as long as possible in the fridge.

Heat the rest of the oil in a heavy bottomed pan and sear the fish on both sides.Cook for about 7 minutes in all, turning over once in between.

Remove and serve on a bed of thinly shredded green papaya, shredded cabbage and grated beetroot.