Ambarsari Fish Masala

Today, my little one turns 6.

Flash back 6 years ago to the moment I became a mother, the very first time I laid my eyes on him. Love at first sight!

Being a mother is an experience beyond words and I know every single woman who has mothered a child will agree to it. As someone rightly put it, it’s a decision to let your heart walk outside your body forever.

Adi is the most beautiful child; sensitive, caring, friendly…..he is a beautiful human being. And all I ask my Lord for him today is to enable him always to be the amazing person he is, never to lose his kindness, stay humble in this greedy world, never be too busy for his friends and always have time to appreciate the wonders of Nature.

Happy Birthday, my precious little one.

This is a picture of Adi, when he was a few days old. Always been a deep thinker!

This is a picture of Adi, when he was a few days old. Always been a deep thinker!

Adi loves seafood and today’s dish, Ambarsari fish masala, has become one of our family favourites.

This delicacy comes from the beautiful city of Amritsar in Punjab. Bold in flavours and resplendent with spices, the Ambarsari fish masala is rich and indulgent.


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While frying the fish in ghee might sound like a bit of calorific indulgence, it really helps to add a complexity of flavour that frying in oil cannot provide. But go ahead and use oil if you wish to do so for health reasons. Another critical point is the use of mustard oil to prepare the gravy; again vegetable oil will not do the job as mustard oil provides a nutty smokiness which adds to the multilayered flavours of this dish.

Ambarsari fish masala pairs deliciously with steamed rice and dal or with laccha parathas; the former combination is our favourite.

Seer fish is a good choice for this preparation but you can also use halibut, snapper, cod or tilapia.

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Remember I mentioned a couple of blog posts back that I am onto an exciting project. Well, I have joined hands with an extremely popular seafood company, Supreme Seafood, in Chennai, India to develop recipes for their website. This Ambarsari fish masala is a part of that project.


1. 5 large seer fish steaks/slices
2. 3-4 tbsp ghee, to fry the fish
3. To marinate the fish:
• Juice of 1 fresh lemon

For full recipe, visit this page.


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Recipe Courtesy – Jaspreet Nirula


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13 thoughts on “Ambarsari Fish Masala

  1. Linda Fernandes September 17, 2015 at 9:57 am Reply

    Happy B’day to your Apple of ur Eyes dear & God bless always, the spread is so inviting and tempting.

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  2. I hope your son had a delightful birthday. The lil’ guy here loves fish too. Guess it runs in our Southern genes!


    • vanyadhanya March 12, 2015 at 10:34 pm Reply

      You cant be a Mallu and not like fish. Luckily even my hubby (from the next state) enjoys it just as much. Yup, just like you said.


  3. Elaine @ foodbod March 7, 2015 at 3:39 pm Reply

    Happy Birthday Adi 🙂 🙂


  4. elsonsequeira March 6, 2015 at 4:31 am Reply

    How lovely does that chunk of fish look Dhanya! Here’s wishing you luck for the new assignment and a very happy birthday to the little one 🙂


    • vanyadhanya March 6, 2015 at 6:59 am Reply

      Thanks Elson; I will pass on your wishes to him. And you must try out the dish; I am sure you will enjoy it.


      • elsonsequeira March 7, 2015 at 12:35 pm

        Thanks Dhanya!!! Yes for sure, I will try soon..


  5. Aruna Panangipally March 6, 2015 at 3:35 am Reply

    Happy Birthday to your son!


    • vanyadhanya March 6, 2015 at 7:00 am Reply

      thanks Aruna; he is excited that Mama’s office friends (as he calls my blogger friends) have wished him.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. maverickbird March 6, 2015 at 3:26 am Reply

    A very Happy Birthday to your precious bundle of joy.


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