Tilapia Fry

Tilapia semolina fry
A Konkani style fish fry.  Semolina/Rava crusted fish with garlic.  You can try the same recipe for Mackerel, Sardine and Pomfret as well.  

Tilapia - 1/2 pound
Semolina/Rava/Sooji - 1/2 cup
Cayenne Pepper/Red chilli powder - 3 tbsp
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/4 tsp
Tamarind Paste - 1 tsp
Garlic - 4 big cloves
Salt - about 1/2 tsp

1. In a mixing bowl, add cayenne pepper, turmeric, tamarind paste, crushed garlic and salt.  Add about 1 - 2 tbsp water and mix all the ingredients well to form a thick paste.
2. Add the washed tilapia pieces in this paste, coat them well.  Keep it covered (preferably refrigerated) for about an hour or more. 
3. Coat the marinated tilapia pieces in semolina.  (You can add salt, cayenne pepper in semolina as well.)  Discard the garlic pieces. 
4. Heat a frying pan and add about 1 tbsp oil.  Shallow fry the semolina coated tilapia pieces till both sides turn nice crisp and semolina turns slightly brown.  Drizzle little more oil if required.  Crispy Rava Fish Fry is ready.


  1. Wow! looks so crispy and yummy, never tried with semolina, nice idea, thank you for sharing.

  2. i love it with semolina, it will be so crispy, i have tried using it with prawns but not with fish...will surely try this one next time, and less oily too...

  3. Crispy fish fry looks super delicious and tempting..

  4. I am sure fish lovers will be enjoy this awesome dish...looks great!!

  5. never tried like this...actually i like all your konkani recipes...interesting.very nice version. great

  6. sounds yummy...very tempting n crispy...gonna try soon uma.

  7. great recipe..I do not eat fish though, but the idea of marinating was good...but what is cayenne pepper?

  8. hi uma how are you this is really nice snacks , crispy snacks yummy

  9. I often make fish fries but never tried with semolina. Got to try this version. Very nice idea Uma

    Hamaree Rasoi

  10. Tilapia is my Fav...this looks so spicy and yummy!!!!

  11. Crispy and yummy..adding semolina surely will make it real crispy..
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  12. this is just awesome and made perfectly... love this dish :)

  13. Looks very crispy to me, good to add semolina...looks beautiful too:)

  14. woooooooooooow, looks so crispy and tempting..marinating with tamarind pulp and coating with sooji sounds interesting and uinque to me...must try your version sometime..

  15. Thats a yummy crispy fry. Its a new trial with semolina. Hope v can use semolina for other crispy deep fries also. Thanks.

  16. uma really different one from what i make..fish fry with semolina..sure it will be a crispy fry.. looks delicious..tilapia fry with rasamrice wow yummy one

  17. Thanks Sarah, Suja, Priya, Malar, Suman, Women-Wisdom, Prani for the encouraging feedback.

  18. Very crisp and delicious......
    We call it as Rava fish fry(semolina fish fry).


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