The soft and delicate Basa fish fillet tastes great when cooked with minimal fuss and this batter-fried version is a real example of that!
Since the time I have discovered this fish called ‘Basa’, I have simply fallen in love with it. Trust me, you will too if you taste it even once!
This fish’s texture is immensely delicate and soft and it has a amazing capability of adhering to the flavors it it cooked with. But this melt-in-the-mouth quality is best enjoyed when it is not overpowered with too many spices.
My this recipe of frying the Basa fillet with a simple batter was inspired from the street food of my home town – Kolkata – at the eastern region of India.
Sometimes I miss Kolkata for its special “Street Food”. I have stayed in few big cities of India like Mumbai, Hyderabad and now Bangalore, but nowhere could I find such amazing variety of street food, be it vegetarian or non-vegetarian.
Being a hard-core non-vegetarian, I used to prefer the non-veg snacks like mutton cutlet, fish fry, chicken roll, chicken/mutton/fish chop and many other endless varieties, but the veg options also never failed to delight me as well, like singara (samosa), alur chop(potato fritters), vegetable chop (Mixed veg fritters, mostly dominated by beetroot), beguni (eggplant fritters), mochar chop (difficult to translate – “mocha” is the flower of banana and “chop” is fritter, now you can easily combine!) and the list will go on and on.
Well, There is no plan of visiting my hometown during recent months, so I will keep missing them for indefinite time unless I decide to try my hands on creating those stuffs at home. So here is my first trial of fish fry. My first take came out well which was beyond my expectation. Hope you will like it too!