Machi Amritsari | SuperChef NandaKumar

In Punjab, “Near Amritsar, three rivers – Ravi, Sutlej and Beas – meet and they say  Here you get the best fish in Punjab. The unique taste and preparation of Amritsari Macchi has made it popular across Punjab. The Punjabis make this recipe with the river fish. But in other states they make it with sea fish. This is good as snack too..


King fish Fillets 500 gms
Lemon 1 no.
Kashmiri Chilly Powder 1 tsp
Hinge  Powder 1 tbsp
Ajwain Powder 1 tbsp
Ginger & garlic paste 1 tbsp
Besan Flour 1tbsp
Turmeric powder ½ tsp
Chat masala, 1 tsp
Salt To taste
Black Pepper powder 1 tsp
Daniya Leaves 1 sprig


  • Dry roast Besan flour till the raw smell ceases.
  • Clean, wash, Pat dry fish slices, Marinate fish with salt, pepper lemon juice from a wedge of Lime. Add Little hinge powder and little Ajwain powder. And ½ GG Paste. Keep covered for two hrs and refrigerate.
  • Make a thin batter with Lemon juice, Ajwain, hinge and besan flour, Kashmiri chilly powder, turmeric powder and other ingredients by adding little water. Check for the consistency of batter.
  • Take out the marinated fish fillets from the refrigerator and start coating the fish with batter. Keep separate for a few minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry the fish fillets to golden color. Arrange in a platter with doylies and add finely chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve mint chutney and Sharpen sauce as dips.

Sharpen sauce

Mayonnaise with coriander leaves, chat Masala and little tamarind juice, half tsp of Cream.

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