Dhaka Fried Fish Recipe


According to Desi guy apparently there is this awesome place in Karachi behind the Courthouse that serves the best fried fish in the city. Desi guy requested me to find the recipe for this and prepare said awesome fish for dinner. He had no idea what it was called, so I spent an hour googling “fried fish Karachi”, “best street food fish Karachi”, “Courthouse Karachi fried fish” etc etc until I came up with Dhaka fried fish. Then I had him describe the taste of that fish so I could determine if this was indeed the recipe to said awesome fish. I reminded him, ungrudgingly of course, that if he had fed me this awesome fish I would have been able to cook it. With a little additions to the recipe I came up with something that Desi guy approved and said tasted almost the same. So here is “Dhaka fried fish Karachi (behind the Courthouse) style”.


1/2 kg of fish ( I used a huge fillet of trout from Costco-nice clean, no bones!)

Stuff for marinade:

1 egg

2 lemons ( I like using limes-squeeze out all the juice really well)

2 tsp Ginger Paste

2 tsp Garlic Paste

Salt to taste

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp red pepper powder

2 tbsp sesame seeds ( I didn’t have any so I added a few drops of sesame seed oil and just threw in some flax seeds)

3 to 4 tbsp flour

3 to 4 tbsp chickpea flour

(You may need to add a little water when mixing, however the paste should be thick)

Oil for frying

A small bunch of cilantro finely chopped
3 to 4 (or more) finely chopped green chillies
Chaat masala to sprinkle on top
What to do:
1. Wash the fish and pat dry with paper towels. ( I cut the trout into nice neat strips)
2. Mix up all the stuff for the marinade and put your fish in. Leave it for 45 minutes (not more).
3. Heat up the oil on medium heat. Fry your fish. It will only take a few minutes on both sides. Take it out on the serving dish when it is golden and nice and crispy.
4. In the left over oil fry the green chillies, turn the heat off (be careful of sputtering chilli seeds!) add the cilantro and chaat masala to taste (we like it spicy) you can also squeeze in some lime juice. Drizzle this oil all over your fish. Serve with afghani style rice and salad ( I also had steamed buttery broccoli and a jar of antipasto veggies).
Let me know how it turns out.
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