Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pan-Roasted Sambar flavored Salmon with Onions

salmon fry


I'm so fond of sambar masala, I keep experimenting in my recipes whenever possible. In this recipe for salmon I made an attempt to use it as one of the key ingredients for fish marination , which resulted in this delicious Pan-Roasted Sambar flavored Salmon with sweet caramelized Onions. Sambar powder is a popular and key ingredient in southern Indian cooking. The key ingredients include roasted lentils, coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds, dried red chilies, coriander leaves, curry leaves; there are a lot of variations to it depending on the region . The spices used in the sambar masala compliments the strong flavors of salmon extremely well; half of the fry vanished before lunch time & I hardly managed a few clicks :-( .....and look who has come to visit !!!!! 



Preparation time :20 minutes
Cooking time : 10 to 12 minutes
Serves : 3 to 4



Ingredients :
  • 1 piece Salmon fillet, approx. 1.3 lbs., can use Salmon steaks or any other white fleshed fish 
  • 8 to 10 shallots, chopped lengthwise
  • 1 pinch , asafoetida
  • 2 tbsp oil
recipe for salmon

Ingredients for marination:
  • 2 large tbsp sambar masala  powder, I have used MTR brand 
  • 4 tbsp of tamarind pulp
  • a pinch of sugar
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • Salt, to taste

Directions :


method 1
  • Clean the fish thoroughly, keep marinated with a tsp of salt. In the mean time, add all the ingredients for marination, marinade the fillet on both the sides, keep aside for 15 minutes.
method 2
  • Heat a tbsp of oil in skillet, when the oil is hot enough add a pinch of asafoetida, next add the chopped shallots and fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until it turns a light golden brown color.
method 3
  • Add another tbsp of oil, gently place the marinated fish on the onion bed, fry for 3 to 4 minutes on medium heat . Before flipping it over, spread the onion evenly on top and let cook for another 3 to 4 minutes or until the onion turns a very dark golden brown color  on both the sides  
  • This is a great side dish for rice , can enjoy as an appetizer too. 
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83 comments:

  1. Mouth-watering recipe.. adding various masalas to experiment..I also keep doing this all the time.end result is always nice.

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  2. Sambar flavoured fish? Why not, if it looks so good. And such a cute little one admiring the dish!

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  3. Omg, cant take my eyes from those roasted salmon,makes me hungry.

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  4. a lovely n innovative idea dear.....

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  5. Brillant dish!
    For sure l'll do it in your kitchen.
    Thank you!

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  6. Innovative dear...Looks delicious..

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  7. Lovely recipe, but technically onions cannot caramelize in that short amount of time. What you've described is the Maillard reaction, simply a browning of the onions.

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    1. yes, though I have mentioned the term "caramelized", technically it is the "Maillard reaction" happening on the surface of onions done on a high heat, included a note in the recipe !!

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  8. What a perfect salmon dish...two in one with those crispy onions. The dish comes together so well in your step-by-step instructions!! Love it:)

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  9. wow i like your blog! it's really all about fish ey! the pictures looks very good too... no doubt that the taste of the food is as good as the pictures :D

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    1. Hi Henry, Thanks for the visit !!!I'm so glad you liked my space:-)Plz do visit again :-)

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  10. I nearly drool over your photos ! :D Looks really appetizing ! Yum !

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  11. Very delicious n innovative,Sonali...Loved the sambhar flavored fish!!

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  12. very nice idea to use sambar, this must have tasted delicious... I loved your daughter's amusement... :-)

    -Mythreyi
    Yum! Yum! Yum!

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  13. Nice idea. Nice post. Great pics. Most likely my first time here, since I am not subscribed and this site is not in my bookmarks. Love what I see, Maillard or caramelized. Being Bong puts fish high on my list and finding a site like yours was fun. Keep at it.

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    1. Thanks Subho...I'm so glad you liked the recipe....yes...not just me , my daughter is a huge fan of fish :-)plz keep visiting my site :-)

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  14. What a mouthwatering recipe!!! Amazing!! I was looking for a salmon recipe,and this one is it :))

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    1. Thanks dear:-)glad you liked it !!!!!

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  15. I am craving for that nicely made fish....no wonder the lil princess smiles at it:) Yummy!

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  16. I am fond of sambar masala, too but never thought of using it with fish.

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  17. Wow Sonali...I always wonder how do you manage to cook so many wonderful fish recipes. Great work dear.
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  18. Yummy , Looks delicious

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  19. Innovative recipe..makes me drool,got to try with sambar powder,thanks dear

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  20. Looks yummy :) Haven't even thought of using sambar powder in a fish fry..
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  21. Looks really good. Thanks for the follow--following you right back.

    Danielle @ Royalegacy

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  22. i lovw fish too...wow there r so many wonderful fish recipes...here..frst time visiting u...glad to follow u!

    http://subhieskitchen.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks for the visit n follow:-)plz do visit again :-)

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  23. Hi Sonali,

    I adore your blog and love fishing around it.I am going to make salmon today and follow a recipe from your blog. Hopefully I can post about it soon.

    I have nominated you for an award for Excellence in Storytelling at Food Stories. Here is the post that details it:

    http://www.thelady8home.com/2012/05/23/i-am-a-food-stories-nominee-for-excellence-in-storytelling/

    Good luck!
    Minnie

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    1. Thanks a ton dear :-)Really appreciate this kind gesture !!!

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  24. Sambar masala in salmon, real fusion I must say Sonali, loved your innovative style, I have not ventures anything beyond mustard sauce in salmon, will take a cue from u

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  25. wow, mouthwatering fish out there, so flavourful with sambar masala :) nice clicks of ur daughter :)

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  26. Wow looks amazing! I need a new recipe for salmon and this looks like what I will do next. Thank you!

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  27. Wow fish recipe with caramelised onions... Very innovative.... Ur daughter is soooo swwweeewt

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    1. Thanks dear...though I have mentioned the term "caramelized", technically it is the "Maillard reaction" happening on the surface of onions done on a high heat, for less times than what it takes to caramelize...hav included a note in the recipe !!

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  28. Your sambar flavoured fish looks excellent with caramelized onion.wow!

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  29. Excellent site with yummy recipies..Loved your site Sonali..:-)Glad to have met you here.. And thanks for visiting and your lovely comments..:-)I'm following you..:-)

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    1. Thanks dear...glad u liked it....following u too :-)

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  30. Lovely... Very inviting...

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  31. Wow sambhar and fish..really innovative! Looks like its my lucky day :D, m baking a fish for tonight's dinner, lets see if I can find something on your blog :D.
    Thanx for visiting my blog dear!
    Anuja

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    1. Thanks dear :-)Hope to see u again!!!!

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  32. Hi ,
    So good to have found your blog. I am a pucca fish eater and these recipes look fantastic. Love this salmon.

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    1. Thanks dear :-) plz do visit again !!!!

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  33. Nice blog and posts .
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  34. Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comments ...u have an awesome spaace here..though i don't eat fish but ur recipes and clicks are tempting me..
    happy to follow u ...Be my friend @
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  35. I love sambar! What a great idea using it on fish...never thought of that before!

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  36. I can go for seconds and thirds with this Salmon dish, nice!

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  37. A few years back when my husband didn't know the differance between chilli powder and sambar powder he once made a fish fry using sambar powder as he thought that was chilli powder.It was the talk of the entire neighborhood though he said it was not a mistake and it tasted good(As I don't eat fish I didn't taste it).Now seeing this recipe coming from a specialist is fish I think I owe him an apology.Your Fish dish awesome.

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    1. ha ha...nice one :-)you surely owe an apology to ur hubby !

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  38. This looks amazing, I can see all the wonderful flavor in there. I love the caramelized shallots to add the extra depth.

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  39. Hi, Thanks for visiting me. A dedicated fish blog...WOW! My husband and son love fish and I can see myself coming here often to get ideas from you. Your little girl is cute. Do keep visiting me, I look forward to your comments.
    Regards

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  40. wow super temting and mouthwatering fish recipe.

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  41. Amazing looking recipe!

    It loooks very juicy and crunchy still. And your use of spices is very nice.

    check my greek fish recipe also, maybe you will find it interesting: http://chefdepaprika.com/2012/07/baked-gilthead-bream-egg-lemon-sauce-greek-recipe/?gid=pOnlyfishrecipes

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  42. I just love you! Your cooking style!I am from Kerala... and I am really happy that I found your recipe site.... I love experimenting in cooking...Hey do you know that in Maharashtra there is fish curry with radish!
    If psble, please try to get details of that....
    Love,
    Diana :)

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