Cooking Pondicherry mackerel fish fry with Rick Stein


Celebrity chef Rick Stein and Deborah Hutton are cooking and chatting, making Pondicherry Mackerel Fish Fry.

Pondicherry mackerel fish fry

Serves: 4-8
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes


125g natural yoghurt
50g/10 cloves garlic, finely crushed
2 tbsp Kashmiri chilli powder (or 1 ½ tbsp. sweet paprika with 1 tsp of cayenne)
1 tsp salt
Juice of ½ lime
50-100ml water
8 fillets of fresh mackerel
3 tbsp vegetable oil
Handful of coriander leaves, chopped
Pinch of Salt
Lime wedges, to serve


  1. In a large bowl mix together the yoghurt, garlic, chilli powder, salt and line juice, then stir in enough water to give the consistency of double cream (the amount will depend on the brand of yoghurt and the juiciness of the lime)
  2. Add the mackerel fillets and turn them over to coat in the yoghurt mixture. Set aside to marinate for 5-10 minutes
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. When the oil is hot, fry the mackerel in batches for 3 minutes on each side.
  4. Sprinkle with coriander leaves and salt, and serve with lime wedges

A secret tip for cooking  Pondicherry mackerel fish fry


Serving with the perfect bowl


About Rick Stein

Rick Stein CBE is an English chef, restaurateur, cookery book author and television presenter. He has written over 20 cookery books, an autobiography and made over 30 cookery programmes. He has also cooked for The Queen and Prince Philip, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and French President, Jacques Chirac.

Rick is best known for a love of fresh seafood and made his name in the 90’s with his earliest books and television series based on his life as chef and owner of The Seafood Restaurant in the fishing port of Padstow on the North Coast of Cornwall. As he said at the time “nothing is more exhilarating than fresh fish simply cooked.”

Since then he has expanded his horizons to cover numerous journeys over the world in search of great dishes, and also increased his business empire.

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