It's one of the simplest things to put together, takes minutes and tastes like you've been slaving on a hot stove for hours.
Evidently I'm not the only one since nearly all states in India have their own version. The center line however remains the same - turmeric, salt, red chilly powder to begin with and then hundreds of variations - tamarind, onion paste, ajawain seeds, green herbs just to name a few.
The coating can be anything from farina, suji (rava), rice flour to besan (chick pea flour).
This is one of the simpler versions of Goan fried fish that has the 3 spices and the addition of tamarind paste. Just the right touch of tang to some heat.
Personally, I find just rava too crunchy and just rice flour too soft. Breadcrumbs and besan are not used in Goan fish fries.
So the perfect choice as far as I'm concerned is a coating that is combination suji (rava) and rice flour.
I serve this fish all the time - as a side to dal and rice, sometimes with a green salad or even a side of veggies.
Bottom line, is that it is just such a great & delicious staple for the busy lifestyle.
Have fun with it - tweak the flavors, make it your own!