Chilli-bite battered fish

Chilli-bite battered fish

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  • 4
  • Easy
  • Pescatarian
  • 35 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • Weltevrede Gewurtztraminer

Could this be the best way to add flavour to white fish? We think so! Inspired by the chilli bite, this batter features garam masala, chilli and fresh coriander, all mixed up in a buttermilk and chickpea flour batter that fries up to a beautiful crisp.


  • 120 g chickpea flour
  • 1 t dried chilli
  • ½ cup chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 t garam masala
  • 250 ml buttermilk
  • 375 ml vegetable oil
  • 800 g fresh white fish such as hake or kingklip
  • For the brinjal-and-coriander tzatziki
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 medium-sized brinjals, diced into small pieces
  • 2 fresh chillies, halved
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 500 ml plain thick yoghurt
  • ½ cup chopped fresh coriander
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cooking Instructions

1. To make the battered fish: Combine the chickpea flour with the dried chilli, coriander, garam masala and buttermilk to form a batter.

2. Place a saucepan over a high heat and add the canola oil. Slice the fish into chunky pieces and submerge in the batter.

3. Place carefully into the hot oil and deep-fry until golden and puffed. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen towel.

4. Serve with the brinjal and- coriander tzatziki.

5. To make the brinjal-and-coriander tzatziki: Place a pan over a medium to high heat and add the olive oil. When hot, fry the brinjal cubes with the chilli halves until golden and charred.

6. Transfer the brinjal to a bowl and add the garlic, yoghurt, coriander and seasoning, to taste. Blitz lightly with a hand-held blender until the mixture takes on a coarse chunky consistency.

Cook’s note: If you’re short on time, simply use a box of store-bought Chilli Bite mix.

Per serving: 2353.6 kJ, 41.3 g protein, 36 g fat, 15.8 g carbs

Abigail Donnelly Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly
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    Thobile Evans Thwala
    July 1, 2021

    i realy cant wait to bite this receipe – Chilli-bite battered fish with brinjal-and-coriander tzatziki