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Recipe for Fish Sunehri (Royal Dum Fish)

Updated on August 3, 2012
5 stars from 1 rating of Fish Sunehri

Cook Time

Prep time: 35 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 2-3


  • 600 grams King fish (surmai), cut into 2 inches cubes
  • 2 teaspoon Ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • To Taste Salt
  • 3 Cloves
  • 2 inch sticks Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Caraway seeds (shahi jeera)
  • 5 Green cardamom
  • 12 Cashewnuts
  • 1 teaspoon Sunflower seeds (charoli/chironji)
  • 2 teaspoon Poppy seeds (khuskhus/posto)
  • 1/2 cup Browned Onions
  • 1 cup Yogurt
  • 1 cup Khoya/mawa,grated
  • a few sprigs Fresh mint (pudina),torn
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh coriander leaves,chopped
  • 2-3 Green chillies,chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • few strands Saffron (kesar),soaked in one tablespoon warm milk
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • 3 1/4 tablespoons Oil
  • 2 Lemons,cut into wedges


  1. Marinate the fish pieces with ginger-garlic paste, lemon juice and salt. Set aside for thirty minutes. lightly roast cloves, cinnamon, caraway seeds and green cardamoms. Grind them to a fine powder.
  2. . Dry roast cashew nuts, sunflower seeds and poppy seeds. Grind them to a fine paste. Grind the browned onions with one and a half tablespoons of yogurt to a fine paste.
  3. Whisk the remaining yogurt with grated khoya till smooth. In a bowl, mix cashew nut paste, browned onion paste, freshly ground masala powder and yogurt-khoya mixture.
  4. Add mint leaves, coriander leaves and green chillies. Add turmeric powder, saffron and garam masala powder and whisk again. Add one-fourth cup of oil and whisk once more.
  5. Apply this marinade to the fish pieces and set aside for fifteen minutes. Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan and shallow fry the fish pieces along with the marinade.
  6. Turn and cook on the other side and cook for seven to eight minutes or till both the sides are equally done. Serve hot garnished with lemon wedges


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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      This fishy looks good to eat. Can I replace the fish with other type? I can't get king fish here. Great recipe! v\Voted up