Basa fillet stuffed with Prawns and Coconut

Mumbai is the home to the fishermen, who are the native residents of this beautiful city. Fish markets such as Citylight Fish Market (Opposite to the iconic Citylight theatre), BhaauchaDakka (most 5 star hotels and restaurants buy their stock from here, this place is total madness so if you want to buy from here be sure to reach by 4 am), Khar Dhanda Fish Market and Sasoon Docks are few of the well-known fish markets in Mumbai. As I grew up in Dadar, Citylight Fish Market is the one where my mom buys fish and it’s the go to place for all the fish lovers of Dadar. The recipe I have shared here is an inspiration from my mom’s recipe of Stuffed Pomfret fry.


2 Basa fillets

5-6 pieces of medium prawns

5 tbsp Semolina

1 tsp rice flour

2 tsp red chili powder

Salt to taste

100 ml Oil

1 tbsp fresh grated coconut

½ tsp turmeric powder

2 tsp coriander

1 green chili

1 tsp tamarind paste


Wash the basa fillets, clean and devein prawns.

Marinate the basa fillets with red chili powder, salt, turmeric (use half turmeric for basa and the rest for prawns) 1 tsp oil, tamarind paste and refrigerate for 5-6 hours.

In a blender add prawns, salt, turmeric, coconut and 2 tsp oil, green chili, coriander. Blend into a fine paste (add water if needed). In a pan add some oil and cook the prawn. Remove in a bowl and let it cool.

Remove the fillets from the fridge and place it on chopping board. Now place half the filling on the fillet (head side of the fish) and roll it towards the tail. In a bowl mix semolina and rice flour and coat the rolled fish.

Heat oil in the pan and fry the fish from all sides. Remove when fully cooked and serve with lemon and coriander leaves

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