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The Hirshon Nepalese Fish Sukuti – सुकुटी

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  • 2 lbs. trout fillets (traditional choice), or your preferred type of fish fillets, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili paste with black beans (preferred) or standard Chinese chili paste
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons wildflower honey
  • 5 dried red chilies
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 cup scallions, cut into 1-in length
  • 4 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Marinade:
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground timur (Sichuan pepper)
  • 2 tablespoons wildflower honey
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese chili paste with black beans (preferred) or regular chili paste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic paste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ginger paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafetida
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. In a blender, process all marinade ingredients into a smooth paste. In a large bowl, pour the marinade over the fish slices. Mix well, cover, and let marinate for at least four hours. After marinating, drain the marinade and pat-dry the fish pieces.
  2. Heat frying oil to 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Dip fish pieces into oil and fry until crispy. Reserve fried fish slices in a large plate.
  3. In a blender, process chopped onion, garlic, ginger, chili paste, soy sauce, turmeric, and honey into a smooth paste.
  4. In a non-stick sauté pan, heat four tablespoons of oil over high heat. Sauté whole red chilies and cumin seeds till dark. Add spice paste, salt and pepper; fry until oil starts to separate from the paste.
  5. Transfer the fish slices into the spice mixture and gently stir fry for 5-8 minutes, or until the slices are fully coated with spices. Add chopped scallions and stir for a minute or so. Serve with rice, accompanied with tomato achaar.
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