Garlicky Salmon and potato cubes served on a bed of Peas Pulao


spicy salmon with potatoes


When summer vacation started, I had heaved a sigh of relief. I am not a morning person. The thought that I would be able to sleep in was fantastic and almost had me rubbing my hands in glee.

I had forgotten momentarily that:

a) I have a husband who does not budge unless I feed him tea (remember my Indian tea addict reference in my previous article here?) and he leaves right when the lazy summer sun appears on the horizon.

b) I have two dogs who think my mornings were crafted with the sole purpose of playing, feeding and having fun with them. Lest I forget, they have ice-cold wet noses to remind me of my duties.

Ironically, one look at their happy-happy eyes and waggy-waggy tails makes up for the lousy don’t-want-to-get-up moments almost immediately.



Vacation also means going to a variety of classes, getting cooked in the sun, running away from sudden showers, refereeing totally unfair fights, unexpected hugs, animation movies, video games, loads of Nutella sandwiches….and maybe some interesting trips. (I wish the last one was more frequent at times, but sadly we haven’t reached that point yet in this summer at least).

Vacation also means a lot of cooking. And if you have kids like mine, then you will have a pea-lover who hates fish and a pea-hater who loves fish.  So best would be to combine both, no? Kind of balances out both.

I prepare this salmon recipe with minimum of spices. The rich garlic marinade brings out the sweet texture of salmon,and tempers down its fishy taste. Served on a bed of  Peas-pulao/Rice with Peas Pilaf, this is a true sensory delight.

garlic salmon

Marinade garlic and salmon

Frying salmon

Fry salmon in oil

Turn them over gently

Pan fried salmon

Nicely browned

cubed potatoes

Cubed potatoes

potatoes frying

Fry the potatoes

Fry onions

onions and potatoes

Add potatoes back into the oil

Add tomatoes

Cover and cook

Cook till oil floats

Add salmon, cover and cook for a few minutes

Spicy garlic salmon


Salmon with potatoes

salmon and rice

Serve with rice

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Garlic salmon with potatoes and peas pulao


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Garlicky Salmon and potato cubes served on a bed of Peas Pulao
  • 1 lbs salmon cubed into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 lbs potatoes cubed into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 pods of garlic crushed
  • 1 large onion sliced fine
  • 2 cups tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger paste
  • 4 green chilies (jalapeno or Thai green chilies)
  • 1 finger long bar of cinnamon stick
  • ½ cup oil
  • Mustard oil for drizzle (optional)
For Marination
  • 1 tbsp. fresh garlic paste
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Marinade the salmon in garlic, turmeric and salt for 30 minutes.
Preparing the fish gravy:
  1. Heat oil in a flat deep pan.
  2. Working in batches, fry the fish pieces till they are golden brown from outside. Drain in a paper towel.
  3. Fry the potatoes till golden brown, drain and keep aside.
  4. In the remaining oil, add crushed garlic pods.
  5. Fry onions till translucent.
  6. Add potatoes, red chili powder and fry for a minutes.
  7. Chopped tomatoes go in next. Fry till they are soft.
  8. Lower the flame to low, cover, and cook for 5 minutes.
  9. Open the lid, add ginger paste, cinnamon, 2 green chilies and salt.
  10. Stir well, and cover again. Cook for on low for another 5 minutes.
  11. Check if potatoes are soft with a small fork or toothpick.
  12. Now add the salmon gently, making sure they are well coated with the gravy.
  13. Cover and cook on low for another 8 minutes.
  14. Uncover, add two more green chilies and drizzle mustard oil (optional)
  15. Garnish with cilantro.

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21 comments for “Garlicky Salmon and potato cubes served on a bed of Peas Pulao

  1. July 2, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Yum looks good! I love the close-up picture
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  2. July 2, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Yay for vacations! I can’t wait to see what you cook up 🙂 This looks delicious!
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  3. July 2, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Is it ok to admit I’m in the pea-hater, fish-lover group? I love the garlicky salmon and the rice, but I might have to forego the peas. Will you forgive me if I substitute the peas with another vegetable? Great recipe! Thank you for sharing. Happy 4th of July!!!
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    • July 2, 2012 at 10:48 PM

      Oh my! My son has grand company 😀

      You can actually make the rice without peas at all, and it will be just as yumm. You can have this fish with plain rice, or even bread. Happy 4th of July to you too!

  4. July 2, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    You’re making me hungry again!
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  5. CCU
    July 2, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Keep enjoying your holiday my friend 😀
    This dish looks absolutely delightful! I love how beautifully presented it is!
    All saucy and yum!

    Choc Chip Uru
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  6. July 3, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    great post, loved the pictures. my guess is that this can be made with most other seafish too. will definitely be trying it out.
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  7. Indrani
    July 3, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    looks yummy…will definitely try it….
    love the sequence of pictures on every step…

    • July 3, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      Thanks Indu! They are really good. Batana kaisi lagi.

  8. July 3, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    I love those cute little cubes in your dish … amazing 🙂
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    • July 3, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      Thanks so much CJ! I have another Food Story picture….will send it over soon. Hope you like it.

  9. July 3, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Yummy! A really flavourful and satisfying meal.
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    • July 3, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      Thanks Angie!

  10. July 3, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    I love how vacation gives you time to do the things you really enjoy in life…like cooking and enjoying food! This looks delicious, and I’m sure your kiddos loved the balanced dish!;-)
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    • July 3, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      Yes, they do 🙂 Thanks so much!

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