Fish Makhani – Fish in creamy sauce


The recipe I am giving here is adapted from ‘Only Fish recipes‘. Sonali’s fish recipes are to die for. Unfortunately, she has not been active since past three 4 months or so. She went MIA sometime in June and hasn’t been back. Hopefully everything is OK at her front.

Her recipe calls for microwave cooking. I tried that. While I found it delightful,my family wasn’t too crazy about it. So I went the traditional way and cooked it the way it’s normally cooked, but this time I used Sonali’s recipe as the base.

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Fish Makhani - Fish in creamy sauce
  • 1 lbs Tilapia, cut into 1" cubes and marinate with ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup of onions chopped fine
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste thinned with ¼ cup of water/ ½ cup of fresh tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp of yogurt whipped
  • 1 tbsp of tomato ketchup
  • ½ cup of milk
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp fresh cream
Make a paste of the following with 1 tbsp of water:
  • 1 tsp red crushed pepper
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • ½ tsp dried fenugreek leaves/kasoori methi
Coarsely grind the following:
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1" piece of ginger
  • 1 tsp of cumin seeds roasted
  • !To garnish
  • Fresh coriander leaves
  1. Fry the Tilapia pieces lightly in oil. Keep aside.
  2. Add butter to the oil and fry ginger garlic and cumin paste.
  3. Add onions.
  4. When they become translucent, add the masala paste.
  5. Fry for 30 seconds, and then add tomato puree.
  6. Cook till oil leaves sides.
  7. Lower the flame and add whipped yogurt.
  8. Add salt to taste.
  9. Stir, now gently add the fish. Turn them over to coat them evenly with the gravy.
  10. Cook for a minute, then add milk.
  11. Cover and cook for 2 more minutes.
  12. At this point, stir very gently, else the fish will break.
  13. Garnish with coriander leaves and cream and serve hot.


6 comments for “Fish Makhani – Fish in creamy sauce

  1. December 12, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    I love the flavours of Makhani but never thought to pair it with fish; here in Toronto the Indians usually pair it with paneer or chicken. It’s nice to see that your recipe is not too rich, the restaurants here put a lot of butter and cream into this gravy.
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  2. December 13, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Tilapia is such a versatile fish and really affordable, so I love finding new uses for it. Thanks for the recipe!
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  3. January 22, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    wow, what a lovely dish..
    eversince i made my homemade garam masala i just explore indian recipes even more than ever….
    when i comes to your blog, what a pleasure for me..
    thx for sharing
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    • January 22, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      Thanks so much :)Welcome!!

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