Fish Manchurian

Earlier, traditional dishes like Luqmi-Kawab, Mirchi Ka Salan, Kacche Gosht ki Biryani and desserts/meetha like Double ka Meetha and Gajar ka Halwa were a sure sight at any Hyderabadi wedding on the dinner tables. With passing time and generations, this has changed. A modern take on several authentic dishes and innovative techniques to present them is todays mantra. Among them, ‘Apollo fish’ is a seafood manchurian type of dish that is getting very popular nowadays, which more and more Bawarchis are prefering to include in the menus, and quite liked by common masses.

Apollo fish (or) Fish Manchurian

The below recipe is my imitation of ‘Apollo Fish’. I do not know why is it called particularly as ‘Apollo’ fish, but I sure am among those ardent lovers of this Hyderabadi seafood dish. Your friends will definitely enjoy this very light and tangy platter of fish.

Apollo fish (or) Fish Manchurian


Any firm boneless fish fillets – 500 gms, cubed into bite size pieces (you can even use frozen fish fillets)
For Batter:
Gram flour/Besan – 2 tbsp
All Purpose flour/Maida – 1 tbsp
Corn Flour – 2 tbsp
Ginger garlic paste – 2 tsp
Roasted Coriander powder – 1/4 tsp
Roasted Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder – 1 1/2 tsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Water – to make batter
Egg – 1, large
For Baghaar:
Canola Oil
Ginger Garlic paste – 2 tsp
Fresh Curry leaves – about 20
Green, Yellow, Orange and Red bell peppers – 1/2 cup, cut into strips
Soya Sauce – 3 tbsp
Lemon juice – 3 tbsp
Mint and Cilantro leaves – 2 tbsp each, finely chopped, for garnish


1. In a bowl add the ingredients for batter and mix them well to make a batter. Add the fish cubes and gently mix with a spoon so that each piece gets completely covered with the batter.
2. Add a little bit of oil to a large non-stick frying pan at medium low heat and as soon as it gets warm, add the fish cubes in a single layer. Shallow fry them till they are golden brown on each side. Repeat until all the fish cibes are done. Remove in a platter and keep aside.
3. In the same frying pan, add a few drops  of oil and throw in the ginger garlic paste. Stir fry it till it is golden brown. Add the curry leaves and peppers. Saute it for 2 minutes. Pour in the soya sauce and add the fried fish cubes. With a rubber spatula, gently mix them all. Cover the lid and let cook for 2-4 minutes.
4. Add lemon juice and serve warm immediately.

Suggested Accompaniments: Enjoy the manchurian along with roti, rice or as a snack.


17 thoughts on “Fish Manchurian

  1. ASAK Monaji,

    I have tried several recipes of yours n everyone was perfect and delicious. But this recipe was totally failed.I used frozen fish.The output was like fish pakoda.The flour coated fish pieces n when I shallow fry them , thtey became like any other aloo pakora.Moreover when I give it Baghar they became very soft.Kindly suggest some tips to make it exact as your pic. looks.

  2. hey! this is the recipe i was looking for desperately all over the web and that is why i logged on your site and lo! i found it at last!!!! i am going to make it now! thanx a lottttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. hey Mona, this looks really yummy! When I was in Hyderabad, I had fried fish strips which were dry, I think grooms these days have become very unconventional! Its ages since I attended a Hyderabadi wedding yaar:-(
    which fish did se to make this?can we cube large king fish and make this munchurian? really this looks absoltely delectable!

  4. Wow!! Mona…apollo fish!!! finallly…have been waiting for this one since a long time
    Also, have a happy , healthy and prosperous new year….

  5. lovely recipe mona…my husband loves sea food..will try it this weekend…people r damm crazy abt apollo fish bck in hyd…thanks for posting…hey do u get fresh boneless fish???..i usually get hamour fry or make a gravy out of it..let me know how should i find boneless…as i hav no idea…

    Anjum, when you are buying fish, ask your butcher to cut boneless fish pieces for you, or they are also available frozen packed in the cold storage section in markets. ~Mona

  6. hello monaji, lovely preparation. i wud like to call it as a FUSSION dish as real manchurian dish dst have indian spices. m i correct madam! thanks.

  7. ASAK Mona,

    Lovely recipe! Just wondering if the fish can be baked instead of shallow frying?
    mmm..cant wait to try it!

    Anhar bh, I have not tried baking the flour coated fish cubes. I suggest you shallow fry them in little Canola oil. ~Mona

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