Deep-fried whitebait with garlic dip

  • 10 mins preparation
  • 45 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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These crunchy little deep-fried whitebait are a real treat, especially dunked in delicious cucumber garlic dip. They make a great starter, or a great platter for sharing with friends.
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Cucumber garlic dip
  • 20 gram (¾ ounce) ghee
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground coriander and ground cumin
  • 3/4 cup (210g) yoghurt
  • 1 lebanese cucumber (130g), seeded, chopped finely
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Deep-fried whitebait
  • 1 cup (150g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • 500 gram (1 pound) whitebait
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying


Deep-fried whitebait with cucumber garlic dip
  • 1
    To make cucumber garlic dip; heat ghee in small saucepan; cook ground spices, stirring, until fragrant, cool. Combine yoghurt, cucumber, garlic and juice in small bowl for dip; stir in spice mixture.
  • 2
    Combine flour and fresh coriander in large bowl; add whitebait, in batches, toss until coated.
  • 3
    Heat oil in medium saucepan; deep-fry whitebait, in batches, until browned and cooked through. Drain on absorbent paper.
  • 4
    Serve with cucumber garlic dip.

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