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Kerala Fish Fry/ Chala/ Sardine Fry

Chala/Sardine Fish Fry

Spicy sardine fry with rice is my absolute comfort food.Curried or fried sardine fish tastes delicious. This small oily fish has great flavor and rich in protein, calcium and fatty acids.
Sardine/ Chala/Mathi is easily available in Kerala and this fish is prepared in so many different ways. Talk to any  Malayali, they will all agree, fried or curried this little fish is a winner. My personal favorite is this quick and easy fry. These pictures were taken during our recent visit to Kerala. It was the rainy season and we were lucky to enjoy this yummy fish fry. Earlier I posted another version of this fish fry along with crispy onions. This is just a quick recipe. Try this, you will surely love it.

Mathi/ Sardine- 6
Kashmir Chilly powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek powder- a pinch (optional)
Ginger paste-1 tsp
Lemon juice- 1/2 tsp
salt to taste
Curry Leaves a few
Coconut oil for frying

Clean fish and squeeze some lemon juice and 1/2 tsp salt,rub on the fish and then give a
final rinse. Make 5 to 6 gashes on both sides of the fish.
Make a marinade for the fish by mixing chilly powder, turmeric powder,pepper powder,fenugreek powder,ginger paste and salt. Sprinkle little water and lemon juice to make a 
smooth paste.
Marinate the fish with this paste.Apply on the fish and inside the cavities
and let it  marinate for 5-6 minutes.
Heat coconut oil in medium flame and place the fish in a single layer. While frying add a few curry leaves. Shallow fry on medium heat till both sides are evenly brown and crispy. It will take two to three minutes on both sides. Serve with rice and moru curry/ yogurt curry.

If you like Sardine here are a few earlier posts..

Mathi/Sardine Pollichathu
Sardine Fry with Onions
Mathi Puliyum Mulakum
Spicy Chilly Sardine/Mathi Adukkiyathu
Meen Mulakittathu

See Also

For more fish recipes check my page 100 Fish and Other Seafood Recipes

Try this,
Hope you will all enjoy!

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