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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sardine Fry / Mathi (Chala) Varuthathu

Sardine fry/ Mathi Varuthathu,a common menu entity in our place in Kerala and a popular one.I love this sardine fry very much compared to other smaller fish fries.I think many other Keralites would agree with me too though it leaves a strong odour when cleaned & fried.Earlier this fish was a common man's fish or a poor man's fish as it was very cheap but these days sardine fish prices have also gone high.Anyways,that apart from the recipe,this is a very simple delicious fry.Do check this out & enjoy !!


Ingredients
sardines 6( cleaned & cut)
chilly powder 2 1/2 tsp(refer notes)
pepper powder 1/2 -3/4tsp
turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
salt
curry leaves few sprigs
Oil for shallow frying


Method
-Clean the fish and rub it with salt & lime juice.Leave for 8-10 minutes.Wash under running water and then make 3-4 gashes on each side of the fish.(Sardine always leaves a bad odour when cleaning though tasty after its fried)
-Drain all water,Take the other ingredients in a bowl except fish and oil make a smooth paste adding few drops of water.
-Gently rub the paste all over the fish and leave for marination for 3/4-1 hour.
-Heat oil in a non stick pan preferably.When the oil is hot,drop a sprig of curry leaf and then place the fishes.Place heat on medium flame.(TIP: Curry leaf prevents the fish from sticking to the pan)
-Fry the fish one side,turn and fry both sides evenly.Drain on a paper towel to avoid excess oil.
-Serve hot with steamed rice !!


Servings ~ 6 fish fry

NOTES
* Please modify the spices according to your tolerance levels.
* If you wish to add flavors,then you can add a tsp of ginger-garlic paste too though I haven't used that.


40 comments:

Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Yumm,super crispy sardine fry,just love it.

Shailaja Reddy said... Best Blogger Tips

Simple & tasty delicious fish fry.

DivyaGCP said... Best Blogger Tips

Tempting and delicious fish fry.. My mom used to make it..

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Saraswathi Tharagaram said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfectly fried and it looks soo crispy dear..

Swathi Iyer said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious mathi fry Julie.

divya said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks awesome & mouthwatering.

Sravs said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice inviting fry !!

Reshmi Mahesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Aaa bagathekki shift cheyannam ennu thonnunu...Ella sadanavum kittum alle...Mathi fry kandittu kothiyavunnu...

Familycook said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie, this is another drool worthy post:)

Amina Khaleel said... Best Blogger Tips

sardines look delicious and flavourful... perfect with rice and dal...

Jemini said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious chala fry.i like fried chala than curried one. me too did yesterday.

Sebeena Loyd said... Best Blogger Tips

kothiyavunnu......

Sanoli Ghosh said... Best Blogger Tips

Don't want anything more, only this fish fry with dal rice is sufficient for lunch or dinner. Absolutely yummy fish fry...

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Priti S said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks gud ...nice one

Shabitha Karthikeyan said... Best Blogger Tips

Very tempting fish recipe. Never tried that curry leaf technique. Sounds interesting !!

Rashida shaikh said... Best Blogger Tips

This is nice with few ingredients.
If will discuss price rate of everything we have to make separate post for it ;) right?

Poorni said... Best Blogger Tips

so crispy..

Vimitha Anand said... Best Blogger Tips

I love chala fry... But we are not getting them here.. Drooling for some

Shruti Dhingra Wahi said... Best Blogger Tips

This recipe we makeit often as liked by everyone at home :-)

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Priya Satheesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this!!!!!

Anu said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice clicks..looks yummy..

Ola said... Best Blogger Tips

perfect simple dish!

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Coral Crue said... Best Blogger Tips

great curry leaf tip, although how long should i fry each side please?

Asmath Nawaz said... Best Blogger Tips

My favourite too....looks very tempting.....

Reshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

:) all time fav... kothivarunnu

Divya Pramil said... Best Blogger Tips

My mom and I prepare it the same way Julie.. Love it with sambar and dal, also with curd...Yum!!!

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Meg's Delicious Adventures said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy inviting sardines.
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Princy Vinoth said... Best Blogger Tips

all time favorite!pass me the plate

Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

Ho,manushyane ingane kothippikkaruthu..!

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanx all..:)
@Reshmi Mahesh Most welcome dear,vannolu:)

cookingvarieties said... Best Blogger Tips

hi julie, how are you. i am back after my parents health improved and my net connection ok.
must try fried sardine with curry leaves.. i have always been using the sauce as well. have a nice day

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Coral Crue It totally depends on the thickness of the fish dear,anyways average it takes about 4-5mins each side on medium flame,the other side takes slightly lesser time probably 3 mins;Hope that helps:)

Jehanne said... Best Blogger Tips

this is my hubby's favourite, and quickly became my favourite too! I shall try your masala version next time;-)

faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

Adipoli clicks....super yummy

Shobha said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy meal.

Lizy said... Best Blogger Tips

These are lovely cuties..mouth watering..

ജയരാജ്‌മുരുക്കുംപുഴ said... Best Blogger Tips

ആശംസകള്‍............... ബ്ലോഗില്‍ രണ്ടു പുതിയ പോസ്റ്റുകള്‍........ വിലക്കുകള്‍ ഇല്ലാത്ത ലോകത്തിലേക്ക്‌, തനിയാവര്‍ത്തനം ...... വായിക്കണേ.............

Beena.stephy said... Best Blogger Tips

WOOW ADIPOLI CHALA FRY MY FAVOURITE

thoushaltcook said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie,

I have awarded you One Lovely Blog award at my space.
Please find the details as under:
http://thoushaltcook.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/one-lovely-blog-award-my-first-award-ever/

Cheers,
Pallavi

PT said... Best Blogger Tips

love this fish taste.. but scared of its mullu..