Wednesday 15 January 2014

Nethili Meen Varuval Recipe/Nethili Meen Fry Recipe/Anchovies Fish Fry Recipe/Nethili Meen Varuval Recipe with Step by step photos

Anchovies/Nethili Meen are small, shiny, silver fish found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. They are found in temperate waters and are very rare or absent in very cold or very warm seas. Nethili meen/Anchovies is a versatile fish with different dishes are prepared like Nethili meen kuzhambu, Nethili Meen thithippu, Nethili karuvadu fry etc. For now I am sharing a very easy and quick Nethili Meen Varuval/Anchovies Fry. Meanwhile do check out other interesting Mutton RecipesFish Recipes and Chicken Recipes here.

Here’s how to make Nethili Meen Varuval with step by step photos…


Nethili Meen/Anchovies
Ginger & Garlic Paste
2 tsp
Red chilli powder
2  tsp
Coriander powder
1  tsp
Turmeric powder
¼ tsp
Cumin powder
½ tsp
Garam masala powder
¼ tsp
Lemon juice
½ tsp
Corn flour /Rice flour
1 tbsp
Curry leaves
For garnishing
As needed
For shallow frying
Preparation time: 20 minutes[ includes cleaning]
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4-5
Author: Priya Anandakumar
Recipe Category: Side Dish
Recipe Cuisine: TamilNadu, India

Meanwhile do check out other interesting Mutton RecipesFish Recipes and Chicken Recipes here.
Remove the head and clean the anchovies/nethili meen  really well. Wash them thoroughly for about 3 to 4 times with fresh water. Drain out all the water and pat them dry.

Take the Anchovies/Nethili Meen in wide bowl.

Add the ginger & garlic paste, red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder, lemon juice, corn flour and salt to the anchovies/nethili meen and mix well until the masala coats in each and every fish.

Cover and let it marinate for about 1 to 1 ½ hours.

Heat about 2 to 3 tbsp of oil in pan. Add the anchovies to oil and fry them well on all sides until the color changes to golden brown. Do not overcrowd the pan, add about 10 pieces or more depending on the size of the pan.

Similarly fry all the anchovies/nethili meen.

I have shallow fried the fish, you can deep fry the fish with more oil.

Finally in the same oil fry the curry leaves until crisp, sprinkle on the fried anchovies. Serve this hot Nethili Meen Varuval with simple rasam and white rice.

Super delicious and mouth-watering Nethili meen varuval is ready to be enjoyed.

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  1. crispy fried fish. Love them. Nice clicks.

  2. Yum to the scent of curry leaves and the spiciness. The fish is available over here but I am just too lazy to clean them up. Yet its a beautiful dish which my other half will love to the max.

  3. wowwww never says no to this tasty fish fry..yumm!!

  4. yummy netholi this...

  5. 1 of my fav fish..yummmy...i want 1 ....just 1...

  6. oh you are tempting me priya...fresh nethili - that is something i can never imagine to get here...lovely dish and yumm with warm rice or curd rice too

  7. tempting fry, u r lucky to get this nethili fish :-)

  8. oh these are my favorite....I want it like now...see what u did to me :(....we do get it here but they are huge in size so don't taste good and moreover frying at home stinks the whole house

  9. Fried fish looks too tempting..

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