Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Nethili Karuvadu Varuval / Dry Anchovy Fry !

A Non vegetarian recipe after ages... yes.. my trip to India helped me to cook and click more non veg dishes especially fishes and dry fishes. Both are my favourite.. and i just love the dry fish thokku.
Hot rasam rice with this fry or thokku is heavenly.
Many people have an aversion towards the odour of uncooked dry fish. But once cooked they smell nice and tastes awesome. :)


  • 250 gms dry anchovies
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 3 - 4 tbsp oil
  • few curry leaves

  • Pluck the heads of the anchovies using hand.
  • Wash them well 3 to 4 times until they are nice and clean.
  • Soak them in water for 10 - 15 minutes.

  • After soaking , drain the water completely and add turmeric powder, chilli powder and little coriander powder.
  • Add very little salt as the dry fish already will have enough salt added for preserving it.
  • Drizzle some oil and mix well so that each and every fish is coated well with the masala.

  • In a pan, heat 3 - 4 tbsp of oil and once hot add curry leaves (i forgot to add).
  • Then add the fish and saute them well in the oil.

  • Continue frying and if you feel they are getting burnt sprinkle some water and close the pan and keep for 5 minutes so that the fish gets cooked well.
  • Then again fry the fish till all the water is gone and fish is cooked well and turns slightly crispy at the edges.

Note: The lighting was very bad in kitchen when i took those stepwise pics. so you can see the difference in color of the fish in the final pic when compared to the stepwise pic :(

With Love,


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  2. The scratches which will develop in the pan will make the food stick to it. Too many scratches may also lead to rusting in some pans. Original Green Pan