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Mathi Fry Kerala Nadan and with Green Pepper Corn

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Mathi Fry Kerala

The ‘everyday fish’ of Kerala. Caught fresh and fried for lunch time is a must in many a kerala kitchen! Fried Sardines Mathi Fry Kerala is so tasty and you can never have just one. I have included the simple traditional everyday recipe as well as the very yummy version with fresh green pepper corns. Take your pick!

Mathi Fry Kerala




The ‘everyday fish’ of Kerala. Caught fresh and fried for lunch time is a must in many a kerala kitchen! Fried Sardines Mathi Fry Kerala is so tasty and you can never have just one. I have included the simple traditional everyday recipe as well as the very yummy version with fresh green pepper corns. Take your pick!

Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 40 mins Plus Refrigeration
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

For everyday Mathi Fry Kerala:

  • 10-12 Sardines, washed,cleaned  and ‘score ‘(diagonal cuts to the skin) on both sides lightly
  • ½ tsp salt (approx)
  • 2 tsp chilly powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp each minced garlic  and ginger squeezed to obtain only the juice.(optional)
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  •  a handful of curry leaves
  • coconut oil for frying

For Special Mathi Fry Kerala with Green Pepper Corns:

  • 10-12 Sardines, washed,cleaned  and ‘score ‘(diagonal cuts to the skin) on both sides lightly
  • ½ tsp salt (approx)
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 ½ Tbsp fresh green pepper corns, stripped from the stem
  • 5 cloves garlic if using the small variety or 3 cloves if using the large ones (keep the skin intact)
  • a handful of curry leaves
  • coconut oil for frying



Method:

For everyday Kerala Mathi fry:

  • Wash the cleaned, scored fish. Rub with salt – leave a couple of minutes and wash off thoroughly.
  • Marinate the fish with all ingredients except the vinegar for 10-30 minutes.
  • Now rub the vinegar into the fish to evenly distribute.
  • Heat Coconut oil in a frying pan or griddle pan to a medium heat. Add the curry leaves. Hear the splutter.
  • Now add and fry the fish on one side, undisturbed till golden brown and crisp. Then turn over and fry the other side . Fry in batches so that the individual pieces  do not overlap while frying. Fry uncovered on low to moderate heat; around 5  minutes each side depending on the  fleshiness of the fish.

For Special Kerala Mathi fry with Green Pepper Corns:

  • Wash fish. Rub with salt – leave a couple of minutes and wash off thoroughly. Drain.
  • Crush the green pepper corns  thoroughly using a pestle and mortar or grinder (slightly grainy)
  • Add the garlic cloves with skin and crush this as well till the skin is well mashed into the mixture and no longer visible. Keeping the skin on, adds depth of flavor)
  • Mix turmeric and salt into this mixture well.
  • With hands, rub the mixture into one scored fish at a time, making sure the paste enters the slits we have cut into the fish. Rub well on both sides.
  • Once all the fish is marinated. Leave aside for about 20 minutes.
  • Heat coconut oil in a shallow pan, Add the fish pieces as the oil is getting hot. Bring to sizzle.
  • Reduce heat and allow to fry untouched till bottom is crisped.
  • Turn and fry the other side. when almost done, add the curry leaves and shake the pan, so that the leaves toss in the grits in the pan and are lightly fried.
  • Keep covered with foil (once cooled) if not serving right away.

 

 

Mathi Fry Kerala

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Hint:

To remove the smell of fried fish throughout the household..

  1. After frying fish, heat a clean pan and add either  a spoonfull of dry coffee beans or  the same amount of instant coffee diluted in a little  hot water to make a thick liqueur.  Continue till the pan becomes smoky without burning.and this will replace the fishy smell with that of coffee.. Try it out!
  2. Wrap cinnamon sticks loosely in aluminum foil.  Place the cinnamon sticks in an oven preheated to 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.  The cinnamon will remove odors and fill your home with a pleasant aroma.

 

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  1. Good one!!Looks tempting and i’m going to try this 🙂

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