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Netholi Meen Fry

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Times Food
14th August, 2019 16:31 IST

This South Indian indulgence is something that will tickle your taste buds and give you a taste of your life which you have been longing for! The spicy and crispy anchovy fish is marinated in a mixture of a variety of deliciously blended components and deep-fried to give a divine flavour to this delight. Call it Naitholi, Kozhuva or Anchovy, Naithili or Chooda, this Kerala speciality is going to take you places along with amazing health. Did you know, anchovy fish is low in fats and high in proteins and also provides for a magnificent aid in weight loss? Perfect for a variety of occasions and special events, this first-class recipe is going to add colours to your happiness and jazz up the fun while keeping up the celebration mood on. There is nothing difficult in making this recipe, just marinate the fish in a melange of basic spices and other ingredients and deep fry it. You will get that perfect crispy fish fry that will help you become the star of the event and sweep in all the praises showered upon you. Just try out this easy recipe of Naitholi Meen Fry and impress all the people around you with your marvellously out of the box culinary skills. Just head to the kitchen and get started! (Recipe: Chef Manish Kusumwal, Keys Hotels)


500 gm anchovy fish

1 tablespoon rice flour

2 sprigs curry leaves

2 lemon

0 refined oil as required

0 onion rings as required

8 shallots (small onions)

1/2 inch ginger

10 cloves garlic

2 teaspoon spice chili powder

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon lime juice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon coriander seeds

How to make Netholi Meen Fry

Step 1

Wash and pat dry all the anchovy fish and keep them aside. Now take a grinder and add shallots, ginger, garlic, chili powder, black pepper, turmeric, lime juice, salt and coriander seeds to it. Also add enough amount of water and grind all the ingredients together to make a smooth paste for marination. Now, put the fish in the marinade along with crushed coriander seeds and curry leaves. Keep it aside for around 30 minutes.

Step 2

In the meanwhile, preheat the oil in a wok or a kadhai. Further, take a large mixing bowl, mix rice flour with a small amount of water and stir to make a smooth paste. By now, even the fish would have been marinated as well. Dip the marinated fish into the rice flour paste to give a crispy touch to the dish.

Step 3

Now, put the fish to deep fry over a medium flame until it turns a gorgeous golden brown and crispy. Transfer the fried fishes to an absorbing towel to drain excess oil. Garnish resplendently with lemon wedges and onion rings. Enjoy hot and fresh. (Note: If you like, you can even use coconut oil for frying as it would add an delicious coconut touch to your dish.)

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