Fish Fry(Meen Varuthadu)


Fish fry is one of the most commonly made side dish in Kerala homes. Growing up, I wasn’t a great fan of fish. Even today, I am not. But anyday, I would prefer Fish fry to Fish curry. Coming to US and having to cook by myself made me realize that one could crave for food which they hate!!! I used to hate fish. But after I came to US, there was no one to force me to eat fish. So I was happy about not having to deal with fish anymore. But after few months or an year, I got a craving to eat Fish!! Of all the things, fish??? Well, I had to deal with my fish craving. So then, for the first time, I bought fish and made it.

Ever since, I make fish occasionally. I am not a great fan of the deep fried fish that you normally get in restaurants. But I kind of like this fish fry that my mom makes. It has a very unique taste and its shallow fried. So it is softer(than its deep fried counter parts) and uses less oil 🙂 You could slice the fish into smaller pieces and fry them. I guess, that is even better coz the masala gets applied to most area of the fish. I usually make it that way. This time I just tried to fry the entire fish coz I saw it being served this way in a restaurant we went last week 😉



Black pomfret – 400 gms
Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt – to taste(approx. 1 tsp)
Rava/ Semolina – 1 tsp
Oil – 5 tbsp

To grind:-

Shallots – 10 nos
Garlic – 3-4 pods
Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
Black peppercorns – 1 tsp
Vinegar – 3/4 tsp


1. Clean and wash the fish.
2. In a mixie/grinder, grind all the ingredients listed under ‘To grind’ section, to a smooth paste.
3. Marinate the fish with red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and the ground mixture. Apply on both sides of the fish.
4. You can marinate the fish overnight for best results. If not, keep it atleast for an hour.
5. Heat oil in a pan. Sprinkle rava on the marinated fish. This will help the marinade to stick to the fish while frying. Fry the fish in medium high flame.
6. Fry both sides till it becomes brown and is fully cooked. Use a fork/tongs to turn the fish easily.

Serve with rice or as appetizer!

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