Kerala fish fry (meen varuthathu) recipe:
Avoli a.k.a pomfret is a family favorite....when my achachen visited me 2 days back he bought frozen pomfret all the way from Trivandrum to Calicut....we Keralites are fish lovers, fish is a staple among non-vegetarians. Kerala fish fry is easy to make and frying in coconut oil makes it all the more yummy.
I am very particular about the red chilly variety I use, I only use Kashmiri Red Chilly known in Malayalam as "piriyan mulaku". This chilly has very mild heat and the colour stands out....thus there is no need to add any red color to the dish. It is a sort of ritual for me that just before the monsoons I buy kilos of Kashmiri Chilly, sun dry it and powder it in the local mill, as I am a bit weary of using ready made powders.
I have marinated the fish with chilly powder, a bit of pepper powder, turmeric, salt and kudumpuli neeru or juice of kokum and shallow fried the fish....the result was mouthwatering...my family loved it with hot steaming rice...you will love this as much as I did.
Also check out my Grilled fish recipe.
Kerala fish fry recipe:
Make a paste with chilly powder, pepper, turmeric, salt, and kumpuli with little water.(if using lime juice then sometimes water will not be needed at all to bind the paste).
Rub it all over the fish and keep aside for at least half an hour.
In a nonstick pan, heat 2 tbsp oil and shallow fry the fish. Lastly put the curry leaves in the same oil, fry it, and sprinkle on top of the fish for that added flavor.
Serve with sliced onions.