Sunday, August 18, 2013

Chettinad Fish Fry / Chettinad Meen Varuval / Masala Fish Fry - Chettinad Style

Today's recipe is a spicy n yummy Fish Fry from the popular south Indian Chettinad Cuisine. My kids love Salmon Fry but recently tried Fry with other fishes - king fish, Rohu fish. And also For a change tried Chettinad style fish fry. Me n H love Chettinad recipes and i cook often both vegetarian & non vegetarian recipes. This Chettinad Style Fish Fry is a spicy and tasty fry using freshly ground masala with pearl onions/shallots, ginger, garlic & other spices. This is a very simple and easy to make fish fry with ground masla and only one thing is necessary for this simple fry, that is marination duration, the more the resting time more the taste and flavor. I always marinate the fish by morning around 8-9 and make the fry around 2 or 3 pm. I shallow fried the fish but you can also deep fry or toast in tawa for healthier option.
This recipe was lying in my draft for more than 2 months and i completely forgot about it. Today while cleaning my disk i came across these pictures and decided to post it without any further delay. Now to the recipe..




Recipe source : Solai's True Chettinad kitchen
Ingredients
  1. Fish    1.2 lb
  2. Oil     as needed to shallow or deep fry.
  3. Salt     to taste
  4. Rice Flour    1 tbsp
  5. Besan Flour    1 tsp
Masala for Marination
  1. Pearl onion/Shallots   5 no.
  2. Garlic   3 fat cloves
  3. Ginger       1/2" piece
  4. Fennel seeds     1 tsp
  5. Cumin seeds      1/4 tsp
  6. Pepper corns      1 tsp
  7. Chilli powder     1 and 1/2 tsp
  8. Coriander powder  2 tsp


Method
  • Wash fish pieces thoroughly and drain well completely and keep aside.
  • Grind all the ingredients under the heading "Masala for Marination" to a smooth paste without water or using 1 tbsp water to a fine paste and transfer to a bowl add enough salt, mix well and keep ready.
  • Now take one piece and apply the masala paste all over the fish and do repeat the same for all the fish pieces and keep it aside for marination for at least 2-3 hours.
  • After that, heat oil in a pan...when it gets really hot place 1-2 pieces(based on the pan size) at a time 
  • and fry in low medium heat until the bottom turns crisp n light brown.
  • Now turn the other side and cook until it turns crisp and cooked well.
  • Then remove from the pan, drain it in paper towel and serve Hot with lemon wedges and sliced onions.

Notes:
Adding rice flour and besan flour helps to stick the masala to the fish while frying and also give nice crispy and tasty fry.
Adjust spices to your spice level, the above one is a medium spicy fish fry.
I have tried this recipe with king fish and Rohu fish(pictured one).

32 comments:

  1. spicy and falvorful... nice attempt..got to try this

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  2. delicious, i can have it anytime....
    http://raaazzzfoodlove.blogspot.in/

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  3. wow truly mouthwatering, I think will try this sometime, love the addition of flours and onion paste wow

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  4. super yummy....yaru venda nu solluvanga...morning eh vayille thanni vara vaikuringa...superb prep

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  5. Absolutely mouth watery fish fries. Spicy and toothsome.

    today's post:
    http://sanolisrecipies.blogspot.in/2013/08/chicken-tomato.html

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  6. Delicious! I love Meen Varuval..

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  7. Simply mouthwatering and looks so tempting.
    Deepa

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  8. Chettinad style fish fries are my weakness, its been a while i had fish fry, tempting and drooling here.

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  9. Love this spicy marination Sangee, will try for sure

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  10. Super delicious and such an aromatic fish fry love it dear...

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  11. That is one helluva fish fry! And in my house, my husband cannot do without fried fish with his rice.

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  12. One of my fav fish fry akka, how did u forget such a super recipe?! Love the flavors there Nice clicks :)

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  13. Super tempting fish fry, looks so nice.

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  14. very nice dish i will try this recipe

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  15. can we dry roast the spices first before grinding them to a paste?

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    1. Yes..if you want you can roast and grind it and use it for marination.

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  16. can i add lemon juice in marination pls reply. thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

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    1. Yes...you can add 1/2 to 1 tsp lemon juice.

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  17. hello sis, i tried it with prawns it was too good , very delicious , crispy fresh masalas...yummilicious. soon will try with fish but for now
    can you pls tell me how to roast baby potatoes with this masala, because husband is vegetarian.
    do i pre-boil in microwave and then roast the potatoes with this masala..pls advise for potatoes. thank you once again

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    1. Thank you so much for trying my recipes and for your prompt feed back too. Next time, if possible can you take a picture of the dish which you try from my site, a rough picture and email me @ sangeethaskitchen@gmail.com. So that i will share your picture on Spicy Treats Facebook page under the album Reader's testimonial. Thanks
      Now coming to your qstn, yes you can roast baby potatoes this way. First par boil the potatoes then using fork or tooth pick prick the potatoes and marinate with the masala, and roast it. Do try it and let me know how it turned out to you.

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  18. hi sis, will post the pic of fish as soon as i made. will let you know about the potatoes roast also. thank you once again
    i am eager and cant wait to see all your other recipes esp non veg, this is the first time i saw your blog and first dish i tried which was excellent.

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    1. Thanks again for your appreciation. Do try and share your feedback.

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  19. hi sis , made potatoes roast today it was good..only thing next time i would do is not to grind together shallots & gg paste with
    masalas but fry in pan separately (for potatoes) but for fish would follow exactly your method, add curry leaves mustard hing and add your recipe masala and while eating add lemon juice. let me know if you have suggestions.
    will post you the pic soon. thank you so much.

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  20. Tried this sumptuous recipe and it was a hit with my in laws, I added a handful of curry leaves to the masala and it stuck well while I fried them.
    Thank you for the recipe

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  21. Excellent recipe and was a hit with my in laws. THANKS FOR SHARING!

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  22. I am going to try this and send you the pictures .. cheers!!

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    1. thank you. Email your pictures to sangeethaskitchen@gmail.com id or send message via Spicy Treats' Facebook Page.

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