Monday, September 14, 2015

Chala Meen Fry Recipe | Mathi Meen Varuval | Indian style Sardines Fish Fry

Chala Meen/Sardines fish are commonly available in our hometown. It is very cheap, yet tasty and packed with loads of nutrients. They are rich in Omega 3 fatty acid, Vitamin B12, Calcium and Protein. When we get chala, mom makes curry with half the quantity and she will fry the remaining. In Chennai, I usually do not go for Chala since Happy don't prefer it much. But this is Jany's all time favorite fish fry, which he starts eating as and when it is fried. So, I get it once in a while for him. When we go to Nagercoil, I will ask Vanitha akka to fry it for him. During our last Christmas vacation, I clicked this there. Only the cleaning part takes time and we can fry it in a jiffy. Here, we go for the preparation steps:

Chala Meen(Sardines Fish) - 20 nos 
Oil - as required(To Shallow fry)
To Marinate: 
Chilli Powder - 2 tsp 
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp 
Pepper powder - 1 tsp 
Salt - as required 
Lemon - 1/2(Optional)
1. Clean the fish removing the scales, head and tail portion. Give one or two slits in the body of the fish for the masala to enter into it. Mix the chilli powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder and salt with little water. Coat the fish with this masala. Allow it to rest for 20 to 30 minutes.
2. In a pan, add some oil and shallow fry the fish for 4 to 5 mins in medium flame. Flip and cook the other side as well for 4 to 5 mins. Drain it in tissue paper and serve. 
Serve fried fish with steamed rice,  Rasam or Sambhar. You can have it with Fish Curry too. In the pictures, I have served it with Nethili Meen Mango Curry and Lady's Finger Poriyal.
Points to remember:
  • Ginger garlic paste can also be added along with the masala.
  • If you prefer you can deep fry the fish. If you deep fry it, add little gram flour(kadala Maavu) for better flavour. 
  • This fish smells bad while cleaning, but it tastes really good.
Warm Regards,
Happy's Cook - Divya


  1. Kothipichille....I am literally drooling here

  2. great post , the way of explaining points is amazing , and i found your blog also very cool. keep it up

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