Monday 14 December 2009

Meen Varuval (Fish Fry)

As I was brought up in a coastal area, precisely in Pondicherry, a small paradise which overlooks the Bay of Bengal, seafood has always been a major part of our regular meals and we used to have fish in particular, at least 3 or 4 days a week.

I love fish fries with Curd Rice (reminds me of my childhood days when we used to go to Velangani for excursions, a place located on the Coromandel coast, in Tamil Nadu. I remember, though the trip was meant to be a religious tour (as the place has a Catholic Church dedicated to "Our Lady of Health" ) my sister & I, were truly devoted to the Curd Rice and hot fried fish they serve in the restaurants facing the sea. Am I right Eli? :)  As this part of the country is very hot, we used to love the soothing curd rice along with these fresh fish fries and each time we went there, we awaited this eating moment eagerly. Hmmmmmmm, that was pure heaven!! Treasurable souvenirs of the wonderful days back in India........

As you might already know, whatever fish you buy, pick up the ones with a shiny skin, stretched tight and springy to touch, with a firm flesh and with dark uniform gills and the eyes should be well bulged. This is a quick and simple way of relishing the fine and delicate flavour of the fish (I' ve used Silver Hake, a mild-flavoured, flaky and moist salt water fish ).

Ingredients:
1 kg fish
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp chilly powder
2 tbsp corn flour
150 ml lime juice
salt
1 tsp garlic paste
500ml oil

Method:
Prepare the fish (Remove the scales and the gills; Make a cut from the gills to the vent and remove the entrails. Rinse the cavity well. Wash the fish inside and outside in fresh cold water. Pat dry with a kitchen towel. Chop into two or 3 pieces ) if you want it whole, then skip the above and make deep slits on both sides of the fish.

In a wide bowl, add the lime juice, salt, turmeric powder, cumin powder, chilly powder and the garlic paste . Mix well to make a paste. Correct the taste if necessary.
Take a piece of fish at a time and apply the prepared paste all over the fish pieces. Cover with a plastic food wrapper and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Just before frying the fish, toss all the pieces gently in the corn flour and fry in preheated oil on medium flame for about 5 minutes each side until crispy and brown. (Adjust the cooking time according to the thickness of the fish pieces) Once the fish is properly fried, Remove and place it on a power towel to remove the excess fat. Serve it hot. Enjoy!!!

PS: Reduce or increase the ingredients (chilly powder) according to your tastes.

23 comments:

Priya said...

Superb fish fry, i too love fish fries with curd rice, my all time favourite combination..crispy fry makes me hungry..

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Super with rasam rice....nice click.

Gulmohar said...

Love fish fry..and actually this is the fish dish I like the most :-)Looks crispy and spicy

mona said...

Fried fish reminds me of my childhood too. The clicks are delicious!

kothiyavunu said...

Slurp!! mouthwatering fish fry, feel like finishing that...Tempting click...:)

Aysha said...

Yummy fish fry...wish i cld have them now

Cham said...

Except Satu and sunday, my mom included fish! I love rasam rice and fish fry! U make me drool and nostalgic! I went to Vellangani two years back with some pullihora! Didn't buy the fish fry in stalls:( because I had to visit some other temples...

Sarah Naveen said...

oh dea..!!! fish fry looks gorgeous and yummy..
U know wat i share the same nostalgia of having instant fried fish and rice from the sea side restaurants in velankanni..oh u made me nostalgic...

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Tina said...

Tempting fish fryyyy.....

Padma said...

Looks very tempting :)

Sushma Mallya said...

crispy and spicy fish,love fish fry but i do it in a different way,surely ur version too looks mouthwatering and will def try this one next time..

vineetha said...

wow...I m drooling here..Fish fries are my weakness..Adding lime juice and cornflour to fish fry is new to me.Tempting clicks

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy yummy..tasty tasty

Vrinda said...

Tempting fish fry...yumm

Dolly said...

WOW, One more gorgeous and yummy recipe. Absolutely love ur Crispy mouth watering Fish Fry. Beautiful Clicks. Tres Tres Tres Bien !!!!

Latha said...

Yummy fish fry....perfect pics....very inviting ;).

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

I love to have fried fish with tamarind rice...lookss so spicyoo...

Viki's Kitchen said...

mmm..what a temptation da. Your article kindled my memories on our Velankanni tours. Love the Church, mass, sea breeze , calm night, enormous shopping and finally the rest at the beach with a plate of whole fish deep fried.....what a thought :) Thanks for the fish fry recipe dear. Yours turned out so crispy n cute. Yes, I agree ...with curd rice it will taste heavenly. I love it with rasam rice too:)

Poornima Nair said...

Could have this anytime...looks delicious.

Malar Gandhi said...

I could imagine life' at sea coast areas, heaven!!! Though I was raised in diff' place, managed to enjoy the sea food in my dinner plate...on regular basis. Same pinch...enjoy fried fish with thayir saadham.:) Agree with you...Enjoyed meen varuval in Hogennakkal' fresh caught, deep fried in front of us...steaming hot' spiceee - Heaven. Been to Velanganni during school tour', but never chanced to relish fried fish:( Will keep this info' in mind.

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear akal
Wao , you are from Pondichery? It is my childhood dream to visit Sri Aravindo Ashram, but never materialized! sigh !
What a lovely piece of writing about your journey to Velangani, curd rice , fish fry hmmm, those were the days...
I see , you have honors in fish buying and cutting too ( other than PhD in cooking). (I shall tell you the story of Honors). And the fish must have been more happy in your hands than the tigress prawn in mine.
I will fry some sweet water fish with this recipe. It is really nice, the dash of corn flour is the key!!!
I cant eat sea fish in Delhi. It is no good., Last 9 years in Korea and Kuwait I had eaten to my heart all the sea fish, so fresh and tasty. Even munching a cute little live Octopus with wasabi sauce was great ( not quite great ha ha )
Have a nice day

Lavanya Siva said...

hmmmmmmmmm super dooper fry. everytime when i visit your blog , you make me feel hungry.

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