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Anchovies Fry

- submitted by Grace Sam on 25th June 2013

(Nethli Varuval, Podimeen Varuthathu, Kerala Anchovy Fry)

Netholi (Anchovies) -  1 lb (about 500 gms)
Coconut Oil - as needed for frying 

For marination
Lemon Juice - 1 tblsp
Red chilly powder - 1 tblsp 
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 1/2 tsp 
Black pepper powder -  1/2 tsp 
Fennel powder - 1 pinch 
Ginger crushed - 1/2 " piece 
Garlic crushed - 4 cloves 
Curry leaves - 3 sprigs  
Salt - to taste 
1. Clean the fish thoroughly.
2. Mix all the ingredients under 'For Marination' to form a smooth paste. Sprinkle few drops of oil if needed.
3. Add the anchovies to this paste. Mix well so that the masala coats the anchovies fully.
4. Let it rest for a few minutes.
5. Heat oil in a frying pan and aplutter the curry leaves. 
6. Next add the anchovies in one single layer. 
7. After one side is fried turn it with a spoon. Shallow fry on medium flame till it is brown and crispy.

Serving Suggestion
  - This tastes excellent with some white rice or boiled tapioca.

  - Some people like to have it as a cocktail snack.

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Person   ()
Wow..its really fantastic..nice colour,,Wish I get that plate right now from my lappy screen, irresistible Anchovies Fry.
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Thank You.
Person   ()
Nice recipe. Looks very yummy. Can this be done with dry fish also? Can you give few tips on how to clean the dry fish?
Person   ()
Yes it can be. Wash the dry fish, soak in water for about 15 minutes and then drain it. This removes all the grits, sand and extra salt. After that just cook it.

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