- Cleaned sardine fish : 6 nos
- Black pepper powder : 3 tsp
- Turmeric powder : 1 tsp
- Red chilly powder : 1 tsp
- Salt : as needed
- Curry leaves : 1 sprig
- Coconut oil : 2-3 tbsp
Sardine ( locally known as Mathi or Chaala in Kerala), is one the cheapest and tastiest fish available in South India. Sardines are one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids, which reduces your triglycerides and cholesterol. The small bones of Sardine is good resource of calcium. Keralites usually make sardine curry, mathi vattichatu or fry with sardines. Today I will share you the recipes for sardine fry. This is a recipe our driver shared with me. He is from Alappuzha a coastal region in Kerala.
Sardine / mathi fry
- Clean the sardines well and make oblique gashes on both sides of the fish.
- Grind all other ingredients (Black pepper powder, Turmeric powder, Red chilly powder, Salt)
into a paste form
- Marinate the mathi fish with this paste and keep it aside for half an hour.
- Heat a frying pan and pour some oil in it. Add the curry leaves.
- When the oil gets heated place the sardines over the curry leaves and fry it on medium heat turning them to the other side in between.
- Switch off and serve immediately with rice.
- Cleaning sardines takes time and need patience. Use an apron while cleaning sardine and wash your hands with soap multiple times after cleaning sardines because they are having a stinky smell.
- Frying sardine can make veggies go mad with you because it has an extreme strong smell. Careful when you fry sardines, they have a bad reputation for its stink.