Crispy and spicy Anchovy or Kozhuva or Netholi fry. Anchovies marinated with spices and then shallow fried. Anchovy is also called nethili or chooda or podimeen in different parts of Kerala. A quite easy and tasty appetizer.

Crispy and spicy Anchovy or Kozhuva or Netholi fry. Anchovies marinated with spices and then shallow fried. A quite easy and tasty appetizer.

This fish fry is one of my favorites as an appetizer and as a side dish along with rice. A very common dish at a Kerala home and Kerala kallushap / Toddy Shop.

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Summary

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  • Course side dish
  • Cuisine kerala south indian
  • Yield 3 servings
  • Cooking Time 15 minutes
  • Preparation Time 5 minutes
  • Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

Netholi / Kozhuva/ Anchovy
1/2 kilogram
rice flour
1 tablespoon
coconut oil / vegetable oil
curry leaves
Grind
small shallot
5 number
ginger
1/2 teaspoon
garlic
1 teaspoon
chilli powder
2 tablespoon
black pepper powder
1/2 teaspoon
turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon
lime juice
1 teaspoon
salt
1/2 teaspoon

Steps

  1. Clean the fish (netholi / kozhuva / anchovy) and pat dry using a paper kitchen towel.
  2. Grind the ingredients listed under grind section and make it a fine paste - shallots, ginger, garlic, chilli powder, pepper powder, turmeric powder, lime juice, and salt. As needed, add just enough water to grind. Adjust the salt as per your taste.
    Crispy and spicy Anchovy or Kozhuva or Netholi fry. Anchovies marinated with spices and then shallow fried. A quite easy and tasty appetizer.
  3. Marinate cleaned fish with the prepared marinade and curry leaves. Keep it aside for 30 minutes.
    Crispy and spicy Anchovy or Kozhuva or Netholi fry. Anchovies marinated with spices and then shallow fried. A quite easy and tasty appetizer.
  4. Crispy and spicy Anchovy or Kozhuva or Netholi fry. Anchovies marinated with spices and then shallow fried. A quite easy and tasty appetizer.
  5. Before frying, add rice flour. Rice flour gives a crispy touch.
    Crispy and spicy Anchovy or Kozhuva or Netholi fry. Anchovies marinated with spices and then shallow fried. A quite easy and tasty appetizer.
  6. Heat oil in a flat pan. Add the marinated fish to the pan. Deep Fry the fish over medium high flame until done and crispy. It would turn into golden color.
    Crispy and spicy Anchovy or Kozhuva or Netholi fry. Anchovies marinated with spices and then shallow fried. A quite easy and tasty appetizer.
  7. Crispy and spicy Anchovy or Kozhuva or Netholi fry. Anchovies marinated with spices and then shallow fried. A quite easy and tasty appetizer.
  8. Serve it with onion rings and lemon. Enjoy 🙂
    Crispy and spicy Anchovy or Kozhuva or Netholi fry. Anchovies marinated with spices and then shallow fried. A quite easy and tasty appetizer.
Kerala Netholi Fry (Anchovy Fry)

Kerala Netholi Fry (Anchovy Fry)

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