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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)

Crispy and spicy Anchovy or Netholi or Kozhuva 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.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine kerala south indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Author Jane Jojo

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kilogram Netholi / Kozhuva/ Anchovy
  • 1 tablespoon rice flour
  • coconut oil / vegetable oil
  • curry leaves

Grind

  • 5 number small shallot
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 2 tablespoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  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.