One can find a lot of varieties of fried fish as we move from one country to another. The fish fry I grew up eating was very simple to make. Take any fish of your choice. Marinate them in a chilli-turmeric-salt mixture and fry them up. As simple as that.. This is a typical Kerala style preparation. However, one can find a lot of variations in the marination. Let me save the varietions for another time. Today I am sharing the basic Simple Fried Fish.
Fillets are the ideal pieces to be used to make fried fish. But small fishes like sardine, anchovies etc can be prepared in whole. Here’s the recipe.
Simple Fried Fish- Kerala Style
Fish fillets- 5-6 pieces
Chilli powder- 1-1/2 tablespoons (Adjust to suit your heat tolerance)
Turmeric powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Water- as required
Oil for shallow frying
Take a small bowl and mix the chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt with water to form a medium-thick paste. Apply on the fish pieces very well till they are well coated. If you feel that the fishes are not well coated, you can make more mixture and add them as well. Keep aside for at least 10 minutes so that the flavours are absorbed. Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry on medium heat (appx 3 minutes) till it is done and flip and cook the other side as well. Serve hot. Fish fry always tastes better when eaten warm.
Note: You can apply the masala on the fish pieces and freeze them as well. Thaw well before frying it.