Oct 30, 2012

சால மீன் வறுவல் / Sardine Fish Fry (Mathi / Chala Fry)

Frankly speaking I could never get a perfect  recipe for frying sardine fish. I know frying fish is one of the simplest thing you could ever imagine. But each and everytime I make it, I find it is lacking something. Sometimes I find it very bland, sometimes it gets stuck to the pan and fall apart. But this was the time I got it perfect. The fish turned out perfectly cooked, and had full of flavour. Everything came together beautifully.

The reason for this is the marination and the way of cooking. I added all the spices and the oil in the fish and left it to marinate. So you don't need oil while frying the fish. And also the fish is fried in a bed of curry leaves, which prevents it from sticking as well as absorbs the flavour from the curry leaves. This is one of the kicking recipe. I hope you will love this and let me know how it turned out for you, if you try it..

Makes : 20 Pieces
Serves - 3 to 4


Sardine Fish / Mathi / Chala Meen - 20
Curry leaves - 10 springs with the stem (Left Whole)
Turmeric powder / Manjal podi - 1 tsp
Pepper Powder - 1 tsp
Chilli powder - 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Coconut Oil - 1/4 cup
Lemon Juice - 1 tblspn or to taste

For Grinding:
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Garlic - 6 cloves
Shallots / Sambar Onion - 4


Clean the fish and make some slashes in it.

Take ginger, garlic and shallot in a blender and make into a rough puree.

Add in turmeric, chilli, pepper powder, salt in to it and mix well.

Add in some lemon juice, coconut oil and make into a paste.

Now add in the fish and mix well with the masala. Let this marinate for 20-30 mins.

Now take a non stick tawa. Arrange some curry leaves along with the stem over it. Place the fish over the curry leaves and let it cook for 5 mins on one side. flip them over and cook for  another 5 mins on other side.

Carefully remove them from the pan along with the curry leaves and serve.


Take all your ingredients..I forgot the coconut oil..
Make some slashes in cleaned fish
In a bowl. Take ginger, garlic and shallots puree
add in the spice powders and salt
squeeze some lemon juice
add in coconut oil
and mix well to form a paste
add the sliced fish into this masala
and mix well
Lay curry leaves in a nonstick tawa 
place the fish over the curry leaves
flip them oven when cooked


  1. how yummy...how sad I get seeing such posts in the morning...:(

  2. awesome! i will def try this! so easy!


  3. Mouthwatering here, soo crispy and tempting.

  4. ¡Se ven deliciosas! ¡Me encantan!
    Besos y feliz día.

  5. Love sardines and these do look perfect. Yum yum. Diane

  6. Wow..droolworthy!! I love Mathi esp fried.These look really good :))

  7. Arumai Arumai..... Awesome.... Thanks sister

  8. Hi Aarthi, I tried it with pomfret fish, it came out really well and yummytummy����. Thanks for the awesome recipe. Chance aha illa Sema tasty. Keep up the good work

  9. Came across this post when I was searching for sardine fish. Good work. Will try at home when I get time. Thanks for posting !


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