Oct 16, 2014

Ayala Fry Recipe / Mackerel Fry Recipe / Curry Leaves Fish Fry Recipe

Hubby loves fish a lot, I make it atleast twice somedays even 4 times a week. He loves anything fishy, but i enjoy eating only fish fry. For me they taste better than fish kuzhambu..You can see quite a few fried fish recipe in this blog..I have anchovies fry, sardine fry, kerala style fish fry, spicy fish fry, fish masala fry, and meen pollichathu..

Very recently hubby bought this ayala meen / mackerel fish. I loved them so much, they are actually bigger than sardine / chala and is so tasty. I have already posted a ayala meen kuzhambu and this one is my latest favourite..I hope it will be your favourite too, you can try this with any of your favourite fish..

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 5 to 8 mins
Marinating Time: 30 mins
Serves : 4 to 5


Ayala Meen / Mackerel - 15 (You can use any fish)
Curry Leaves - 2 handful
Ginger - 2 cm piece
Garlic - 4 fat cloves
Chilli Powder - 1 tblspn or to taste
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Coriander Powder / Mall Podi - 1 tblspn
Pepper Powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Lemon Juice - 1 tblspn
Coconut Oil - 1/4 cup


Clean Ayala fish and make deep slits on both sides.

Take all the ingredients except oil and fish in a blender and make it into a fine puree. Once it is nicely blended, taste it to see whether salt and spices are enough. If not add more chilli powder, salt or lemon juice.

Take this in a bowl.

Apply this all over the fish into the slit too.

Marinate this for 30 mins.

Heat coconut oil in a frying pan, add the ayala fish in oil and fry till golden on both sides.

Drain and serve with lemon slices..

Take your ingredients

Clean ayala fish
Take good amount of curry leaves in a mixer

Add in ginger and garlic

add in chilli powder and turmeric powder

add some coriander powder

add in garam masala powder and pepper powder

add some salt

add little water and make it into a fine paste

take it in a bowl

add in lemon juice

mix well

apply this all over the fish

add some coconut oil in a frying pan

drop the fish

fry till golden on both sides

serve with lemon slices.


  1. Everything about your blog is very nice except the fact that your English needs a lot of improvement. You should improve your grammar as I can see several grammar mistakes in your writing.

    Also, almost every post of yours starts with "I love this and I love that or this is my favorite etc"

    So please bring in some improvement in your English.

    The rest is al very good and I am highly appreciative about your blog. In fact it is the best blog for step by step recipes ... thanks to your pictorial descriptions.

    1. We south Indians are a passionate bunch..so we love a lot of things. This blog is my one stop shop to look for authentic recipes.

      If English is all you care about, this blog is not for you.

  2. dear Anonymous
    she is not taking any grammer or spoken english classes.
    She makes her own style and we couldnt find any fault here
    This is a cooking blog and just see how hard work she puts in posting those with step by step pictures

  3. Dear Anonymous # 1,

    The blogger is not here to write an English exam. Nobody is interested about her command of the English language per se. Since you are so particular about the mistakes made, you should have proof read your comments for spelling and punctuation errors before posting.

  4. Please do not discourage her with the silly reasons..

  5. Command over a language may not be essential for a food blog.But what I would suggest is, if better language is used,this amazing blog would go to next level.

  6. Anonymous #1:
    1. Why is that she SHOULD improve her language? May be because she missed out your grammar classes... you SHOULD refrain from saying such things.

    2. What is your problem if she starts with I LOVE THIS AND THAT. You won't be commenting here if she really doesn't have love towards her food

    @Aarthi As your page says, Please think twice before leaving Harsh & Rude comments. It hurts me a lot. All those comments will be deleted.

    Please free to delete the comments that are no good to anyone.

    Keep up your good job as always.

  7. I'm a beginner in cooking. The dish came out really good. It was wonderful. Thanks a lot...

  8. I'm a beginner in cooking. The dish came out really good. It was wonderful. Thanks a lot...

  9. Does it turn out crispy nd crunchy

  10. Hello
    anonymous 1, this is not a grammar or spoken English class...... The language should reach all, that's the matter.... No one asked doubt in her language. All understand her language. What matters you???????????
    if you are perfect in English keep it with yourself..... Ok.....

  11. hey u r best love ur recipe

  12. Yummy!!! Can't wait to cook this.... @arthi I have a question... Usually before I cook fish I use to marinate fish with turmeric, salt,chilli powder, and some times with curd to get rid of fish smell and smelly fish taste... Can I do same thing before I cook this recipe to get rid of smell and nece taste? Or can I cook directly.. If I cook directly it doesn't taste nece?

  13. Yummy!!!!!! @aarti,i usually marinate fish with turmeric, salt, chilli powder, some time curd to get rid of fish nece smell and nece taste while eating but for this recipe should i do the same or can I cook directly? If i cook directly will i get rid of fish smell and nece taste?

  14. @AnonymousIf u want to get rid of fish smell. Marinate fish with some salt, turmeric and lemon juice or vinegar for 5 mins. wash it well and use it. This will get rid of the fishysmell.

  15. Can I know what kind fish is this in telugu? Can we eat it directly? I mean.... I'm talking about bones in it. Can we eat like that?

  16. @AnonymousNo u cannot eat the bones in this fish, i am not sure about the telugu name

  17. Hi Aarthi, Your recipes really are yummy and easy to follow. I love the way you've done a picture demonstration which makes it interesting and clear to follow. The photos of the dishes are mouthwatering. I just stumbled across your website and am so happy that I found it because I was looking for simple yet delicious dishes with clear directions.
    Well done and Thank you !!

  18. Nice recipe, I tried it...Thank you so Much......

  19. Your cooking style is very authentic & very good. Don't get upset by harsh comments as you will find useless people like these every where who have no better work to do.. Pls continue with your passion. Cheers

  20. @Vijay
    I brought Ayala, as my wife loves them fried and my 2nd search landed me to this page.
    Well, many "anonymous" were annoyed by the anonymous #1 making a suggestion about improving the language, I didn't see any kind of annoyance with the recommendation to improve the language skills. Aarthi, having better command means explaining stuffs better :). Your said My husband loves anything "fishy" ;), you may change it to "fishly"? *kidding*

    I love cooking for my wife and daughter and would be visiting your site more often.

    Thank you


  21. Wonderful Recipe.

    Simple , easy and understandable for a common Human Being.

    and if you need a perfect English cooking reference site..

    And i guess just a bit of common sense is req for understanding blogger points which sum are not having thats y they find mistake in this.

    Words too Hurt !!!!!!!

    Keep in mind

  22. @Anonymoust
    To the grammar Nazi: you are a rude and condescending person. This is a fabulous recipe!

  23. Hiya, that fish looks fantastic !Those snaps are really helpful especially for beginners who may find a mere recipe difficult to interpret. As for rude feedback,feel free to ignore such condescending types who ignore the fact that you've taken the time & trouble to show the rest of us how to cook.Your blog is on cooking which it does effectively , not a lecture on literary criticism or Shakespeare.

  24. hi @aarthi ,gud job keeptp

  25. Hey Aarthi don't get discouraged by rude comments. I frequent your blog for many recipes and I love them.

  26. The way your recipe starts it holds reader's attention, shows your passion. For me, after going through numerous other recipes, yours seemed much more fun to try. Step by step snaps made it easy to follow... Loved the dish. Thanks!!

  27. Hi Aarti, the fish looks fantastic ! Will surely try.
    Ignore the creep who decided to ruin your day by a thoughless comment.
    @anonymous 1...so what if she starts her posts with "I love this...." She loves it, so she makes it and puts max effort in presenting it for us to see, learn and appreciate. If you have a problem with that, dont read her text, but dont ruin her enthusiasm. Grow up !!


You are really kind hearted, who came to leave comments for me. Each of your comments are really valuable for me. This keeps me cooking a lot..Thank you so much..

Please think twice before leaving Harsh & Rude comments. It hurts me a lot. All those comments will be deleted.

Thanks for understanding..


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