Sardine/Mathi Fry

      Sardines/ Chala/ Mathi is a fish familiar to every Keralite as it is cheap and almost always obtainable. I know many people in my place who would find it difficult to eat rice without at least a mathi fry or curry. Sardines are considered to be one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids, which have been found to lower triglycerides and cholesterol, surpassed by only a few other fish such as salmon. The smaller size of sardines makes them less likely to have accumulated toxins such as mercury compared to large fish like salmon. They are also a naturally good source of vitamin D. We usually make curry, thoran or fry with sardines. Today I am posting the recipe for sardine fry.
     By the way, does anyone know how to reduce the smell that erupts in the whole house while frying sardines? Please share if you know ……

Mathi/Sardine Fry

Ingredients

  1. Sardine – 8 – 10
  2. Pearl onions – 6 – 8 
  3. Ginger – 1/2 inch piece
  4. Garlic – 5 small
  5. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  6. Coarsely ground pepper powder – 1.5 tsp
  7. Chilly powder – 1 tsp
  8. Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  9. Salt – To taste
  10. Oil – For shallow frying

Method

Sardines/ mathi

1. Clean and cut the sardines. Make gashes on both sides of the fish. Grind all the ingredients from 2 to 9 to a paste and marinate the fish with this ground mixture for around half an hour.

2.  In a pan pour some oil and place some sprigs of curry leaves. Now lay the sardines over the curry leaves and fry on medium heat until browned, turning them to the other side in between. Switch off and serve immediately with rice.

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Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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  • Using onion is new to me, also frying over curry leaves. Must try next time :). Thank you.

    The alfa omega fatty acid, i guess, wont stay during frying. If you need it, you need to use fish curry than fried.

    Get rid of the stink while frying is a head-ache for me too. Use of proper ventillation is the present remedy I have.

  • wow ..my fav fish..entubhangi kanan pic …
    while cleaning the fish add few drops of lemon juice and also in the masla paste, it might reduce its smell spreading all over the house while frying ..

  • ente daivame kothippichu kollunne..ini naattil chennale ithu kittu…
    If you apply some vinegar/lemon juice and wash it after some time, it reduces the smell. Also I add curry leaves while frying,which reduces the smell.Did you try to close the pan with a lid..even with all these things, I’m sorry to say it stinks,eventually…lol..

  • Thank you all!!

    Arunan,
    You are so right. Fried fish containing omega-3s provide less heart protection than baked or broiled fish. Thanks for the information.

    Nithu,
    Thanks a ton for sharing the awards with us!!

    Muraligeetham and Gulmohar,
    Thanks for sharing your great tips 🙂 Will try those next time..

  • You got nice space dear,,i like your blog got lot of spicy and my faaavourite recipes.Fish fry looks delicious and mouthwatering,,I am happy to see your blog and also am the 50th follower of your blog.thanks for sharing dear,,take care n keep on smiling.

  • Honestly i am not a big fan of seafood, except prawns and tuna which i dont mind, but would avoid given a choice…my husband says im a disgrace 2 mallu’s:)
    We dont get fresh sardines other than at the indian store which we visit once in a month or so..and when my husband craves it once in a while, he picks about 2 or 3 and yes, the smell just stays on forever…i use one of those odour absorbing candles while frying and it helps to an extent….

  • Tempting sardine fry,would like to grab n taste it now 🙂 I also usually wash the fish with turmeric powder n salt as well to remove the smell .Thanks for your comments dear.You have a lovely space .Following you too.

  • Take some vinegar and boil it in a vessel…after frying fish..or light a candle in the kitchen it will also reduce smell.

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