Saturday, August 20, 2011

Meen Varuthadhu (Fish Fry)

There was a time when I used to hate the smell of fish and I would hate to even step into any house when Fish was being fried. However, I would enjoy the after effects of the smelly cooking. Yes such is the taste of a well marinated and fried fish. One could pay any amount to stand that smell which gradually turned out to be an aroma.

Today was one such day when I felt like eating fish and my eldest and the youngest are great fans of sea food. I went to the local store this afternoon to pick up some fish and I ended up buying Kelanga (I think it is called the Lady Fish - very feminine eh). They are these fleshy and small fish and good as a finger food as pointed out by my neighbour Adhi who ofcourse had the chance to taste it too.

I ground a masala paste for the marination (Since it was mainly for my boys, I tend go a bit low on spices) So, please feel free to add more chillies as your taste buds demand.


1/2 Kilo Kelanga Fish (Lady Fish)
1 small onion (I forgot to take a picture along with the onion...well am human people and tend to make mistakes and forget too)
1 tsp pepper corn
3 red chillies (you may add more)
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tbsp coconut
1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves (I simply love the flavour that coriander gives out)
Some Tamarind pulp
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp vinegar
1 tbsp oil for the paste and oil for frying
Salt to taste
Ingredients for Meen Varuthadhu

1. Clean the fish well and add turmeric, salt & vinegar and keep it aside for about 10 - 15 mins

2. In a saucepan, add 1 tbsp oil. Fry pepper corns, chilly, and onion till soft.

3. Add the ginger garlic paste and stir till the raw smell fades away

4. Add coconut and coriander leaves and keep stirring

5. Finally add the tamarind pulp and remove from the stove and let it cool

6. Grind the fried masala into a fine paste by adding a little water
Ground Masala Paste
 7. Marinate the fish using the ground paste and leave it aside for half hour to an hour
Marinated Fish
8. Deep fry the fish in hot oil and serve hot. You may alternately choose to shallow fry as well
Meen Varuthadhu


  1. OMG!!! So yumm !!! gonna make this for hubby next time :)

  2. can i use salmon or tilapai instead/

  3. Please do try it and give me your feedback and suggestions. Please add more chillies if you want it spicy. Lemon juice at the end will make it a bit tangy. You may try it with will be good.

  4. I"ll try it soon,my hubby likes fish very much,it's for him i"ll try soon

  5. Do try it and let me know how it turned out!