A scene from my north Malabar home at 11.30 am.
Meen Kittiya? (Did you get some fresh fish for lunch?) _ A usual dialogue in the household repeated every afternoon .
The mother or the person responsible for kitchen eagerly waits for the fish delivery like a daily ritual. Without fish, how can our staple diet of rice, veggies, fish curry/fry be complete? We coastal people are absolutely in love with seafood and we are seriously committed to our relationship with it. We are ready to take those extra efforts of cleaning and cooking the fish at any cost.I was born and brought up in Payyanur, Kannur district ,Kerala. Marrying a defense officer had lead to spending my life in almost the entire country . I am grateful for the exposures to the food culture every state had offered me .I loved their regional cuisines and food cultures too. But fish and rice stayed with me like a forever love.
Food is not rational.Food is culture,habit,craving and identity.
Fish curry or fry is like a deep sentiment for me than just a dish. Have you noticed how strongly food memories influence our emotions?! My heart is like a slave to flavors. Good food can lift my spirit even from darkest moods. There is no better experience than a well cooked home meal. So here I am sharing the simplest fish fry recipe for the people who wants to fry fish quickly in their kitchen. I used pearlspot/karimeen in this recipe. But any fish can be cooked using the same recipe.
Recipe for Karimeen fry
karimeen or any fish fillet : 2 pieces
shallots : 6 nos
garlic : 5
curry leaves : 2 strands
ginger : 1 inch piece
turmeric powder : 1/4 teaspoon
kashmiri red chilli powder : 1 teaspoon
lemon juice : 1 table spoon
salt to taste
oil : for frying the fish on tawa : 3 table spoons
grind chopped ginger,garlic and curry leaves in a mixie . Add red chilli powder, turmeric ,salt and lemon juice into the ground paste. Marinate the fish in this paste for 30 minutes . Shallow fry the marinated fish on tawa.
Fish fry is quickly ready in your kitchen. Enjoy!You can watch my Youtube video on this recipe here! Do watch , cook and have fun!!!