In summer , we are usually busy on Saturdays and rarely cook together , though we love to. After a very long time we didn't have anything planned for the day,and a gathering & a movie only at night, so decided to cook something exotic and enjoy at home.
I doubt whether there is anyone who doesn't like karimeen , the legendary kuttanadan celebrity? I am not sure whether its the taste , the looks or the nostalgia that invokes , makes this black beauty a winner all the time.
I have spent most of my vacations in my mom's place Muttar , a serene , calm place in Kuttanad and i tell you that was like a paradise for this particular fish - Pearl spot. We had like fish mongers carrying only fresh water fish like Karimeen, varal , pallathi and cherumeen , freshly caught from the same place , and they leave a basket full to our maids even before we are awake.
I can never ever forget the boat trips we used to take in summer vacations in R block , vemabanadu lake etc etc with my late grandpa ( appachan) and all mom's sisters in the boat that they used to have once upon a time, with home made Appam and Stew, Kappa and Erachi curry , and umpteen number of deep fried Karimeen and tiny ones and pots n pots of Madura kallu , from our own coconut plantations. Oh Good times!!!! Nothing can replace those experience that I had , and whenever we take house boat cruises , back home now, rather than njoying the trip , we usually relieve the good old times...
Recipe for Kerala Style nadan Karimeen fry ( Pearl spot fry)
Serves - 2
Total cooking time :- 30 minutes plus for marination and 10 plus minutes for frying
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Karimeen/Pearl Spot - 2 nos (Available in kerala stores in US by Narmada Brands)
Ginger- Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 table spoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
Mix all the powders and salt and adding a little water make a paste with it.
Apply the paste to the fish and keep it for sometime.
You can either deep fry( 10 minutes) or shallow fry(20-25 minutes) it as per your choice
( Add curry leaves while frying)