Kallushap Style Podimeen fry ( Kozhuva fry) / Fried Anchovies

Kozhuva Fry / Netholi fry /Chooda fry /Podi meen fry / Anchovy fry
Hope you all had an awesome and yummy Holidays !!! We had a wonderful ,delicious and joyful Thanks giving dinner at N's aunt's house, feasting on Turkey and the endless side dishes. My Brother's friend was visiting from India , and we spent the  rest of the days in NYC and took a very long road trip to a highly rural Pennsylvania town. The to and fro 8 hour trip was so full of fun, with banters and marvels of the years gone by. Oh these  4 days went by in a flash. How I wish I could freeze the time !

We Catholics have a tradition of taking a 25 day lent or abstinence from meat , fish or anything you really love during Christmas. The lent starts tomorrow; so its my pancake day today , finishing all the left over meat and fish and cram it all in before the lent begins. The best thing i love about these days is how we make lil dresses for the infant jesus. My great grandmother taught us this blissful technique by which you sew the dress by words called "Sukruthajapam"( i donno what you call that in English) . 

Kozhuva Fry / Netholi fry /Chooda fry /Podi meen fry / Anchovy fry
Kallushap or toddy shop is the most popular thing in kerala , for the kind of coconut wine and the food you get there. I love the food there which is extremely hot and spicy, so full of flavors and oily!! So you all know about my Kuttanadan background eh? So this particular kallushap's are  an integral part of the life in Kuttanad too. 

There is this family who stays close to my maternal ancestral home , and they are traditionally chefs in this kin of  joints in the Alappuzha-Changanacherry road. They cook for us all the time when we have some small family functions( most of the time liquor party). This is my Favorite among the extremely delicious food they prepare. 

Last time when i was on my vacation the New Gen chef from that family made this for me n N and we couldn't stop eating. Last month  during my daily phone call to India, my dad said this guy is there cooking the same thing for him. I couldn't resist my cravings , jot down the recipe and made it as soon as I got hold of this frozen anchovies. N loves it a lot with beer and this became a regular game day snack.

As he says "A sip of chilled beer and a bite of fried anchovies,with a green chili.... its terrific"!!!!!!


Recipe for Toddy shop style Podi meen / chooda / Kozhuva fry

Kozhuva Fry / Netholi fry /Chooda fry /Podi meen fry / Anchovy fry
Ingredients:-

Anchovies /Podimeen - 250 gms 

Bowl 1 ( Spice paste)
Red chili powder - 1.5 table spoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tea spoon
Fenugreek powder - 1/4 tea spoon
Ginger garlic paste - 2 tea spoon
Lemon juice - 1/2 tea spoon
Crushed pepper corns - 1 tea spoon
salt to taste

Bowl 2
Onion thinly sliced - 2 medium
Green chili slit lengthwise - 8-10
Curry leaves

Method:-
Wash and clean the anchovies and pat dry
Make a thin paste with all the ingredients in Bowl 1 , by adding water .
Mix the spice paste with the anchovies and combine it well , so that its well coated with the spice mix.
Add the ingredients in Bowl 2 and mix well.
Heat oil in a heavy frying pan and deep fry the anchovy mix in several batches. Always remember to keep the flame in medium so that everything gets cooked evenly. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm

Notes:-
  • This is a very spicy preparation , so use the spice level according to ur levels.
  • If the the onions are getting fried fast . add it only after frying the anchovies half way. But if you keep it in the medium heat everything would be fried evenly.
  • Frozen kozhuva is available in most of the mallu/indian grocery stores in US
Kozhuva Fry / Netholi fry /Chooda fry /Podi meen fry / Anchovy fry
Cheers
Sarah

66 comments:

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow nethili fry is my fav too...Looks so crispy n tempting..lovely clicks as usual

Happy Cook said...

I didn't know about not eating meat/fist during the 23 days of christmas, well one learns every day something new.
Love this fish dish drool.

Jan said...

wow nice fry...

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Laya said...

kidu sarah!
vayil kappal odunnu...
Delicious podimeen fry..i love podimeen and i dont think we get in our city. oh my god..great clicks as always.

Dimah said...

That looks so simple and delicious!

Nisa Homey said...

Netholi is my fav too.... beautiful clicks....happy 25 noyambu.

michelangelo in the kitchen said...

Yum! This looks really delicious. I have a ready bowl of steamed rice to go with it. Amazing recipe! Makes my mouth water just looking at it. With your permission I'll use my hands to eat it! Cheers!

Shanavi said...

i love karuvaadu....yummy,..

Roshan said...

delicious kozhuva fry!!

An Open Book said...

Ro would so def love this...
we always make a kallu shop trip when we are down in ktym..ure rt about how yummy the food is

jeen said...

nice netholi porichathu.We also really love kallu shap food.i have seen this anchovi in store , but never buy it. i think i am also going to try this.

Kairali sisters said...

ente kunje..manushyare engane onnum kothipikaruth tto...ahhha..kanditte sahikanilla lo..Adipoli...

sangeeta said...

Here after a long time Sarah.
Loved this fry , spicy and yummy.

Indian Cuisine Blogroll said...

One of my aunts is from kuttanad and my dad is from chethala..you just took through the beautiful chry-alapuzha route :)..chooda fry looks delicious..its peerapattichathu is my dad's favorite..yum..

Angie's Recipes said...

These look so very fresh and flavoursome!

Swathi said...

Sarah,

Netholi fry adipoli. Pine kallushap specialne kurichu onnu prayanda.Always i heard they are the best.

Jisha Dil said...

loved it...ende mummyum ethe poole undakkum..delicious..!!!

Madhu said...

Is this dry fish fry Sarah? Looks nice.

@SaNgI said...

.nte control poyi kallushap ennu kettappol

Sayali said...

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Treat and Trick said...

Looks so crispy and yummy!

S.Menaga said...

droolworthy recipe...

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious crispy yummy presentation

Sathya Sankar said...

Crispy and yummy nethili fry, one of my fav !

Jagruti જાગૃતિ said...

perfect dish...pics looks soooo good !!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Looks very crispy and fabulous!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Podimeen has been mine and my dad's fav since my childhood... my being veg always finds it diff to cook this fish, so our neighbours friends from kerala used to feed us...i will give it try soon...you know Sarah i have a great wish to drink kallu once in life hope it happens soon :P meen fry is fab!

Regarding the pictures, so far I have managed with natural light, i take photos when i have maximum day light, i play bit with brightness and contrast :)

Padma said...

Beautiful clicks... nice fry.

Priya said...

Mouthwatering here, just love this anchovies fry.

Krishnaveni said...

tempting recipe, delicious

Biny Anoop said...

it looks just great....u can munch it away jlt...my husband and me both love it.....thx for the recipe....ours was just basic.
Biny

Suja Sugathan said...

Wow adipoli..kandittu kothiyavunnu
Sarah there is an award waiting for you in my space ..please collect.

Soumya said...

spicy and mouth watering fry...kothi sahikkunnilla...
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Nisha said...

Ho so very tempting :)

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

Mmmm I love podi meen! U made it looks super appetizing ya, I'm coming over! :D

Smitha said...

I love nettalu...I miss the nice ones in India...u r tempting me to make it now!:))

Pushpa said...

Nethili fry looks delicious Sarah.

Nostalgia said...

Umm...yum! Looks terrific.

Simply Life said...

I have yet to try anchovies but you make them look great!

Nandini said...

Yum! My favourite! Slurp!

PriyaRaj said...

favourite nethili fry ...mouthwatering ...

Mrs K said...

What an amazing and insightful post,Sarah. It is hard to resist some food when it has been described the way you just did...a gulp of beer a bite of fried anchovie and green chilli. Girl you are now talking :) Love it,love it,love it !!!!

RUBY said...

Sarah..the story with the anchovies........simply chop-smackingly gooooooooood!!!!!!! :)

Rekha shoban said...

yummy fry!!!tempting pic!

Kurinji said...

perfect for curd rice.

Swapna said...

Engane kothippikkalle ente Sarahkutty ;)... Mom used to make this... beautiful pic!

BeenaShylesh said...

wow dealisious dear..nicily presented

Gulmohar said...

Love this...kidilan aayittundeda..Glad to hear that you had a great Thanksgiving

kothiyavunu.com said...

Entaammoo..vaayil vellam niranjittu type cheyyan kude pattunnilla...adipoli honey :-)

Foodie Ann said...

Adipoli...dish....:)...

Biren @ Roti n Rice said...

Beer and spicy fried anchovies are a great match. Very tasty indeed!

Jaisy James said...

adipoli ayittundu ketto kanjikku superbbb

lissie said...

kozhuva fry adipoli ayittundu! love to have it with kanji...

Peggy said...

Oh man these look delicious! I bet they're a wonderful snack! I'm a big fan of anchovies so I know I would love this!

Irene said...

This looks sooooooooo good. Actually I have a day off from work tomorrow. So thinking about going to fish market and get some smelt. I will try to make it using your recipe. Yummmyyyy... :-)

Vandana Rajesh said...

Look so delicious...I like to have this with just curds and rice...yummy.

Biny Anoop said...

Sarah I recd this best blogger award from one of our friend and wud love to share it with u....do collect it.
biny

Shalini said...

my all time favourite for rasam rice:) delicious preparation:)

Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

Awesome post...it made me really crave for yummy fish...in Delhi, its not the same as in Kerala...fish dont taste the same, seriously!

Jaleela Kamal said...

super neththili fry sarah

Sunita said...

This looks so incredibly delicious! Love your photographs.

Fresh Local and Best said...

Love anchovies, and I will definitely try sauteing with spices and curry leaves!

Fresh Local and Best said...

Love anchovies, will try to saute with spices and curry leaves the next time I have them.

niracharthu said...

hi........yummy.....gummy.....,
unakkameen fry wht super tasty....

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Sarah Naveen said...

A link is fine vaasu..But please do not copy pictures and recipes..

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