Netholi / Podimeen Varuthathu - Kerala Style Anchovy Dry Fry


I am so proud to tell you all that , this small space of mine , Vazhayila.com , reached "the legendary 10,000 hits a day,twice last week. I am not a number gal , neither do I know whether its a big thing; but my friends A and P says it is (hello!!! i don't get 10,000 everyday, wink), and its just because of those two, I am scribbling these lines.
In that case I am so happy,that I was able to reach there with my simple home cooking and your support.

I know , I am yet to respond to many emails ; its just that I am crazy busy now a days with some  projects that I am doing. Guys I am really overwhelmed by the love,and support you give me - to a person -whom most of you know only through this space. 
When you say,  you come here,not just for recipes,but to read me and drool over the pictures, I am  truly touched.I am so lucky to get some real close friends through vazhayila ......Thanks a lot.

I was not a big fish and meat eater as a kid , and never drinks milk , since I puke at the smell of it. My parents always feared I will get some calcium deficiency and gave me calcium tablets. Remember those weirdly shaped sweet smelling tablets?
Kozhuva or Netholi as it is popularly known, was the only calcium rich thing my mom was able to feed me . Not exactly this one , but the smaller version of it - Podimeen or chooda. But there was one condition, the fish has to be cleaned and prepared before I come back from school. So our maid used to take it her home , clean it and then bring it back; and mom will dry fry it with lots of curry leaves from our backyard  before I am back .Though I loved it I pretend as if I am eating for her sake.Wink. How   nasty cute of me? 

N loves this , and I make it for him often with "fresh and frozen" cleaned Anchovy ( Seafood Delight brand) I get it in Indian stores here. A bowl of dry fried Podimeen , a bottle of chilled beer and football games , is kin of his idea of relaxing on a weekend.

Recipe for Kerala Style Netholi / Podimeen / Anchovy Fry
Serves - 4
Total cooking time - 40 minutes for cleaning and marinating and 15 minutes to fry

Ingredients:-

Netholi/ Kozhuva/Anchovy - 1/2 kg
Juice of 1 lemon 
Salt 
Bowl 1
Kashmiri Red chilli powder - 1 to 1.5 tablespoon ( use as per your heat level)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 to 1/2 tea spoon
Ginger - a small piece
Garlic - 3-4 cloves
Black peppercorns - 1/2 tea spoon
Salt to taste
Bowl 2
Curry leaves
Oil as needed for frying

Directions:-

Clean and wash the fish several times.( remove the head, tail and all inside if it is not already cleaned) Marinate it with lemon juice and salt and keep it for 5 minutes.
This helps to get rid of the smell.Wash well and keep aside in a bowl.
Grind together all the ingredients in Bowl 1 to a fine paste , by sprinkling 1 or 2 tablespoons of water.
Put this paste into the bowl , add curry leaves and marinate the fish well. 
Keep aside for at least 30 minutes. If you are keeping for more than an hour , refrigerate it.
Heat oil in a deep pan and slide in the fish and fry it in batches , until it is done and dry fried.
Always keep your flame on medium, and this may take 5-10 minutes depending on the frying pan and your gas flame.Serve warm.

Good day all

✎ Sarah

43 comments:

പഞ്ചാരകുട്ടന്‍ -malarvadiclub said...

അടിപൊളി

Tina said...

adipoli...

OGTV said...

yummy!!!

julie said...

Kothiyavunnu..My favourite recipe with netholi!!

Roshan said...

congrats on your milestone.....your photography and presentation is simply awesome....

nice recipe there with anchovies...

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Sanjeeta kk said...

Would love to use the Bowl1 and Bowl2 ingredients for marinating my veggies!

Nitha said...

First of all congrats.. Keep rocking girlie...

Ethu kandittu kopthi sahikkunilla.. I never pick the frozen ones as I doubt about that onakkameen smell which I do not like :( Does this have that smell and marinating in lemon juice get rid of that? Badly wanna eat this ;)

Prathima Rao said...

Congrats Sarah!!! And these stunning clicks & a delicious kerala style recipe!!!
Keep rocking!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Rumana Rawat said...

What a awesome fry...

Sarah said...

oh my! this is my favourite too! you sound exactly like my son. He is always trying my patience when I try to feed him... Let me try this fish fry... hope he likes it.

An Open Book said...

i am so not a fish person but this is making me droolll...:)
you know what sucks abt UK, the fact than nothing releases when it does in the US..i mean mini shopaholic is by a british author but it released only last month out here and since i had 2 wait in line for my turn at the library i got hold of it only recently..im loving it and yes undomestic goddess is also a fav of mine.
gucci gucci coo sounds like a book id totally love..but as usual its not released here as yet :O

uglyfood said...

Looks amazing, I'm going to try this out this weekend.

Sayantani said...

we often fry small fishes in a similar style. yummy crunchy dish. the clicks are gorgeous.

Pushpa said...

Nethili fry looks delicious love it with rasam rice and Congrats!!

Suja said...

Awesome fry,adipoli..

Swapna said...

Congrats Sarah on your 10,000 hits per day!!! Keep going girl! Podimeen varuthathu is my fav too....

Sobha Shyam said...

its been so long i had these netholi fry, adipoli aayi Sarah..wonderful clicks and a lovely recipe..thanks for the wishes dear!!

Gayathri Ramdas Sreekanth said...

Big congrats to u Sarah kutti..Truly deserving. It's only your work and attitude which has led to this great achievement.. ! :)

Panchamrutham said...

This is simply tempting me...Never tried those frozen ones...U r making me buy it next time

http://www.panchamrutham.blogspot.com/

Lyndsey said...

Sarah this looks great! The crispy coating looks so good, I'd love to eat one now. Congrats on 10,000 hits in a day, I don't think I get that in a month!

Smitha said...

Congrats!,, dried anchovies have become a regular at my home! I love the dry fry!

Rekha shoban said...

in singapore v wont get such a big netholi meen....thats looks very crispy n want to try it now :-)

Swathi said...

Adipoli, meenum beerum nalla combo

raquel erecipe said...

congratulation to your blog I know on the first time I read your blog that this is an awesome blog...I just recently, on your blog that anchovy is rich in calcium I look for recipe that might daughter like, most of the food I prepare for her is green leafy vegetable now milk and now I will try anchovy and I hope she will enjoy this recipe...I like your photos they are awesome =)

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

I just love these babies very much and my fav combination with these would no other than curd rice...it would wonderfully delicious Sarah..nice click:)

Vandana Rajesh said...

adipoli Sarah...and your pics are making me crave for a bowl of those crisp podimeen

Ramya said...

wow...mouthwatering...we do get anchovies here, but doesnt taste so good as in kerala..

Priya said...

Congrats Sarah,seriously am drooling over that crispy anchovy..

divya said...

Congrats Sarah!!! And these stunning clicks & a delicious kerala style recipe!!!

Kalyani's Platter said...

looks delicious and wonderful clicks .... glad to follow u .....

Rachu said...

you are one of the prettiest blog queen out here! 10000 hits!!! Wht an achievement dear.. Fish fry is such a pleasing dish for mallus..but i love the smell too ..lol

ente pachakasala said...

adipoli pics takarthutto

Uma said...

Looks scrumptious!!! the pictures are making me to grab the bowl.

Cheers,
Uma

Hamaree Rasoi said...

First of all many many congratulations for the outstanding figures !!! Really proud of you.
This gorgeous and crispy looking fish is drool worthy

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

Wonderful and tempting fry !!!

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Justbeanme said...

Sarah......... the picture are so tempting...!Drooling already

Anonymous said...

I was avoiding fried items for a change. But how can i avoid nathoi fry and corona after seeing your tempting picture.

Rgds,
Prasad
Oman

Sarah Naveen said...

MMm...there is something with corona , fish fry and kottayam achayans alle...a lot of people were telling me i made them drink..LOL!!!

Torviewtoronto said...

looks delicious we make similar love it

Calvin L. said...

Looks like a great snack.

Sarah Naveen said...

@ calvin..Oh trust me , It is :) :)

Anonymous said...

super

Jiz said...

Great picture! Natholi and Corona..craving after seeing the picture.Let's hope I can convince my wife to make a podimeen fry in the next hour and me go and buy a Corona. Good work.

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