Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Matthi Porichathu/ Sardine Fry

Without breaking into the reasons for not posting for over two months, let me get to the most wonderful fish dish I enjoy with rice as well as chapathi. (Vegetarians, please spare this post).

I have always loved seafood and have relished and devoured all the seafood delicacies Amma prepares at home.

Matthi or Sardine is a fish known for containing omega 3 fatty acids. Though the fish has a strong smell, the taste is divine!

To make the Matthi Fry seen in the picture, you will need:

Sardine - cut, gutted, cleaned - 4-6 -atleast one per person :-)
Red chilly powder - 3 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Freshly ground pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice - 1/2-1 slice
Salt - to taste
Oil - for frying (shallow or deep per preference)


  • Make slits on both sides of the fish
  • Take a mixing bowl and mix the powders into a smooth paste with the lemon juice
  • Marinade the fish and leave for 30 minutes
  • Heat oil in a skillet, and place the fish and start frying on medium heat
  • Turn the fish after one side is done
  • Remove on to a kitchen towel to absorb any excess oil

Serve with rice/ chapathi


Asha said...

Welcome back Shreya, glad to see your post.

It's your blog, you can post anything you like, don't have to say anything to anybody. Readers always have a choice to say something or not, doesn't matter. That's how I feel.
Sardine fry looks delicious, love fried fish! :)

Priti said...

Welcome back dear, so how does it feel to post after 2 months ;)..hehe..okie I'll stop here..and the fry looks so gud...too bad I don't eat fish :P

Divya Vikram said...

Welcome back! Am drooling over the fish roast..

Shama Nagarajan said...

welcome back dear.......lovely spicy fry

Simran said...

Welcome back! Fish looks lovely (and I read such cute recipes, even if I am a vegetarian) :)

Jeena said...

Shreya I would love to eat this. I love sardines and they are so healthy for you, I bet this was a yummy meal!

Varsha Vipins said...

I am sobbing hard,,really hard..am missing this fish so much..n the pic reminded me of my good ole' days at home..mom's food so many things..cant tell more..hmm..They look divine..

Nags said...

great to see you back :)

my mom's version also uses shallots in the masala that's the only change. shallots give a lovely flavour when fried so its really yummy, try it next time :) i used to tell amma not to put this in my lunchbox becuz it stinks badly, especially when u leave it closed in ur lunchbox for a few hours! hehe, those were the days :)

Sanghi said...

Welcom back! The fry looks too good, but i love with masala and gravy!:)

Valarmathi said...

Welcome back. Fish looks great. This one is my husband's favorite one.

Deepa's Cook Nook said...

Hi I'm new to your blog and I really liked the feel of it. I also love mathi fry and the pic looks tempting. Will try this soon

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Homecooked said...

Wow...the pic is defintely drool worthy! Love the rich colour of the fish fry. Its my moms favourite fish :)

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