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