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Nethili Fry

Harini Vino
Nethili fry is a crispy fish fry recipe that goes amazing with hot plain rice and rasam. It is a super appetizer and side dish as well.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2
Calories 267 kcal


  • Any type of Pan


  • 1 bowl Washed Nethili fish
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Pepper Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • Salt to Taste
  • Few Curry leaves
  • 3 tbsp Coconut oil for cooking



  • Place the washed nethili fish on the wide plate.
  • Add all the spice powders to the fish.
  • Mix them well with your hands and marinate for at least 15 to 30 mins


  • Heat oil in a pan and add curry leaves. Let them get fried well.
  • Add the marinated nethili fish to the pan and gently spread them evenly on the pan.
  • Allow the fish to fry slowly on a low to medium flame.
  • Once the bottom turned crisp and fried, then gently turn them upside down with a smooth ladle to prevent the fish from breakage.
  • Repeat this process until the anchovies fried well.
  • Serve hot.


  • Adding curry leaves to this recipe is completely optional but adding them will give a nice flavour to the recipe.
  • Adding spice powders can be adjusted as per your taste.
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