While traveling back and getting close to Kerala, we could smell the sea and hear the wave hit the shore. We couldn’t wait to enjoy the fresh seafood and Kerala style home cooking. We’ve been longing for vegetable stew in coconut cream, refried tender beans in coconut oil with shallots, the simple cabbage with shredded coconut, and of course the spicy fried fish.
Back in Thailand, fried fish means simple salt, garlic and pepper, but when my husband took me to South Indian restaurant and tried the spicy fried fish for the first time, I was hooked. I loved this crispy and spicy fish. It’s good with rice. I also love to eat it with simple cabbage and onion salad.
Kerala Fried Fish
Ingredients: (4 servings)
500 gm fish sliced (seer fish, king fish, pomfret, any fish of your choice)
5 gloves garlic
1 inch long ginger
1 green chili
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp cumin powder
Oil for frying
How to cook:
Place garlic, chili, ginger, shallots in the food processor and blend until fine paste.
Combine this paste, salt, chili powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder in the mixing bowl.
Add about 1-2 tbsp of water and mix well to create a thick marinade paste.
Apply the paste on fish slice and allow marinating for 15-30 minutes.
In the large pan, add the oil and heat it over the medium heat.
Add the fish and shallow fry for about 2-3 minutes each side, or until cook and crispy.
Serve hot with some coconut rice or salad.
Fried fish is a must in everyday Kerala households. About lunch time, the smells of delicious fish shine from every kitchen in the area. The cats know their ways to find the leftovers after lunch. Everyone loves their spicy fried fish, I know you will love it, too 🙂