Mathi Meen Varuval

Mathi Meen Varuval

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Resting time 10 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 people


  • cast iron skillet


To marinate

  • 5-6 Medium sized Sardine Fish
  • 1.5 tbsp Red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Kashmiri Red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • 1/2 Lemon juice
  • 1-2 tbsp Water

To Fry

  • 2-3 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 5-6 no.s Curry leaves


To Marinate the fish

  • Take a wide plate, add in the spice powders mentioned in ‘to marinate’ and mx it with little water at a time and make into a thick paste not too runny not too thick. It should be soft enough to be able to spread on the fish.
  • Next, apply the prepared fish masala on the outside of the fish and let it be fully covered, add some masala on the inside as well.
  • Let it sit in the fridge and marinate for at least 10-15 minutes. Longer the better flavour.

To Fry the Fish

  • Heat a cast iron pan or a non stick pan, add coconut oil and allow it to become hot, add the curry leaves to infuse some flavour into the oil. ( be careful the curry leaves will sputter when added to hot oil.
  • Add the marinated fish one by one and let it cook on medium flame for about 5-7 mins on one side.
  • Then gently flip it over to the other side and let to cook for another 5-7 minutes on medium flame.
  • When the fish is done, the masala would have roasted well.
  • Remove the fish on to a plate and serve with rice.
Keyword Fish fry, Mathi meen, Sardine fish