- Cleaned Sardine – ½ kg
- Chilli Powder – 1 table spoon
- Turmeric Powder – 1 teaspoon
- Pepper Powder – 2 teaspoons
- Lemon juice – 3 teaspoons
- Salt – 1 1/2 teaspoons
- Water – 1 Cup
- Curry leaves – 10 leaves
Clean and wash the fish well. This preparation is best when sardines have plenty of fat.
While cleaning, take out the fat from inside if there is any (white fat deposits inside the fish), wash well and use it for frying. Make small cuts on the fish as shown in picture so the salt as well as masala seeps in.
Mix all the above ingredients nicely, apply it over both sides and inside the fish, keep it aside for 15 to 30 minutes so the fish will absorb the masala. Since I don’t like it to be very spicy added less chilli powder.
Take a frying pan pour water and place the fish in, if there is earlier removed fat add it in, add curry leaves and then keep the pan closed on slow fire. Cook it and when the water dries up fat from the fish begins to ooze out and the fish will get fried, turn it into the other side also and fry well and have the yummy fish fry for lunch or dinner with rice. Once fully fried you can add 1 teaspoon coconut oil if you wish, not necessary.
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