Friday, May 07, 2010

Nethili Fish Fry: (Spicy Fried Anchovies)

Jayanthy Kumaran | 05:32 |

Nethili Fish Fry: 
                         (Spicy Fried Anchovies)

Nethili in Tamil and Commersons Anchovy in English, is one of the most tasty fish variety.  I love Nethili fry and it is a simple spicy dry fish fry. It is prepared by deep frying the spicy mixture. When cooked it tastes heavenly and goes very well with onion sambar rice and hot rasam rice. This is a spicy recipe  and you will definitely become a great fan of it, if you are a Non- Veggie…!                                                          


·         Dry Nethili fish                         - 2 cup
·         Onion                                       - 2
·         Ginger garlic paste                    - 1 tbsp
·         Oil                                            - 3 tbsp
·         Tomato                                     - 2
·         Turmeric pwd                            - a pinch
·         Red chilly pwd                          - 1 tbsp
·         Pepper pwd                              - ½ tbsp
·         Coriander leaves                       - handful
·         Salt to taste     


1.     Clean the dry nethili fish and wash well and soak for 10 mins.
2.     This helps to remove all the dirt from it.
3.     Wash and take the fish aside.
4.     Heat oil in a pan, add chopped onion and fry to transculent.
5.     Add ginger garlic paste, chopped tomato and fry until done.
6.     Add turmeric pwd, salt, red chilly pwd and pepper pwd.
7.     Mix well. Allow to cook by adding ½ cup water.
8.     Now add cleaned fish, combine well and cook it covered in the masala.
9.     Stir it gently by drizzling oil to the sides.
10.  Allow to fry in low heat for 10 mins, stirring once in a while.
11.  Once the fish absorbs all the curry to it, and turns thick consistency, turn off the flame.
12.  Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

13.  Serve hot with Onion Sambar rice or with Rasam rice.


  1. jay today i am planning to prepare the nethilifry..what a coincidence.Nethili fry is my hus favorite.And i love the curry too.Very tasty fish..
    The nethilifry looks so delicious dear..lovely picture and nice color

  2. super!! one of my favourite.. its goes well with sambar rice..

  3. Ohhw cute little ancchovies..Looks too good jay...Love the pics..

    Kairali sisters

  4. Slurppp!!my favourite with rasam rice..just love it..

  5. Wow looks sooooooooooooooo tempting ...soon i wiil try this fry.
    Happy Mother's day to u dear.

  6. i like this fish and yours looks very tempting...too good ...

  7. Oh my !! You can't imagine how much I love all over

  8. This is my favorite..this looks too good.

  9. i m nt tht mush into non vegeterian...just fish and chicken..tht too just grilled fish (salmon)..but this is my sis's fav...ur looks mothwatering...simply delicious...

  10. pearl (small) onion sambar and neththili fry - mmmmm..... yummy!!!

  11. jay,

    Anchovies fry looks really good.

  12. Hy Friends,
    I am very happy to receive so much appreciation and love from you. I am thankful for your precious time n valuable comments...:)

  13. Mouth watering Nethili fry goes well with Rasam Rice !!

  14. Wow! I love these neythli fry,brings back my childhood memories

  15. This is my favorite too...I love this with rasam sadam...yours looks so good Jay...nice presentation :)

  16. This is a really appetizing sidedish. Dried anchovies are very tasty.

  17. Hy Sridevi, Preeti, Gita, Biren and Umm Mymoonah,

    Glad you liked the spicy fried Anchovies, just give it a try, you would never forget its yummy taste...:)

  18. Nethili looks so yumm Jay!!! Loved fav with rice and rasam! Awww, I'll forget the world! ;)

  19. I love netholi fry... this looks great...

  20. Hy Love2cook,

    we have same taste..I too love the combination of hot rasam rice and spicy Nethili fry...:)

  21. Dear Fathima,

    Thanks a lot...!

  22. Wow the fish curry looks fabulous .Can i have it dear..Wish u the same dear.

  23. hello Jay!!

    Thanks for visiting my blog that lead me to yours!!

    You have a COOL foodblog here!

    This dish sings to me! Yummmmm,...!!!!

  24. Hy Vineela, Sophie,

    Thanks so much for your inspiring words dear...:)

  25. Oh boy! Nethili with Rasam, Awesome.

  26. love this dish...looks simply the best

  27. Hy Hema, Aysha,

    Thanks darling for your valuable feedback...:)

  28. lovely this nethili meen a lot

  29. Spicy, yummy nethili fry..Love it with rice and yoghurt..

  30. Hy Trendsetters, yummy team,

    Thank You..:)


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