Nethili Fish Fry: (Spicy Fried Anchovies)

7 May 2010

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.

32 Yummy Comments:

PranisKitchen said...

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

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

Kairali sisters said...

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

Kairali sisters

Priya said...

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

divya said...

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

Sushma Mallya said...

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

Gulmohar said...

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

Suja Sugathan said...

This is my favorite..this looks too good.

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...

Chitra said...

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

Swathi said...


Anchovies fry looks really good.

Jay said...

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...:)

Sridevi said...

Mouth watering Nethili fry goes well with Rasam Rice !!

Preety said...

looks perfect

Umm Mymoonah said...

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

Gita Jaishankar said...

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

Biren said...

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

Jay said...

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...:)

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

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

Fathima said...

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

Jay said...

Hy Love2cook,

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

Jay said...

Dear Fathima,

Thanks a lot...!

VineelaSiva said...

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

Sophie said...

hello Jay!!

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

You have a COOL foodblog here!

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

Jay said...

Hy Vineela, Sophie,

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

Hema said...

Oh boy! Nethili with Rasam, Awesome.

Aysha said...

love this dish...looks simply the best

Jay said...

Hy Hema, Aysha,

Thanks darling for your valuable feedback...:)

Trendsetters said...

lovely this nethili meen a lot

Yummy Team said...

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

Jay said...

Hy Trendsetters, yummy team,

Thank You..:)

Anto Ronson said...

Hard to live without fish............. Now am Enjoying................Thank You

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