Thursday, 11 September 2014

Crispy fried Anchovies

Crispy fried Anchovies - super simple and easy to make. Fresh anchovies are cleaned, de-boned and marinated with Indian Spice mix. These are crispy on the outside , soft pillowy from inside. Best served with steamed rice and rasam / fish curry. 


  • 500 Grams of Fresh Anchovies 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon red chilli powder ( you can use paprika instead of red chilli powder and skip adding turmeric powder)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoon vegetable oil for deep frying

Preparation :

I used fresh anchovies. Hence I washed them thrice with a big pinch of turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon sea salt. Pat dried the fish with paper towel


2. Gently Pulled out the tender bone. You could retain the bone if you like it with bone in. Infact bone gets crispy when you deep fry the anchovies. I did debone because it is easier to feed my kids. Kids can just pick up with tail and eat fish and I need not worry about bones.



1. Mix turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder, lemon juice, salt in a small bowl with 2 teaspoons of water 

2. Add this spice mixture over the anchovies and toss them gently such that anchovies are well coated with spice mix                             

3. Keep the anchovies in a bowl and cover with cling wrap. Refrigerate overnight or marinate for 1 hour at room temperature                               

4. Bring the fish to room temperature before frying if you are refrigerating overnight

5. Add 3 tablespoon oil in a frying pan. Once the oil is hot, drop about 5 anchovies in the hot oil and fry on medium flame                           

6. Flip sides once and fry until fish turns light brown and crispy

7. Remove from the oil and place it on a plate lined with paper towel. Fry rest of the anchovies in the pan in the batches of 5 or 6

8. Serve hot with crispy fried curry leaves topped off. I served it with steamed rice and spicy fish curry



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