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Anchovies- Ko Netholi, Kozhuva Fry- Kerala Recipe

Crispy fried anchovies or ko netholi…

When it comes to fish, I love fried fish better than the fish in the curries. Growing up in Kerala, I used to enjoy fish almost everyday. My mom used to fry a few fish & the remaining fish was added to the fish curry.

Anchovies are a popular fish in Kerala, small & big anchovies are available. Big anchovies have a slight sweet taste & tastes delish when fried.

The other day, when I bought the big anchovies (called Ko netholi or kozhuva in Kerala) I fried most of them. For the marination simple spices are added, don’t add a lot of spices that will be overpowering & it will mask the taste of the fish. Fried in coconut oil, tasted absolutely delish.

Anchovies- Ko Netholi, Kozhuva Fry- Kerala Recipe
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
  • Big anchovies or ko netholi- 15
  • Chili powder- 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Ground black pepper- ½ tsp
  • Salt- 1 tsp
  • Coconut oil- ½ cup, for frying
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  1. I've taken big anchovies, you can also use small anchovies.
  2. Clean the fish well under running water, don't have to debone the fish.
  3. Take the fish in a bowl, add chili powder, turmeric powder, ground black pepper & salt, combine well.
  4. Let marinate for 15 minutes.
  5. Place a frying pan over medium heat, add coconut oil.
  6. Place the marinated anchovies in the oil, add curry leaves.
  7. Fry the fish, flip over & let both the sides turn golden brown & crispy.
  8. This fish is very delicate & will break apart, so avoid stirring them.
  9. Transfer to a plate & enjoy with rice.



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