20 September 2015

Netholi Meen Pattichathu/ Meen Peera/ Meen Thoran/Kerala Anchovy recipe


 "Best things come in small packages!"

True that !..When it comes to seafood,Anchovies/Netholi/Kozhuva hits a Home run !

Apart from the forever cleaning and cutting this little one,by look and by taste ,they are really cute and best ..for me at least...as if they want to teach me like my life ,"Patience is a great virtue !" ....


 Did you know that ? (Credit:mnn.com)
  • Anchovies provides as many grams of Omega-3s as a salmon fish and twice of Halibut fish .
  • Anchovies are low in mercury or any other toxins .So,safe during pregnancy as well.
 One of my favorite anchovy/netholi recipe is a very famous traditional Kerala fish recipe,meen peera patichathu , fish covered in a coarse coconut mixture with a little tanginess of Gambodge/Kudampulli added to it .It can be a dry fish side dish or a main course food item .It goes awesome with simple boiled rice not Basmati though and that's exactly the way I enjoy every bit of it .However,you can enjoy it with roti/chapathi,dosa,appam etc ,any way your taste bud will be pleased .


 There are different  ways to prepare a meen peera patichathu/Meen thoran .This is one of the way, I make meen peera pattichathu at home ; though,shallots /kunjullis are used for this recipe in Kerala,I've intentionally used the regular onion just to show,you can make a tasty meen patichathu even if you don't have shallots at home as they are not always available abroad.But yes,shallots gives the authentic taste to this recipe for sure.So,if you have it,use it instead :) ,otherwise make it like this way :-


Netholi meen peera /Meen patichathu/Meen thoran


Anchovies/Netholi/Nethili/Kozhuva /chudaa- 500 gm
Coconut,grated - 1 1/2 cup - 2 cups
Gambodge/Kudampuli- 3-4 nos
Shallots/kunj ulli - 3-4 nos
Ginger - 1" piece
Garlic,big cloves - 2-3 nos
Green chilies,large - 2-4 nos
Turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
Water - 1 cup
A few curry leaves
Coconut oil - 1-2 tablespoons 
Mustard seeds 
Salt to taste

Method & tips:
 Please watch this quick video that will show you how to :
Note:You can use any small fish instead of Anchovies.If the green chilies are not that fierce,you may have to add more to make it spicy.This recipe is not that spicy at all.

Pattichey pattichey...
Alla meen pattichannu paranjada keto :P...:)....never mind-ey....

Eat,love,live DELICIOUSLY,

P.S.You may also like- Learn fish names, How to clean and cut Anchoy/netholi meen  , How to remove the fish odor,