Friday, January 28, 2022

KARIMEEN FRY / CRISPY FRIED PEARL SPOT FISH / SPICY KERALA KARIMEEN


 Karimeen fish is a very popular one from Kerala. (India). The English name is Pearl Spot Fish. It is usually fried whole with a spicy marination which is served as a snack in local eateries and toddy shacks. However it can also be cooked in the curry form.

Some known facts about this fish

  •  Karimeen Fish enjoys the pride of being the official fish of Kerala state which was declared by the state government in the year 2010.  It is a highly nutritive fish. 
  •  Along with a good amount of meat Karimeen also includes fat, phosphorus and calcium
  • Karimeen fishes have the special ability to live equally in both pure and saline waters. They are mainly found in rivers, ponds, farm fields, canals and estuaries. 
  • Apart from Kerala, Karnataka and Orissa are the other major states where Karimeen is found in India.


Ingredients
Karimeen ........... 2-3 (medium size)
Fennel or saunf powder ....... 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder ................ 1 tbsp (or as you like)
Black pepper ....................... 1/2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste .............. 2 tbsps
Rice powder ........................ 1 tbsp
Lemon juice ........................ 1 & 1/2 tbsps ( you may use tamarind juice instead )
Salt ...................................... to taste
Curry leaf sprigs .................. 6-7
Oil ........................................ to fry as needed ( preferably coconut oil)

Method:
1. Clean the fish well. Remove the scales. Discard the gills and fins. Wash under running water thouroughly.
2. Make gashes on both sides.
3. Sprinkle salt and rub it well on the fish.
4. Squeeze out lime juice and rub it nicely.
5. Set it aside for 1 hour. This is the first marination.
6. In a bowl mix all the ingredients except oil. This is for the second marination.
7. After one hour wash the fish again to remove excess salt.
8. Rub the mixture (second marination) well on the fish including the gashes and inside the head.
9. Cover and set it aside until you are ready to fry. It is better to refrigerate the fish.
10. Heat oil in a flat bottomed pan to medium hot. Line it with curry leaf sprigs.
11. Place the marinated fish on them and cover the lid.
12. Fry on medium flame for 6-7 minutes on one side.
13. Flip the fish carefully and fry the second side for 3-4 minutes covered. 
14. The frying time may vary if the fish is larger in size. 
15. Remove it and serve hot. 
16. You can relish it like a snack or pair it with dal chawal 

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