This is a small fish with small bones. You can even eat the bones of this dish. That bones makes the dish tastier i think.
Here in US, you can get frozen nethili or canned anchovies. I got frozen Nethili fish from an Indian store and tried this Nethili fry. We like it very much.. Here comes the recipe for Nethili fry.
English — Anchovies
Tamil — Nethili/ Nethali
|2 cup||Frozen nethili fish|
|1 tsp||Red chilli powder|
|½ tsp||Cumin powder|
|½ tsp||Coriander powder|
|½ tsp||Fennel seeds (perum serakam)|
|1 tsp||Ginger garlic paste|
|½ tsp||Lemon juice or vinegar|
|Salt for taste|
|Few curry leaves|
Wash and clean the fish. Mix it along with the above ingredients and allow it to marinate for 15 to 30 mins.
Heat oil in a pan and fry the fish. Dont crowd the pan with more fish. Fry it till it become brown color. Then throw in 2 strings of curry leaves in the oil and mix it with the fried fish. This will enhance the flavor. Enjoy with rasam rice and rice or with dosa, idli..