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Kerala Fish Fry recipe

Kerala Fish Fry recipe - Meen Varathathu recipe. A staple dish from the famous state of Kerala, this fish fry is pretty simple to make with the ingredients that you can find right in your kitchen.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine South Indian
Keyword kerala fish fry
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marination Time 30 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 341kcal
Author Fareeha


  • 500 gms fish cleaned
  • 1 tsp red chili powder / lal mirch powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder / haldi powder
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil / nariyal ka tel
  • few sprigs of curry leaves


Preparing fish

  • Mix the red chili powder, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, cumin powder, black pepper powder and salt with a tsp of coconut oil to make a batter.
  • Coat the fish with this masala and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes for marination.

Making Kerala Fish Fry

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and allow to splutter. Next, add the curry leaves and place the marinated fish.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and fry till it turns brown on one side. Next, flip over the other side and fry till brown. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon. 
  • Your delicious Kerala Fish Fry recipe - Meen Varathathu recipe is ready to serve hot with rice and gravy.



  • You can make this fish fry with any variety of fish. 
  • Clean the fish thoroughly and apply turmeric powder and salt. Set aside for some time for an enhanced taste.
  • You can skip the marination if you are short on time.