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Karimeen Varuthathu !! (Pearl spot fry)

Ayala porichathundu…karimeen varuthathundu..kudampuliyittu vacha nalla chemmeen kariyundu…
These are the beginning lines of a famous malayalam film song where a loving wife invites her hubby  for lunch describing the scrumptious fish preparations she got for him.She mentions about the Spicy Ayala/mackerel  and pearlspot fries and then tempting him with the narration of prawn curry simmered along with coccum..A good example of  how dedicated we are into fish !!
 Karimeen/Pearl spot is one fresh water fish we all die for in Kerala..We prepare immense dishes with this distinct flavored fish like simmering in coconut milk,wrap along with spicy masala and grill,and of course a spicy pan fry.If you are having this for the first time,be careful about the sharp small bones.Clean the fish always rubbing salt and vinegar.
I have already posted a fish fry recipe here,which can be used for any variety fish.This,however, is with slight changes adding ginger and garlic,so to be spicy and lime juice which can enhance the natural flavor of karimeen.


5 medium size whole karimeen/pearlspot
Coconut oil as needed

To Grind

10 shallots
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp chilly powder
2 tbsp crushed black peppercorns
1 small piece of ginger
2 cloves of garlic
Lime juice of one Lime
2 sprig curry leaves
salt,water as needed


  • Clean the fish rubbing salt and vinegar.Make gashes on both sides.
  • Meanwhile grind all other ingredients adding water if needed to make it a fine marinade.
  • Apply the marinade over each Pearlspot.Marinate for at least one hour.
  • Heat the oil in a skillet and fry the fish over law heat.Flip over when one side is done,and fry on the other side.
  • Serve hot with rice,curry and thoran.

3 comments on “Karimeen Varuthathu !! (Pearl spot fry)

  1. Jay
    February 21, 2011

    wow…very tempting recipe with perfect version…
    first time here…awesome space with lovely posts..
    happy to follow u..
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty appetite


  2. Suja Sugathan
    February 21, 2011

    Delicious fish fry,loved the masala,nice recipe.


  3. Mélange
    February 23, 2011

    Thanks Jay,for your kind feedback !!
    Thanks Suja.


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This entry was posted on February 21, 2011 by in Fish, kerala food, pearlspot.


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