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  1. Netholi/Anchovies( cleaned)-  250 gm
  2. Curry leaves- 2 to 3 sprigs
  3. Oil for frying

For masala

  1. Kashmiri chili powder- 2 tsp
  2. Coriander powder-1 1/2 tsp
  3. Black pepper powder-1/4 to 1/2 tsp
  4. Fennel powder- 1 pinch
  5. Ginger-crushed-1/2 ” piece
  6. Garlic-crushed-3 cloves
  7. Curry leaves- few
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Water-as required


  • Combine all the ingredients for the masala to form a thick paste.Mix anchovies with this masala paste and keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add curry leaves ,let it splutter.
  • Now add anchovies and shallow fry ,turning once in between until done.( you can also deep fry anchovies on a medium flame ,if desired)
Note:Adjust the spice level  according to your taste.

For best results use coconut oil.

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  • Reply
    February 5, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    This is one of my favorite fish..I am literally drooling here !! Love the presentation with banana leaves

  • Reply
    Prathima Rao
    February 6, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Excellent presentation, mouthwatering masala!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  • Reply
    Revathi Ramkumar
    February 6, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    i love nethili fry…lovely presentation.. 1 st time here nice collection of recipes you have,when ur free please drop into my space

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