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About this recipe: Some people want to know whether certain popular cuisines are in the traditional way, like the way our mothers and grandmothers used to prepare. I'm trying to provide here some recipes to meet such needs. This is Fried Fish in traditional Kodava (Coorg) style.

KanikeIynanda Karnataka, India


  • 1 kg fish (Mackerel or Sardine or Pomfret or prawn or similar)
  • 2 tablespoons red chili powder
  • 3 tablespoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons Jeera (cumin seeds)
  • 2 tablespoon Black vinegar (Kachanpuli) or tamarind paste
  • 1 pod garlic (medium)
  • Salt to taste
  • Cooking oil for shallow fry


  1. If mackerel is being prepared, cut each into two pieces. Make a few slits on the surface.
  2. Take the fish in a bowl and add 1 ½ tablespoon turmeric powder, 1 tablespoon black vinegar or tamarind paste, 2 teaspoon salt and 2-3 cups of water and mix thoroughly to clean.
  3. Throw the water out and rinse twice with water.
  4. Grind cumin seeds and garlic without water to a coarse powder.
  5. Marinating Take the cleaned fish in a bowl. Add chili powder, remaining turmeric, 1 table spoon black vinegar or tamarind paste, ground cumin seeds and garlic and salt to taste. Mix well and keep aside for half to one hour.
  6. Shallow Frying Pour 3 tablespoons of cooking oil into a pan and heat in low flame. Place the marinated fish and cover the pan with the lid. Fry this way for 2 – 3 minutes and then remove the lid and continue frying till done. Flip over each piece and fry till done.
  7. Fried Fish is ready for serving.

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