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Curry Leaves Fish Fry / Karuveppilai Meen Varuval

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It has been more than a year since I posted any seafood recipes. I used to cook only for the husband and now a days he also stopped eating it. Now, You might wonder for whom I cooked this fish fry. We invited newly married couple for dinner at our home and I planned for big vegetarian menu. But the bride requested me to prepare some fish fry when I asked about her recipe choice.

I got a KG of seer fish and thought of experimenting this fish fry using curry leaves for a change. What if the bride doesn’t like the taste of it? I didn’t want to disappoint her and decided to prepare this fish fry and saved some for curry leaves fish fry. When I served both the fries to them, nothing left and got a good feedback and they said it was a perfect fish fry for those who look for many varieties.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Idle Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 2


Fish fillets – 400 grams (I used 9 pieces of vanjaram meen / seer fish)
Curry Leaves – 1/2 cup, lightly packed
Green Chillies – 3 nos
Ginger garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
Rice flour / Corn flour – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – a big pinch

Salt – to taste
Lemon Juice – 1 teaspoon or juice from half a lemon


1) Wash the fish fillets well in water and keep it aside.
2) Wash curry leaves. Take all the ingredients in a mixer except lemon juice, salt, turmeric powder and rice flour. Grind them to a fine paste. If required add only 1 teaspoon of water.

3) Transfer this paste to a bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
4) Add washed fish fillets. Make a coating to all the fish fillets.

5) Marinate it for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour.
6) After 30 minutes, Take a pan and shallow fry it for 3-5 minutes on each side or until the fish cooked well on both side. You can also deep fry it.

7) Serve with slices of onion and lemon wedges.

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Vineetha Sush

Mouthwatering fish fry…loved ur pics too 🙂


Awesome clicks as usual 🙂 And loved the fish fry with a twist !!

Nargis Aara

a unique combo 🙂

Divya Shivaraman

i can imagine how much deep the taste would be…super yummy


Hmm would make some panner with these curry leaves like your method!
Looks great!

Hamaree Rasoi

Delicious and mouthwatering fish fry.


Omg… This was super delicious… Awesome clicks….


yummy fry..very tempting…


delicious and tasty fish fry…

Priya Suresh

Aromatic fish fry,mouthwatering here.

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks

wow ! that shud taste just great..loved your version and absolutely no oil too.


Wow!! drooling here! these look absolutely fab!


Looks yummy, I love the taste of curry leaves. will certainly try it out.