Mackeral Fish Fry – Kerala style



  1. Mackeral/ Ayala – 1 kg.
  2. Red chilly powder – 3 heaping tsps.
  3. Sweet paprika powder  – 2 heaping tsps.
  4. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp.
  5. Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp.
  6. Salt – 2.25 tsps.
  7. Lime juice – 1.5 tbsps.
  8. Sunflower oil to shallow fry the fish pieces


  1. Make gashes on the fish pieces.
  2. Mix together all the ingredients from 2 to 7 to make a paste. The marinade should neither be too thick or too thin. Marinate the fish pieces with this paste for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat approx. 1/2 cup of oil in a frying pan. When the oil becomes really hot, lower the heat to sim and carefully slide in the fish pieces. Increase heat to medium after 5 minutes of frying. After 15 minutes flip the fish pieces and cook the other side also for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.
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