How to prepare Karimeen Fry

How to prepare Karimeen Fry

Karimeen or Pearl Spot is one of the best freshwater fish in Kerala. Its also known as Green Chromide which flourishes well in Kerala backwaters. Karimeen Fry, Karimeen Pollichathu, Karimeen Mappas is one of the best recipes in God’s own Country at Kerala.


Pearl Spot/Karimeen – 4 nos (Around 1 lb or 1/2 kg)

Ginger Garlic Paste – 2 tbsp

Kashmiri Chilly Powder – 1 tbsp

Red Chilly Powder – 1 tbsp (Alter according to your spice tolerance)

Turmeric Power – 1/2 tbsp

Black Pepper Powder – 1 tbsp

Coriander Powder – 1 tbsp (Optional)

Eastern Fish Masala Powder – 1 tbsp (Optional)

Vinegar – 1 to 2 tbsp (Alternatively, you can use Lemon Juice)

Salt – to taste

Oil – as needed for frying

Preparation Method

  • Clean the fish finely. Remove the eyes, fins and scales and make slight gashes on both sides of the fish. You can cut the mouth with the help of kitchen shears
  • Marinate the fish with above ingredients and apply it on the fish. Stuff some marinate inside the fish. Refrigerate for about one to two hours for better flavor.
  • Heat oil in a pan. You can deep or shallow fry the fish until its crisp and brown
  • Serve the fish with sliced onions, tomatoes and a wedge of lemon.

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