Varutha Meen / Eera – Deep Fried Fish and Shrimp
Crispy aromatic fish/prawn fries with squeezed lime on top and even crispier onions as sides is a true delight for any seafood lovers. The fishes were given a spa treatment with a tasty marinade of mint, coriander, coconut, onions and few spices. A little massage here and there made my marinade enter through their fleshy chunks and this made every bite juicy. It was a yummy treat and they were super delicious. Do give it a try and it will be a great hit among kids.
- 6-8 fish pieces (Tilapia, Pomfret) – descaled and cleaned
- 10-15 shrimps/prawns – deshelled and cleaned
- 1 onion – cubed
- 1/2 tbsp coconut shavings
- 2 tsp ginger -garlic paste
- 1/2 cup coriander leaves
- 1/2 cup mint leaves
- 2 green chillies
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 2 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tbsp all purpose flour
- 2 tsp corn flour
- 1/2 cup water
- Salt to taste
- Oil to fry
Rinse the de-scaled fishes and de-shelled prawns in water and give it a complete wash. Add little vinegar and wash again in the running water. Drain the water completely and pat dry with kitchen towel. Now add a teaspoon of turmeric powder and set them aside covered.
Grind all the ingredient (except the fishes / prawns/ oil) to a fine paste. Adjust the heat according to your palate. Add them to the fishes/prawns and cover it with a plastic wrap. Let them sit in the refrigerator for 30 min (minimum)
Once done, remove from the fridge and leave it in the kitchen table. Heat corn oil/ vegetable oil in a kadai on a high flame. Once they get heated up, bring down the flame to low. Throw in about 2 or 3 fish pieces and cook for 15 min on one side. Flip them over and cook the other side for another 15 min. Check on both sides for any raw marinade sticking around. Then cook till done.
Serve hot with lemon wedges and raw onions.
Repeat the same for prawns.