Mathi Varuthathu Recipe | Sardine Fry | ചാള വറുത്തത് Recipe

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  • Yield : 10
  • Servings : 5
  • Prep Time : 40m
  • Cook Time : 10m
  • Ready In : 50m

Mathi Varuthathu Recipe | Sardine Fry | ചാള വറുത്തത് Recipe

Mathi Varuthathu Recipe or sadine fry is very tasty and simple to make. Mathi Varuthathu Recipe or ചാള വറുത്തത് is an inevitable side dish among Keralites. Sardines or Mathi is usually used to fry and curry. It is also called Chaala Varuthathu and is a healthy side dish / curry.

Mathi / Chaala contains lots of vitamins and calcium. Sardines are high in Omega fatty acids which controls triglycerides and cholesterol as well as good for bones.

How to cut the Fish:

If you get the whole fishes, first remove the scales using a knife. To do this, just slide the knife across the fish in opposite directions to remove the scales. Then cut the head off. After that make an incision, one inch long near the stomach using a sharp knife. Pull off the inside thread and a sac like stuff using your fingers, it will come off easily. Now rinse well in water.

If you get your fish already scaled, gutted and chopped, just wash the fishes and proceed.

Mathi Varuthathu or Sadine Fry

Mathi Varuthathu


  • Mathi / sardines / chaala fish- 10 nos
  • Red chilly powder - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coconut oil - 1 cup
  • Curry leaves - 2 sting
  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Clean the fish with water, and add salt and lime juice. Make 5 gashes on each side of the fish.

Step 2

Take a bowl and add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice and make a smooth paste by adding little water .

Step 3

Gently spread the paste all over the fish and leave for marination for 30 minutes.

Step 4

Heat coconut oil in a pan and add the fish pieces with curry leaves. Shallow fry the fish in medium flame.

Step 5

Flip the fish pieces carefully after 6 minutes and fry for another 5 minutes.

Step 6

Tasty Mathi varuthathu is ready.

Step 7

Serve hot with rice.



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