Thursday, 9 February 2012

Vajra Meen Podi Varuval (Traditional Fare)

This recipe is from Southern Tamil Nadu. As the name suggests, King fish is used here but you can make this with any fish or prawns.

Slices of king fish: 4
Lime juice: 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder: ½ tsp
Tamarind pulp: 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Oil to shallow fry

 For the masala “PODI”:

Channa dhal/split chick peas: 1 tbsp
Black gram dhal: 1 tbsp
Whole black pepper: 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Fennel/aniseed: 1 tbsp
Dry red chilli: 6
Curry leaves: a few


Marinate the fish slices with salt, turmeric, lime juice & tamarind pulp for 10 minutes.
In the meantime, dry roast the ingredients for “PODI” & powder it coarsely.
Heat oil, about 2 tbsps. Coat each piece of fish in the powdered masala & fry.
Turn over & brown both sides evenly.

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