05 February 2013


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  1. Netholi/Anchovies( cleaned)-  250 gm
  2. Curry leaves- 2 to 3 sprigs
  3. Oil for frying

For masala

  1. Kashmiri chili powder- 2 tsp
  2. Coriander powder-1 1/2 tsp
  3. Black pepper powder-1/4 to 1/2 tsp
  4. Fennel powder- 1 pinch
  5. Ginger-crushed-1/2 " piece
  6. Garlic-crushed-3 cloves
  7. Curry leaves- few
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Water-as required


  • Combine all the ingredients for the masala to form a thick paste.Mix anchovies with this masala paste and keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Heat oil in a pan and add curry leaves ,let it splutter.
  • Now add anchovies and shallow fry ,turning once in between until done.( you can also deep fry anchovies on a medium flame ,if desired)

Note:Adjust the spice level  according to your taste.
For best results use coconut oil.


  1. This is one of my favorite fish..I am literally drooling here !! Love the presentation with banana leaves

  2. Excellent presentation, mouthwatering masala!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  3. i love nethili fry...lovely presentation.. 1 st time here nice collection of recipes you have,when ur free please drop into my space

  4. I never try this before and now i am thinking to try it as soon as possible becaouse i really like your recipe and the way you present awesome. I hope you will add some more material in future. anchovies.co.uk


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