Nethili Varuval (or Lake smelt fritters) is a scrumptious sea food delight from the sea. It is coated with spiced rub which is then deep fried. You can eat this fish with bones which is extremely crispy.
In Southern part of India, Nethili (anchovy) fish is picked from coastal areas of Indian Ocean. Similar to Nethili, there is an another variety of fish called smelt which is picked in Great Lakes.
Its a great party appetizer especially when you have guests at home.
200 gms Lake smelt (or) Anchovies
4 Garlic Cloves, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp pepper powder
1/2 tsp Red Chili powder
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
1/4 cup Corn Flour
Oil for deep frying
- Marinate anchovies (nethili fish) with garlic cloves, pepper powder, red chili powder, lemon and season with salt. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
- Add corn flour to the marinated anchovies
- Heat oil for deep frying. Gently drop anchovies one by one. Fry in medium heat until it turns deep red color. Use an absorbent paper to drain excess oil
- Serve immediately garnished with chopped coriander leaves and onion slices