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Natholi oru cheriya meen alla! “…this is the title name of  a Malayalam movie.It means Anchovy or Natholi in Malayalam is not a small fish! Thats very true..They might be small in size, but they are fishes which hold such huge flavour for such small fish .Anchovies are one among the most tastiest among fishes. Not to forget its nutritional benifits. They are such good source of Protien, Calcium ,Iron ,Magnesium, Zinc and Phosphorous. In addition to that they contain Vitamins like B-12,B-6,thiamine,riboflavin and so many more. So nutritious isn’t it?

There are many ways to cook Natholi,one among them is frying. I have shallow fried them in this recipe.This is my version of Kerala style Natholi fry.Check it out!


  • Anchovies – 250gms
  • Oil for shallow frying.

For Marination:

  • Kashmiri chilli powder –3 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Pepper powder –1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek powder – 1 pinch
  • Garam Masala /Meat masala – ¾ tsp
  • Ginger crushed – ½ inch piece.
  • Garlic crushed – 2 big pearls.
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as required


In a bowl, combine all the ingredients under “For Marination” into a thick paste.

Add the cleaned natholi/Anchovies to this masala paste .Mix well and keep aside for 15 minutes.

Now heat oil in a pan and add the anchovies and shallow fry them, turning/flipping them once in between until done.

Transfer to a serving dish.Serve with Rice and Enjoy!

You can check  here my recipe of Kerala nadan fish fry if needed.


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