What would you do if you have some left over meen varuthathu (Kerala fish fry)? Some reheat in the MW or fry for a minute again in hot oil or some throw it away; right? I personally don’t like reheated fish fry especially Mathi / Sardine and Ayala / Mackerel fish fries. On my recent conversation with my mom’s sister she told me instead of throwing it away, make a side dish by crushing the deboned fried fish with some coconut, green chillies and shallots and sauté in a little oil. I tried it with the left over mathi/ sardine fry and it was superb!!! It is a great dish with boiled rice and yogurt or with Kanji (rice gruel). Now it is up to you whether you want to make it with the left over fish fry or fry some fish to make this dish :) :) :)
Varutha Meen Podichathu ~ A side dish made out of Leftover Kerala Fried Fish seasoned with coconut and spices :)
So here is how I made this dish:
I had 2 left over mathi/sardine fry, and I removed most of the bones and coarsely crushed the fish with 3 shallots, ½ cup grated coconut, 1 green chilly (adjust according to taste). Heat a teaspoon of oil and splutter mustard seeds and curry leaves and sauté the ground mixture stirring well, add salt if necessary. Enjoy this simple Kerala side dish with boiled rice or Kanji(rice gruel) :) :)
Sending this over to Kerala Kitchen hosted by Ria this month, featuring dishes inspired by Kerala :)...
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