Chettinadu Vanjaram Meen Varuval / Chettinad Seer Fish Fry

Chettinad Vanjaram Meen Varuval

Things have quite changed back at home. Things to-do in my list are going endless and I feel like I became very lazy and not going on my plan. I want a break where I wish to cook my own recipes, click a picture of it and enjoy eating of it. No wonder! I feel very much relaxed when I do something in which I am interested...

My feelings apart, let me come to today's recipe. Eating fish or any non-veg recipes were like once in a while and sometimes we buy on consecutive weeks depends on my husband's liking. Before he buys anything he wanted, he used to tell how I would need to prepare it. This time he wanted fish  fry in chettinad style. As per the recipe given by my MIL, I made these fries except which I added kalpasi which she never adds it. She adds more pepper, where I have reduced it a bit.

This way, any fish can be used to make fry but I used Seer fish(Vanjaram Meen) which is also called as Neimeen and King fish.

Chettinad Vanjaram Meen Varuval

Basic Information:

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Idle Time: 1 hour or overnight
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes

Chettinad Seer Fish Fry


Vanjaram Meen / Seer Fish - 750g
Oil - as required to fry fish

For the Masala:

Red chilli powder - 3 teaspoons
Coriander powder - 2 teaspoons
Pepper - 1/4 teaspoon
Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Fennel seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Cloves - 2 nos.,
Cinnamon stick - 1 inch piece
Kal Paasi - a small pinch (optional)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Oil - 1 teaspoon
Small onions - 6 nos.,
Ginger - 1 teaspoon, finely chopped
Garlic - 1 teaspoon, finely chopped
Salt - to taste
Water - few tablespoons


1) Wash the fish fillets in cold water.
2) Dry roast all the spices from red chilli powder to turmeric powder in thick bottom kadai in low flame. Once done, transfer to a plate and add a teapsoon of oil to the same kadai. Add small onion and saute till it becomes soft. Transfer it to a plate. Grind the roasted spices, sauteed onion, ginger and garlic together in a mixie with the help of little water. Grind till u get a smooth, thick consistency.

Chettinad Fish Fry-Step1

3) Add salt to it and mix well. The ground paste should be thick. Now, the chettinad masala is ready.
4) Apply this masala to the fish fillets and arrange them in a wide plate.

Chettinad Fish Fry-Step3

5) Keep covered using cling wrap and let it be untouched for 1 hour for marination. You can even keep this masala coated fish inside the refrigerator for overnight. If you keep the fish in fridge, bring it to room temperature before frying it.

Chettinad Fish Fry-Step3

6) Heat tawa. Place the fish fillets gently, drizzle enough oil to cook the fish. Turn to other side to cook other side after few minutes. Use oil generously for the tasty fish. Alternately you can deep fry these fish fillets.

Chettinad Fish Fry-Step4

7) Serve hot with slices onion and lemon wedges.

Chettinad Style Seer Fish Fry


1) This masala can be stored in refrigerator for 2-3 days. Alternatively, you can roast the spices and store in a clean bottle for a month time and when u are about to prepare the fish fry, saute the onion and grind it with required quantity of masala and ginger garlic paste.
2) Kalpaasi is optional. As you know, I am little intolerant to the smell of fried fish and hence I added it. Fish lovers can simple avoid it.
3) Choose thin slices for perfect marination of fish. Any types of fish fillets can be used.

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wow what a tempting pics!delicious..
Please link youer recipes to my event

Wow fish perfectly coated with Masala... awesome click.

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