Deep Fried Anchovy

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I’ve always been intrigued by these so called surplus fish, relegated to side dishes and sauces only. My challenge has been to bring anchovy to the main platter. Yes, it’s a challenge to chew in the bones if you are/have a kid but not much so at all if the frying is appropriate.

Crossing my fingers I went ahead with this one, the fish being a mud sucker makes it a challenge to clean as well.

Trust me, it was all worth it. In a matter of minutes, was a very tasty, crunchy fish fritters there could be. Party On !

….need to know (food details)

  • Number of people served : 3 to 4.
  • Preparation time : 20 minutes
  • Serving size : Bowlfuls each.

….and we need (ingredients)

  • Anchovy, 500 grams : These are extremely pungent on their own so need good cooking. It’s rich in proteins and Omega 3 fatty acids as well. 
  • Salt, 3/4th teaspoon : Use the coarse sea salt for authenticity and it’s minerals.
  • Oil, 1 cup, to deep fry : I do not mind mustard oil here due to it’s pungency. Works well with these fries.
  • Paprika, 1 teaspoon : Light and bitter with good amount of vitamin e and a strong antioxidant.
  • Black Pepper Powder, 1/3rd teaspoon : Good proportion of salt and pepper are great anti oxidants too.
  • White Flour, 1/2 cup : This is just clarified wheat flour. While it’s very friendly to cook with, it’s a zero benefit batter since it gets stripped of all it’s nutrients while it is being cleaned repeatedly.

….time to cook ‘n roll (preparing instructions)

  • Wash the anchovy (really well) x 2 . Means twice at least. Else you might feel the mud in your fries.
  • Sprinkle the paprika, black pepper powder and the salt and mix well with the anchovies.
  • Sprinkle the white flour (clarified wheat flour) over the fish and coat well so as to form a batter covering.
  • Now heat the oil in a pan and bring to evaporation (i.e. till you see fumes).
  • Put in the anchovies in the pan taking care that they do not stick to each other.
  • Deep fry now till they look golden brown in color.
  • Serve hot with your favorite ketchups or chutneys and enjoy the sumptuous treat.

Storage : Storing will make it loose the crunch.

Missing Something ? : You can add some dried basil to the flour. Squeezing a lemon would work wonders as well !!

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