Netholi Varuthathu Shaap Style (toddy Shop Style Anchovies Fried)
Netholi or anchovies come in two sizes one is very small and hence dried for dry fish recipes, pickled or used to prepare meen peera a dish that cooks fish with grated coconut and kokum. Now the slightly bigger ones have scales and are used in curries and for fries. They taste heavenly. The normal marinade for fish fry includes turmeric, chili powder, salt and oil but the toddy shop style of fish fry is quite famous. This recipe is from a toddy shop we visited recently. Toddy shops that sell local liquor tapped from coconut palm trees, have now opened a friendly wing for families to enjoy their food. This netholi fry was served with some fried shallots and curry leaves I omitted that part but the marinade is exactly the same.