Fish Recipes

Kozhuva/ Nattoli Meen Peera (Anchovies Fry)


A traditional recipe of Kerala, Kozhuva Meen Peera is a favorite dish in our kitchen. its very much popular in kallu shap (toddy shop) were u will get   extremely hot and spicy food. Usually Meen pira is made out of small fish & in many places raw mango/ manga is also added for a little tangy taste. This dish can be stocked in refrigerator for a week. Kozhuva is also known in the name of Netholi/ Anchovy.
Let’s get into the recipe part:


  • Kozhuva/ Netholi/ Anchovy Fish – 500gms (cleaned)
  • Chili powder – 3 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1tsp
  • Coconut – 1cup (grated)
  • Green chili – 5 nos
  • Shallots (Small onion) – 6 nos
  • Curry leaves/ Kadipatta – 4 nos
  • Salt as per taste
  • Coconut Oil – 3 tbsp


  • Marinate the cleaned kozhuva with chili powder, turmeric powder & salt. Keep it in refrigerator for ½ an hour.
  • Heat a frying pan & add 2tbsp of oil. Add marinated kozhuva & fry it in low flame until the fish turns crispy.
  • In the meantime, grind grated coconut, green chilies, small onions & curry leaves in mixer.
  • Remove the crispy kozhuva in a bowl wrapped with paper towel.
  • In the same frying pan pour 1tbsp of oil, add grinded coconut & little salt & fry till coconut turns slightly golden in color.
  • Then add crispy kozhuva to fried coconut & nicely mix & cook for 5mins.
  • Remove it to bowl.

Kozhuva Peera is ready to serve with hot rice.

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