Kuttanadan Pacha Kurumulagu Arachu Mathi Varuthathu | Kuttanadan Pepper Fish Fry


Kuttanadan Pacha Kurumulagu Arachu Mathi Varuthathu is a popular and delectable fish delicacy hailing from the serene and picturesque Kuttanad region in Kerala. The region is popular and renowned for its lush paddy fields, backwaters and abundance of seafood. Kuttanadan cuisine is influenced by the bounty of spices and ingredients prevalent in the region and Kuttanadan Pepper Fish Fry perfectly depicts the culinary aspects and heritage of the region. The lip smacking dish basically revolves around the star item required for the dish, that is fresh fish. Fish occupies an integral position in Kerala Cuisine and Malayalees, especially those hailing from Kuttanadan region, have perfected the art of frying fish to perfection. Fish is usually freshly sourced from backwaters ensuring the flavor. To begin with the preparation, cleaned fish is marinated with carefully crafted blend of fresh peppers and spices, thereby infusing the delicacy with a burst of aroma. Exact combination can be varied as per personal preferences.

While preparing Kuttanadan Pepper Fish Fry, personally stating, I increase the fresh pepper proportion since I am obsessed with peppery flavors. The marinated fish is deep fried in a shallow pan in hot boiling coconut oil to a golden brown crispy texture, while taking care that the interior remains tender and succulent. Frying helps to seal the flavors and adds an enjoyable texture thereby retaining the natural juices. Hot fried sardines are served alongside steamed rice. The dish pairs exceptionally great when served with a side of tangy flavored mango pickle, crispy papadoms and a kachiya moru dish. The dish creates an elegant and harmonious blend of tastes and flavors truly reminiscing the prowess of culinary aspects of Kuttanad. Sardines are healthy and rich in vital nutrients required for body. You can explore a well detailed Kuttanadan Pacha Kurumulagu Arachu Mathi Varuthathu recipe here.


Kuttanadan Pacha Kurumulagu Arachu Mathi Varuthathu | Kuttanadan Pepper Fish Fry

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Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people



  • Grind fresh peppercorns with ginger, garlic, turmeric, curry leaves and salt to a fine paste to prepare marinade.
  • Slit the fish on the either sides and marinate the fish by applying a coat of the mixture on the fishes.
  • Keep the fish aside for 2 hrs.
  • Heat coconut oil in a pan.
  • Place the fish gently and shallow fry till browned.
  • Flip each side and fry till done.
  • :- Yummy Pacha Kurumulagu Arachu Mathi Varuthathu(Kuttanadan Pepper fish fry) is ready!!!:- Serve the fish hot! Tips: Overcooking the fish will make it very crispy.
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