Mathi Peera

Mathi Peera

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The sardine often looked upon as an underrated food but they are a rich source of many nutrients that every human body needs. There are many sardine lovers and haters too. Its smell may be the reason that some people don’t like sardines. But its smell when it is frying… ugh Yummy!. For me, the smell is one of the important things that make sardines so tasty.


My uncle was also not so fond of any dish, made of sardines. When he hears sardines are for lunch, he wrinkled his face as if he did not like it.

The first time I heard my uncle say that a dish of sardines was delicious when we went to a lunch party at my friend Jisna’s house. He also didn’t forget to ask the recipe so that he can make it home in future.

Mathi Peera(Scrambled Sardines with Grated Coconut) was the item that made my uncle salivated. These little sardines had become a centre of attraction amidst many of her mummy’s delicious items during that lunch party at her home.

How to make mathi peera

Ingredients

  • Mathi: 6 small
  • Onion: 1 medium
  • curry leaves
  • Green chilli: 1
  • Red chilli powder: 1. ½  tsp
  • Turmeric Powder: 3/4 tsp
  • Pepper Powder: 1 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste: 1 tsp
  • Coconut: 1 cup

Preparation

1.  Marinate sardines using ½ tsp chilli powder, ¼ tsp turmeric powder and salt.

2.  Take a glass of water in a pan/chatty, heat it. Once it is hot put marinated sardines into the water. (Instead, you can shallow fry marinated sardines. Choose the one which you prefer most).

3.  When the sardines cooked well and water completely evaporated from the pan, scramble the sardines using a fork or by hand to remove the bone and separate the flush. Keep these scrambled sardines aside.

4.  Take another pan and pour 2 tbsp of oil. Once it is heated up add finely chopped onion and sauté it till it becomes golden brown.

5.  Add ginger garlic paste and mix well.

6.  Keep the pan in a low flame and add chilli powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder and salt to taste, sauté well.

7.  Add a spring of curry leaves and a cup of grated coconut. Sauté well until the masala and coconut mix together well.

8.  Finally add scrambled sardines and mix well for 5 minutes in a medium flame.

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Mathi Peera

Mathi Peera is made of small sardines and grated coconut.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Asian, Indian, kerala
Keyword: mathi peera, sardine recipe indian style, sardines recipe
Servings: 4 People

Ingredients

  • 6 Mathi
  • 1 medium Small Onion
  • Curry Leaves
  • 1 Green Chilli
  • 1½  tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Pepper Powder
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • 1 cup Coconut

Instructions

  • Marinate sardines using ½ tsp chilli powder, ¼ tsp turmeric powder and salt.
  • Take a glass of water in a pan/chatty, heat it. Once it is hot put marinated sardines into the water. (Instead, you can shallow fry marinated sardines. Choose the one which you prefer most).
  • When the sardines cooked well and water completely evaporated from the pan, scramble the sardines using a fork or by hand to remove the bone and separate the flush. Keep these scrambled sardines aside.
  • Take another pan and pour 2 tbsp of oil. Once it is heated up add finely chopped onion and sauté it till it becomes golden brown.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and mix well.
  • Keep the pan in a low flame and add chilli powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder and salt to taste, sauté well.
  • Add a spring of curry leaves and a cup of grated coconut. Sauté well until the masala and coconut mix together well.
  • Finally, add scrambled sardines and mix well for 5 minutes in a medium flame.

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