How to Make Kerala Kilimeen Fry



Kerala Kilimeen Fry (Tawa Pink Perch Fish Fry)

This fish fry can use as a great appetizer or a side to a meal. This recipe is very easy to follow and even a bachelor can easily make for lunch. Its  very tasty and crispy fish fry.  A simple vegetable salad or cut onions always compliment with fish fry. It can be served along with rice, morru and a stir fry dish. For make this easy fish fry, first we should marrinate the fish to absorb all flavours and spices. This easy fish fry recipe can do a shallow fry in tawa  or to grill. Here am doing a shallow tawa fry, if u want u can grill it also with this same marrination. There are so many ways a fish can be fried.

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Pink Perch Fish Fry Recipe


  • Fish- 1 kg
  •  Ginger/garlic paste-2tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder- 2tsp
  •  Pepper Powder- 1tbsp
  •  Kashmiri Chilly Powder- 2 tbsp
  • Lemon Juice- 1tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Coconut oil – 2tbsp
  • Curry leaves-3 sprig

How to Make Tawa Pink Perch Fish Fry

  • Remove waste, scales and clean the fish by adding some salt in it. I am using Pink Perch fish, u can substitute it with any other fish. Drain water completely and keep it aside.cleaned-Kilimeen


  • Make a fine paste of salt, giner/garlic paste, kashmiri chilly powder, turmeric powder, lemon juice and pepper powder. Marrinate fish with this, and keep it in refrigerator for 30 minutes.


  • Heat a frying pan with 2tbsp oil. Here am using a shallow fry, if deep frying use more oil. For getting a kerala taste fish fry use coconut oil. When oil become hot enough, place the fish and  add curry leaves for a traditional flavoured fish fry. Keep the flame to medium.


  • I suggest using a small pan, so that less oil can used to fry. After 5 minutes flip it and then repeat frying for another 5 minutes.

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  • Drain it on an absorbent paper or to a kitcken towel. Fish fry is ready and garnish along with onion rings and tomatoes.


  • Serve it along with rice and other side dishes.Kerala-KilimeenFry-with-rice