Mandeli is one of the not so expensive fish, it has its unique taste,I have childhood memories of Crispy Mandelis made by my mom,i used to love to have crispy tails of Mandelis.Served with fish curry,sol kadhi & rice,mandeli makes a perfect meal.
Salt to taste.
1/2 tsp Haldi powder.
1 tbsp kokum aagul.(Juice of Kokum)
1/4 cup rice flour.
1/4 cup fine rava.
Oil for frying.
For the masala
1 medium sized onion.
2 tbsp Dhana(corriander seeds)
5 tbsp Red chilli powder.
1 tbsp haldi powder.
1 tsp black pepper powder.
You can get mandeli pre cut and cleaned from market,if not can be cut in following way.
Cut of the head in slanting way till stomach,cut of fins and tail end.
Wash mandeli under running water.Open stomach area an wash it clean.
Add salt,turmeric and kokum aagul to wash and cleaned mandeli.Keep aside.
Place all the masala ingredients in a mixie jar and grind to a smooth paste using very little water.
Apply this masala to the fish pieces.Leave it to marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.
Mix together rice flour and rava.
Heat Oil in a frying pan.
Coat the marinatedfish pieces with rava and rice flour mixture from both the sides.
Shallow fry in the oil till crisp from both sides till crisp.
Drain on an absorbent paper to drain out excess oil.
Happy Cooking !!!