Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Sardine Varuval (Dry Style)

Canned sardines - you either love 'em or hate 'em. Some folks hear "canned sardines" and start ranting about how unhealthy canned food is, throwing in wild tales about worms. Ironically, the loudest complainers often have their own health issues. Should we really listen to them? I say, ignore the naysayers! If you’re a true sardine fan like me, this sardine varuval recipe is for you. And while we're at it, here are a few more quick and easy sardine recipes for when you're pressed for time.

Chili Sardine
Pat dry canned sardines and fry them.
Remove from heat, then add chopped chilies (red, green, or bird’s eye), shallots, a pinch of salt, and a drizzle of lime juice.
Lightly toss everything together for a spicy, tangy treat with a crispy outer layer and a burst of heat from the chilies, balanced by the zesty lime.

No-Cook Sardine Salad
Perfect as a toast filling or a side dish for rice meals.
Pat dry the sardines after removing them from the can, flake or mash with a fork, then mix in chopped chilies, shallots, lime juice, and salt.
No cooking required
The result is a fresh, tangy, and spicy salad.

Lemongrass Stir-Fried Sardine
Pat dry the sardines to remove the sauce, flake them, and stir-fry in oil with chopped lemongrass, chilies, shallots, lime juice, and salt for a fragrant, zesty dish.
The lemongrass adds a citrusy aroma that enhances the overall flavor.

Pepper Sardine Varuval
Use more crushed black pepper than chili powder for an intense, peppery flavor, along with the same ingredients from the sardine varuval recipe.
The result is a bold, spicy dish that’s sure to wake up your taste buds.

Sardine Masala
To make sardine masala, just add water to the sardine varuval ingredients for a saucier version with a rich, spicy taste.
The result is a hearty dish that pairs perfectly with rice or bread.

These recipes use simple, pantry-friendly ingredients. Now, let’s dive into the sardine varuval recipe.

Sardine Varuval/Dry Style
1 big can of sardines - drain off the sauce
1 inch ginger - chopped/sliced
1 red onion - chopped/sliced
4 garlic - chopped/sliced
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp plain chili powder
Lime juice - as needed
2 sprigs curry leaves
2 sprigs spring onion - sliced thinly
Salt for taste
2 tbsp of oil

Saute ginger, onion, garlic and curry leaves in oil.
Add sardines with chili powder, turmeric powder and salt.
Fry over high heat and break sardines into smaller pieces.
Add lime juice and spring onion.
Stir again and dish out.

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