Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sardine Varuval (Dry Style)

The famous sardine varuval/dry style? Tell me please, who won't literally freaking freak out? I don't know about you, I never been someone who speak or think on behalf of others, I am also definitely not akin other bloggers who assume that whatever they cook and share, must be liken and is a favourite of their followers. Remember, never to assume. Assumption, if you don't know, if the mother of major "F" up. Especially Indians (Chilli Stir Fried Potatoes, Gobi 65, Fried Masala Brinjal & Curry Leaves Potato Chips), we love to plot our own theories about others, we can't also hold our Indian tongue. In fact, we find it hard refraining from speaking on behalf of others. Must be too much of watching Tamil movies or dramas (Indian Fish AcharCauliflower Curry, Fish Cutlet & Aloo Gobi). I sound like I am being bias of Indians, do you think so? Maybe, could be the same thing as well amongst other races? Let it be, whatever, please, don't assume anything about me though. Okay? Alright. 

Let's get back to Sardine Varuval now. Various types, of course if you ask the Indian ladies, oh, even if you don't ask them, they in fact will needle you on how to cook Sardine Varuval (Sardine Varuval Potato). And before you open your mouth, there they go. I am so tired of hearing how fabulously their mothers cook, their sister in laws cook and  their mother in laws cook. Why go so far, they will even mention that their father in laws can cook, eventually, everything will boil down to how marvelously they themselves cook. Speak about blowing your own trumpet, you get all of it from Indian ladies (Tapioca Poriyal, Mango Pickle, Masala Tofu Beans, Purple Cabbage Stir Fried & Bean Sprout Omelette). That is not all. Be at any of the family potluck functions, oh-god, save me. Over and over they won't stop asking you to comment on what they have cooked. You better say its simply out of the world or mind blowing if you still want to be accepted as part of the Whatsapp family group. Honestly, like I care too hoots? Anyway, I have decided. No point in even mentioning to Indian ladies that I have a blog and I blog on recipes (Keerai Kottu, Spicy Tofu Curry & Egg Chilli Curry). No point. You can never ever impress them because, as I have said, the whole problem about our Indian community is that we float on cloud nine, thinking that we are superior, we are smarter, we are richer and we know it all. The rest of the Indians are stupid and silly. None of them are good as us. We are the shining star. No wonder, have you heard of the Indian crab story? Indian crab trying to pull down the rest of the Indian crab? You better. Otherwise, you will never know who is the Indian snake who have back stabbed you. 

For me, its rather simple. I stay away from Indian snakes. Don't only think that the women are worst, Indian men equally can be tyrant in showing off and gossiping. Its all about bragging amongst the Indians. Even a simple Sardine Varuval must be praised as though its Michelin star ranking. But remember one thing please. I am not one of them. I am simple and humble, but I do have a big fat mouth, in the sense that I will tell you off instead of playing snake and ladder or anaconda. Really I don't have time for pretending or putting on an Indian drama. This Sardine Varuval, let me admit is so simple and so easy (Spicy Tuna Potato & Fried Tuna Cutlet). Anyone literally can cook it. Just a couple of pantry and fridge friendly ingredients, can be cooked in a jiffy, or maybe you can make extra for storing in the fridge for another day's warmed up meal. The best part of it all is that Sardine Varuval (Kerala Sardine Curry, Bread Sardine Roll, Sardine Papaya Curry & Sardine Masak Lemak) is the best pairing for Rasam, Sodhi, Sambar or literally anything as per your wish (Pepper Garlic Rasam, Sodhi, Bitter Gourd Dhal Curry & Murungakka Sambar). Go ahead, stop doubting my recipe. Make it and truly love it. Or if you still insist, make your mothers or grandmothers or grandfathers version of Sardine Varuval. Suit yourself (Mutton Varuval, Vegetarian Mutton Varuval). 

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 chilli 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 chilli 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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  1. looks tempting....perfect with rotis...

  2. This is so tempting, stunning, and delish dish.

  3. Delicious dish...... It goes well with almost everything.... :)

  4. That looks so tempting although I do not eat fish.. wud suggest this recipe to my mom :D

  5. Sardines varuval looks yummm we too make it in the similar way.. oh dying of hunger waiting for others is unbearable...

  6. I know this tastes really yum, love this with rice!

  7. This may be simple but so packed with flavour. Dying to have your dish now. And it makes sense to keep a few tins in stock. I haven't fried them for a long time but after seeing your post I'm so tempted!
    Have a happy Sunday!!

  8. Looks delicious.
    Would you like to follow each other on GFC, G+ and facebook?

  9. Mouth watering fry, the clicks..

  10. This sounds lovely, I've not made anything similar to this before.

  11. shoud be great tasting. Hubby would love this

  12. I don't think I've ever had anything quite like this! Would love to give it a try! <3 -

  13. i am a vegetarian but my hubby is gonna love it! :)

  14. Everything you make looks yummy :) It must be very tasty given the effort and heart you put into making :)

  15. I am going to try this one, love the way you have presented it.

  16. Wow! Sardine (from cans) can be eaten this way too? did not know this!

  17. My hubby would have gorged on that whole plate :)

  18. this looks delicious.We also cook this almost a similar way...


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