Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Kane Rava Fry / Fried Ladyfish

Kane Rava Fry is one dish which is very closely associated with Mangalorean Cuisine. You go to any Mangalorean restaurant...you cannot leave without having Kane Rava Fry or Kane Naked fry. 

If its fried fish then it has to be Kane fry, its my favorite..and taste best when fried in coconut oil.

We try not to deep fry fish at home...we usually pan fry the fish with little oil...but this fish we shallow fried with 1/2 cup oil. If you notice in Mangalorean Restaurants the Kane fish has a thick coating of rava/ semolina...this is because the fish is deep fried in lot of oil, you can do that too if you want restaurant style Kane Rava Fry.

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  • 1 kg kane meen/ ladyfish
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar
  • 2 tbsp rice powder (optional)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup Rava/ semolina (thick rava)
  • Oil to fry (I prefer coconut oil)


  1. Marinate the cleaned ladyfish in red chilli powder, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice , rice flour and salt. Keep aside for 30 minutes
  2. Heat oil in a shallow pan (deep pan if you are deep frying). Heat the oil, roll the marinated fish in the rava and fry in oil , till cooked.It will take little less than 8 minutes.
  3. Remove from oil and place the fish on absorbent paper.
  4. Serve as appetizer.


  1. Yummmmmy!! I totally love Kane fry in any form, tastes best when coated with rava & definitely better when fried in coconut oil! Oh the joys of Mangalorean food!

  2. Your fish looks beyond good! As a Southerner in the U.S., fried fish is served mostly every Friday. Your recipe is just in time for me to try out this week. I already know that my family and I will love it!

    P.S. Do you think that this method will do well with shrimp?

  3. Delicious crispy fish fry, simply irresistible..

  4. Never tasted this..but it looks do good :) Will have to visit you or Mangalore to sample it!!

  5. Awesome recipe... never tried frying fish with a semolina topping..:) Sure must have tasted heavenly..

  6. This sounds soooooo good, I have to try it. Beautiful recipe.

  7. Ladyfish has a lot of bones. How do these fry up?

  8. Ladyfish has a lot of bones. How do these fry up?


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