The charismatic aroma and flavours of Kerala-style Sardine Fish Roast will lure your taste buds till the last bite and even after.
It is lunch time and you are craving for some South Indian. Dosa, Idli, Rawa, Sambhar, Vada are the few delicacies that would arise in your mind when you think of South Indian food. But there is much more than that, not to mention, full of spices, aroma, tanginess and zest. What we don't realise is that the mouthwatering and lips-smacking flavours of Non vegetarian segment of south Indian cuisine still remains in the niche segment of the overall south Indian cookery. Mathi Roast or Sardine roast is one such absolutely full of flavour and savoury dish that would lure your taste bulb till the last bite and even after. This flavour bomb dish is something what your taste buds will need, what your appetite will need and what your mind will need once you try it. This fall in love dish is very easy to cook and very savoury to eat.
Trivia and History
As it is well known, knowing the dish before cooking it, adds flavour to it. So, let’s know you Sardine Roast to add the flavour of ‘knowledge’ when we cook it. The dish is most popular in Kerala, Goa, and Sri Lanka, where rice and fish are staple foods. Sardines are one of the least expensive and healthiest seafood in India. They are rich in unsaturated fat, Omega-3 fatty acids, and minerals, making them highly healthy when eaten steamed or curried rather than fried — but fried fish is delicious. In Kerala, the Mathi Roast (fish roast prepared from Sardines) (Mathi or Chaala in the native language) is perhaps the most popular lunch dish among non-vegetarians, who account for almost 90% of the population.
The origins of the modern dish can be traced back to Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The dish started as an attempt to extend Indian cuisine to include a wider clientele, notably Chinese customers, who considered curry prepared with fish heads a specialty. Today, most restaurants of Indian, Malay, Chinese, or Peranakan cuisines serve a variation of this dish. But as the saying goes, the original taste comes from tradition and culture. Let's check out how this dish is traditionally prepared.