Fish Fry or Fish nuggets is a great after school snack that can be prepared in less 30 minutes. Fish Fry, also called as Meen Kadina is a common delicacy in Mangalore eaten as a side dish to go with a meal.

Fish Fry (Meen Kaidina)

Fish Fry (or Meen Kaidina), when made with Tilapia fillets, makes for a great after-school snack that you can cook in 30 minutes!
Course Side dishes
Cuisine Indian, Mangalorean
Keyword fish fry, Meen kaidina
Method Stovetop
Diet Pescatarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 255kcal
Author Anushree Shetty


  • 1 pound Catfish / Mackerel / Pomfret / Tilapia
  • 1/2 lime juice squeezed out
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 4 tablespoons Oil
  • 1/2 cup fine sooji / rawa / semolina


  • Cut the fish into the desired size.
  • Prepare the marinade – Mix chili powder, lemon juice,turmeric powder and salt.
  • Add the fish and mix well. Marinate it for 30 minutes,if possible,
  • Heat the oil in a medium sized pan on medium heat and take one piece of a fish at a time and roll into the sooji until it is fully coated with sooji on all sides.
  • Tap off the excess sooji off the fish and place it in the pan.[Note: You can fry multiple pieces at the same time but do not overcrowd the pan]
  • Fry each side for 5 minutes and serve hot.


Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 428mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 995IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1.8mg