Mathi Fish in English
Mathi meen in English is “Sardine“.
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Mathi Fish/Sardine Fish in Tamil
Mathi meen in Tamil is “Mathi” or “Salai“
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Mathi Fish in Malayalam
“Mathi” or “Chaala” is the Malayalam name.
Sardines in Telugu
The name of Sardine fish in Telugu is Kavalu.
Sardine Fish in Marathi
The name of Sardine fish in Marathi is Pedvey.
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Sardine Fish in Kannada
Sardine fish in Kannada is Pedvo.
Sardine Fish in Bengali
The name of Sardine fish in Bengali is Khoira.
About Mathi Fish
Mathi meen is a very popular and favourite fish in Kerala. It is widely considered the staple fish of Kerala. They are small, oily, nutritious and sometimes pocket friendly. Also available in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. In Kerala, sardines are called Mathi and also Chaala. It is called Kavalu in Andhra and Pedvo in coastal Karnataka.
People eat the mathi fish fresh and canned mathi is not very popular. People like the taste of this fish mainly due to the good amount of fish oil. Mathi fish was once considered the cheapest fish in Kerala. Mathi is often hailed as the poor mans’s fish.
But now the price is a bit high due to low supply and more demand. The fish is disappearing from the market. For the last many years Mathi has been facing severe scarcity. In Kerala, due to high demand, the fish is imported from Oman.
The much-sought sardine dish is the mathi meen fry that is very popular in home and restaurants as well. Other dishes are mathi curry, mathi peera.
Mathi Meen – Health Benefits
Ideally, mathi meen is considered a high nutrient content fish.
- Mathi is rich in vitamins like thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, folate, vitamin B6 and minerals.
- They also contain a lot of Omega 5 fatty acids that help in growing brain cells.
- Mathi fish contains protein, lipid or fat, iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium etc.
- It is good for skin and hair.