How To Clean Dried/ Fresh Keski Fish

So the question, How to clean dried/ fresh keski fish! Keski fish is very delicate and frail, fresh or dried. It needs gentle handling to maintain its shape and integrity so it needs to be treated with due diligence!

What You Need To Clean The Dried Keski Fish:

You will need a colander and a bowl that the colander can sit in.

How to:

Place the colander inside the bowl in the sink. Place the keski into the colander and add cold water.

Gently swirl the water and gently mix the fish to release any grit etc in the first instance. Raise the colander and do this a couple of times to loosen any grit.

Gently swirl the dried keski fish and loosen grit

Now fill with water again and leave to soak for about 5 mins.

Pick out debris to clean the dried keski fish

Very gently swirl the fish again and pick out any straws, bugs and debris. Now just gently replace the water a few more times rincing through the fish.

Repeatedly rince the dried keski fish and replace water in bowl a few times

Let the fish stand in the colander to drain. The keski will be ready to use.

Leave the dried keski fish to stand

There are many dishes using both dried and fresh keski fish. Try the following links

Keski shutki bhaja

Keski Mach with Orange Peel

Little Ganges Sprat Fish with Citrus Macroptera


As its dry fish use marigolds/gloves to help stop your hands smelling.

Ideally use plastic utensils to help reduce the smell when washing up. I don’t use plastic but I tend to spray the utensils with bleach spray and leave it for 30 mins then wash thoroughly with hot water. Don’t be tempted to put in dish washer as you don’t want the smell transferring.

I am a little pedantic about some things so I have an old tatty colander that I use for washing cleaning all fish and dried fish. Its ancient and can be replaced but there is something sentimental in that it has been with me for absolute decades, has no handles and sits in anything!

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