8 fresh sardines (about 680g / 1 ½ lbs)
1 tsp salt
3-4 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
Juice of ½ lemon
½ tsp ground turmeric
½ – 1 tsp chilli powder
3 tbsps plain flour
60 ml /2 fl oz cooking oil
Scale and clean the fish. Rinse in cold water and dry on absorbent kitchen paper. Add the salt to the garlic and work to a smooth pulp. Mix all the remaining ingredients together in a small bowl except the fish, flour and oil. Place the fish in a wide shallow dish and pour the marinade over. Spread it gently over both sides of the fish, then cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
Heat the oil over a medium heat. Dip each fish in the flour and coat it thoroughly. Fry until golden brown on both sides this will take 2-3 minutes per side. Drain on absorbent kitchen paper.