Sharks are elasmobranch fish with a cartilaginous skeleton, five to seven-gill slits on the sides of their heads, and pectoral fins that are not connected to the head. They are very old, with the oldest known sharks dating over 420 million years. They come in various sizes, ranging from 17 centimeters to approximately 12 meters. There are over 500 distinct shark species around the globe.

Sharks have long lives, mature sexually and develop slowly, and have fewer pups at a time than most bony fish. Many shark species are apex predators, which are necessary for the habitat in which they live.

In India's seas, there are over 160 shark species, ten of which are officially protected under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972-

  • The whale shark was the first fish species to be protected in India.
  • The Pondicherry shark, which is on the verge of extinction,
  • The Gangetic shark is one of the few freshwater and estuarine sharks globally (now extinct).
  • Spear tooth shark, freshwater sawfish, green sawfish, and the giant guitarfish.

Sharks are consumed in many places, including Japan and Australia. In the Australian state of Victoria, Shark fillets are battered, deep-fried, or crumbed and grilled in fish and chips. The shark is called a "flake in fish and chip shops.” In India, small or baby sharks (called sora in Tamil and Telugu languages) are sold in local markets. Since the flesh is not matured (not adult), cooking the meat breaks it into powder. It is then fried in oil and spices (sora puttu/poratu). The soft bones of sharks can be easily chewed, and they are considered a delicacy in coastal Tamil Nadu.

Nutritional Facts about Sura Meen

Let’s have a look at the nutritional facts for a 100g Shark

  • Calories - 111 Kcal
  • Total fat - 3.8g
  • Cholesterol - 43 mg
  • Sodium - 67 mg
  • Protein - 18g
  • Carbs - 0g
  • Potassium - 136g

Health benefits of Baby Shark Fish / Paal Sura Meen

It is the fish of choice for many South Indians because of its flavor and nutritional value.

  1. It's good for your heart
    It's no accident that fish-eating American Indian groups in the Arctic have low rates of heart disease; their diets are low in saturated fat and high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which protect the stomach and decrease blood cholesterol levels. According to one research, eating an extra serving of fish per week reduces the risk of cardiopathy by half.
  2. Helps in clearing the vessels
    Fish consumption improves circulation and reduces the risk of blockage. Food containing EPA and DHA – polyunsaturated fatty acid oils – can prevent your body from producing eicosanoids, a hormone-like substance that may increase your risk of blood clots and inflammation.
  3. Good for the bones and joints
    Fish consumption as part of a regular diet has been demonstrated to reduce the symptoms of autoimmune illness, which causes the joints to intumesce. Recent research has shown a relationship between polyunsaturated fatty acid lipids and degenerative joint disease, suggesting that eating more food might help prevent the condition.
  4. Good for the eyes
    It is one of the vanjaram fish's health advantages. The capacity of unsaturated fat to unclog clogged vessels allows us to maintain normal blood pressure.
  5. Improve your outlook
    Seafood may also play an important role in avoiding depression; studies have found a correlation between low polyunsaturated fatty acid levels and a lower incidence of depression. Food may also help the United States avoid seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and postpartum depression.
  6. Good for your skin
    Not only will polyunsaturated fatty acids help protect the skin from the damaging effects of UV light, but feeding legion fish may also help with the symptoms of skin disorders such as skin conditions and skin issues. Fish also contains macromolecules, a significant component of albuminoidal, a material that maintains the skin tight and flexible.
  7. Important nutrients
    Iodine, selenium, zinc, and metal are all necessary minerals found in seafood and keep us functioning smoothly. Iodine is essential for the endocrine gland, and it produces enzymes that may help protect us from cancer. Many vitamins, as well as vitamins A and D, are abundant in fish and shellfish.
  8. Good for your brain
    The human brain is fat an hour, with polyunsaturated fatty acid fat accounting for most. For this reason, studies have shown that people who consume a lot of food are less likely to develop dementia and memory problems later in life. DHA, a polyunsaturated fatty acid lipid present in food, has been linked to improvements in children's concentration, reading abilities, conduct, and attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Sharks can be consumed anytime, and it goes nicely with anything. Let us try the infamous Moryechi Xacuti today. It is a very famous dish in Goa.

Recipe: Moryechi Xacuti / Shark Curry recipe: A famous Goan curry

Required Ingredients:

  • 800 grams of Shark fish, baby shark fish, required (Skin removed and cut into small pieces)
  • 1 cup Fresh coconut, grated
  • 1 Onion, thinly sliced
  • Eight cloves Garlic
  • 20 grams Tamarind
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder, optional
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • Coriander (Dhania) Leaves, small bunch, chopped
  • Cooking oil, as required
  • Salt, to taste
  • Ingredients for marination
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Whole spices
  • 4 Whole Black Peppercorns
  • 4 cloves (Laung)
  • 1-inch Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel seeds (Saunf)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Coriander (Dhania) Seeds
  • 6-7 Dry red chilies

Instructions to cook Vanjaram Fry

Step 1: To make Moryechi Xacuti / Shark Curry, thoroughly wash the shark pieces, drain, and marinate with the ingredients listed for marination. Set aside for approximately 20 minutes.

Step 2: Heat a pan over medium-high heat, add oil and cook all of the spices listed under whole spices for 2-3 minutes before removing them to a platter.

Step 3: On medium-high, sauté sliced onions and garlic in the same pan until transparent. This should take no more than 5 minutes.

Step 4: Add the shredded coconut and cook until it turns a light brown, which will take roughly 6-7 minutes. Turn the heat off.

Step 5: Remove from the fire and stir in a teaspoon of turmeric powder. Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes.

Step 6: To make a smooth paste, blend the roasted spices, fried coconut onions, and tamarind with a cup of water.

Step 7: Allow the paste to boil in a pot set over medium-high heat.

Step 8: Salt and red chili powder to taste. Mix well before adding the marinated salmon. Mix everything, cover, and cook the fish over medium-high heat until done.

Step 9: Check to see whether the fish is done in between. Check with a toothpick. Once the fish is ready, the toothpick should easily pierce through it.

Step 10: Shark is often cooked rapidly; however, 25 minutes is the optimum time to boil the fish.

Step 11: Once the gravy is finished, stir in the chopped coriander leaves and cook on low heat for another 5 minutes before turning off the heat.

With you ordering your delicacies from Chennai Meats, you not ensure one or two but numerous benefits for yourself.

  1. The meat we provide is 100% chemical-free and with no added preservatives.
  2. You don't have to wait for ages for your meat to be delivered; you will receive them by 8:00 am -11:00 am. Great? Isn't it?
  3. You don't have to worry about leakage or spill from Chennai Meat packages.
  4. Every product is stored in our cold storage until your doorstep ensuring freshness and utmost hygiene.
  5. You can store the fish as it is for the next day in deep freezing without any fear of spoiling it.
  6. You can file your complaint 24*7 on our helpline number. We will always be happy to help.
  7. Fresh and new fish from Rameshwaram, Kasimedu (we are catching the fish from PiperBoat) are waiting for you.
  8. All prices are inclusive of cleaning, degutting, and cutting. All seafood will be weighed before gutting and cutting.
  9. Chennai Meats provides you with the best rates in the market. (In your budget) With special discounts almost every day.

Frequently Ordered with Baby Shark

Buy Fresh Seer Fish Online
30% off
Seer Fish9-10 pieces 488 375
400 - 520 gms Gross weight 380 - 420 gms Net weight

Whether you like a batter-fried meal or a power-packed, classic seafood pleasure rich in herbs, you should try Vanjaram

  • Vanjaram
  • Neymeen
  • Chepa
Buy Fresh Red Snapper Online
40% off
Red Snapper12-14 pieces 273 195
470 - 520 gms Gross weight 310 - 420 gms Net weight

Sankara has a mellow flavor and a delicate, soft texture, perfect for curries, fried dishes, tawa fry and grilled dishes.

  • Sankara
  • Thundava
  • Chembali
Buy Black Pomfret Fish Online
25% off
Black Pomfret Vavvaal6-8 pieces 546 390
420 - 600 gms Gross weight 380 - 430 gms Net weight

Ideal for skin-on pan-frying, baking, poaching, or steaming whole & is a high-protein, omega-3-fatty-acid-rich fish.

  • Karu Vavvaal
  • Karutha Akkoli