Saturday, October 06, 2012

Nethili meen curry

You will need
Nethili meen ( anchovies) - about 20 
Coocnut milk - 1/2 can of
Onion -2 medium sized, chopped 
Tomoato - 3 ( grinded)
Green chillies - 2 (slit lengthwise)
Redchilli powder - 2tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Ginger Garlic paster - 2tsp
Mustard seeds- 1tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1tsp
Fennel seeds - 1tsp
Tamarind - 1 lemon sized
Oil - 3-4 tbsp
Salt - as needed
Curry leaves - few springs

How you will make
In a pan heat oil on medium high heat and splutter mustard seeds.Now add fennel, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves and green chillies.Fry for a few seconds and add chopped onions.Fry until onions are 3/4 cooked, Now add turmeric powder,red chilli powder and ginger garlic paste.Saute until raw smell is gone and add grounded tomato to this.Cook until all comes together and then add the tamarind pulp & salt to this mix.Boil the gravy until raw smell is gone and all ingredients starting to come together.
Now reduce the heat to medium,  add diluted coconut milk to this gravy.Boil for another 3-4 minutes.
Now add the fish pieces and cook them without disturbing the gravy.It won't take much time to cook small fish like anchovies.So keep the gravy on medium heat and cook for another 10 minutes and switch off.Serve hot with

Note : Adding coconut milk to this gravy is optional.I added it for traditional taste.Add coconut oil instead of vegetable oil to have that extra kick.


Happy Cook / Finla said...

One of my fav fish and i love them fried too, wish i had this curry.

Shammi said...

Do the anchovies need to have the head and bones removed? Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I'm very new to non-veg cooking! :)

Maheswari Madhanan said...

@Shammi ,

Not a stupid question at all.Been there and done that.These fishes are very very small fishes.We tend to chew them with bones inside.

Here, I got them in the frozen section.They were already head removed and cleaned.

Hope this answers your question.