Nethili Meen Karuvadu thokku / Dry Anchovies Spicy Curry !!

South Indian most famous delicious recipe “Nethili meen / Anchovies dry fish curry”. My husband love sea foods, that too dry fish curry / thokku is one of his favorite dish and It is an easy & simple recipe, we don’t need any special masala. Dry fish are good sources of calcium and It is easily available in Asian / Srilankan’s grocery shops. Nethili karuvadu thokku is prefect with steamed rice, idly, dosa / crepes etc.,

Happy cooking !!

Bon Appetite !!

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Preparation Time – 10 minutes
Cooking Time – 20 – 25 minutes
Recipes Cuisines – South Indian

Dry Anchovies / nethili karuvadu – 50 gms
Onion – 1 no. large (finely chopped)
Tomato – 1 no. large (finely chopped)
Tamarind – small size lemon (soaked into water)
Red chili powder – 1 ½ tsp
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Cumin / jeera powder – 1 tsp
Green chilies – 3 nos.
Garlic cloves – 10 ( roughly chopped)
Ginger – 1 small pieces (finely chopped)
Salt to taste.
Oil – 3 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Cumin / jeera – 1tsp
Fenugreek seeds – 1tsp
Curry leaves – 4 – 5 leaves

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  • Clean the dry fish, pad dry with paper towel, marinate it with turmeric, red chili powder, coriander, salt & keep aside.
  • Keep the pan on low flame, add oil, allow the mustard to splutter, add jeera, fenugreek seeds & curry leaves.
  • Now add the finely chopped onions, once it turns transparent, add finely chopped ginger, garlic, green chilies & sauté it for 2 more minutes.
  • Add finely chopped tomatoes, after sweat its moisture, add cumin powder, marinated dry fish & saute it for 2 minutes.
  • Now add the tamarind extract plus 1/2 cup water, keep it on low flame & cook it for 7 – 10 minutes.
  • Finally garnish it with fresh cilantro.
  • Serve hot & enjoy it with steamed rice.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. You are tempting me to turn into a “Pescetarian” from an Eggitarian!

  2. That looks utterly delicious! I can imagine all tge smells and flavors…Yum!

  3. kannika says:

    its authentic. Superb and a v.healthy receipe without much of spices. Thanks a lot.

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