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Anchovies/ nethili meen thokku

Rabia Hamnah
20 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
7 People
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ABOUT Anchovies/ nethili meen thokku RECIPE

This is such a wonderful recipe with a thick tangy masala coated all over the fish.

Recipe Tags

  • Non-veg
  • Medium
  • Everyday
  • Sauteeing
  • Side Dishes
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 7

  1. Anchovies / Nethili Meen – 300 grams
  2. Oil – 1/4 cup + 1/4 cup
  3. Fenugreek Seeds / Methi / Vendayam – 1 tsp
  4. Garlic – 2 sliced thinly
  5. Chilli Powder – 2 tsp
  6. Coriander Powder / Malli Podi – 1 tblspn
  7. Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi – 1 tsp
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Tamarind Pulp – 4 tblspn or to taste
  10. Curry Leaves – a small handful
  11. For Grinding:
  12. Sambar Onion – 20 peeled
  13. Tomatoes – 2 large chopped
  14. Garlic – 10 cloves
  15. Pepper – 1 tsp
  16. Green Chilli – 2


  1. Take all the ingredients in a blender and make it into a fine paste. Set aside till use.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan. Add in 1/4 cup of oil and add in fenugreek seeds and sliced garlic. Let it sizzle for a min.
  3. Add in the pureed masala and mix well. Cook it for couple of mins. Add in salt and all spice powders, mix them well.
  4. Cover and cook till oil separates. Now add in the tamarind pulp and mix well. Cook till the mix is thick and looks like a masala.
  5. Add in anchovies fish and mix well. Cover and cook for 5 to 8 mins till the fish is tender and cooked.
  6. Now drizzle in the remaining oil all around the sides of the pan and swirl the pan to coat the oil on all sides. Cook this for 5 to 8 mins
  7. Throw in a handful of curry leaves and swirl the pan. Keep the flame on low and cook it for few mins.
  8. Cook all this till oil separates and the mix is thick. Serve with rice.

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Shikha Roy
Shikha Roy   Feb-12-2018

It seems to be awesome.

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