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Mathee curry (Sardine Fish Curry)

Sheena Omana Narayanan
20 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Mathee curry (Sardine Fish Curry) RECIPE

Sardines are often called the healthiest fish and they are certainly one of the most budget friendly.Some experts call them a natural multivitamin food. So here I have made this curry in my way...Lets's see the recipe

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • Kerala
  • Sauteeing
  • Side Dishes

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. 1/2 Kgs Sardine fish washed and cleaned properly
  2. For marination:-
  3. Chilly powder- 2 tsp
  4. Turmeric powder- 1 tsp
  5. Ginger Garlic Paste- 1 tbsp
  6. Salt as per your taste
  7. For Gravy Masala:-
  8. Onion- 1 medium size sliced length wise
  9. Tomato- 1 small chopped
  10. Ginger and Garlic- chopped finely 2 tbsp if both combined together
  11. Turmeric powder- 1 tsp
  12. Chilly powder- 2 tsp
  13. Kashmiri Chilly powder- 2 tsp
  14. Coriander powder- 2 tsp
  15. Mustard seeds
  16. Oil
  17. Fenugreek powder- 1 tsp
  18. Curry leaves- few sprigs
  19. Coconut oil- 1 tsp
  20. Kodumpulli (Kerala tamarind)- 3 pieces
  21. Water- 2 cups


  1. First marinate fish with all the masala given under marination. Set aside for 15 mins.
  2. Heat oil in pan and fry marinated fish to 70 %. Do not fry completely. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Heat another pan add little oil and fry Onion, Ginger, Garlic and tomato. Fry this for few mins until tomato get mushy.
  4. Add turmeric powder, chilly powder and coriander powder. Fry for 2-3 mins.Remove from pan and allow it to cool down
  5. Once masala cools down grind to fine paste adding little mustard seeds.
  6. Heat pan or clay pan(Meen Chatti) add little oil and fry ground masala until oil starts separating from the side.
  7. Add Kodumpulli,water and salt, cover with lid and allow it to boil for few minutes.
  8. Add Fish pieces and curry leaves, mix slowly. Cover with lid and cook until you see darker color of Gravy. Your gravy will turn from red to dark brownish color.
  9. Add fenugreak powder stir well and then add coconut oil from top. Cover with lid and switch off the flame.
  10. Serve hot with steam rice.

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Milli Garg
Milli Garg   Apr-24-2018

Would love to try this.

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