Monday, September 23, 2013

Nadan Mathi/Sardine curry

8-10 sardines
5 shallots
4 garlic cloves
1/2" ginger piece
6-7 sprigs curry leaves
4-5 tablespoons Kashmiri chili powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon fenugreek powder
1 tablespoon coriander powder
2 gambooge/kudampulli, soaked in water and torn into small pieces
coconut oil

  • Clean the sardines well. Rub little salt all over the fish and wash again. Make slits on each fish and keep aside.
  • Grind the shallots, ginger, garlic, chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, fenugreek powder and few curry leaves into a fine paste.
  • Marinate the fish with the grinded paste, kudampulli pieces and salt and keep aside.
  • Heat a wide bottomed pan, preferably a mann chatti(earthen pot). Pour 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and rotate the chatti, so that the oil spreads all over the bottom of the chatti.
  • Arrange 4 sprigs of curry leaves in the hot oil. Now place the marinated fish over the sprigs of curry leaves.
  • Pour little water so that the water covers the fish. Allow this to boil.
  • Rotate the chatti at regular intervals so that the curry is well mixed. Do not stir as this will cause the fish pieces to break off.
  • Once it starts boiling, put the remaining sprigs of curry leaves on top the curry and reduce the flame to low.
  • Allow this to simmer for 20 minutes or until the gravy thickens and the water is evaporated. Do not forget to rotate the chatti in between.
  • Now switch off the flame and drizzle little coconut oil on the curry and serve.
  • This nadan fish curry tastes best the next day!!!

Note: This is a very spicy dish. Kerala nadan fish curries are supposed to be very spicy. However you can adjust the chili powder levels according to your taste.


  1. Ohhhfff! kandittu sahikunilla Priya,adipoli !!

  2. Yum Yum Yum ... Drooling here :-) My only favorite fish and unfortunately I don't find this here :-)

    1. Thankyou Rekha. sad to know that you don't get it there:(((

  3. looks so yum... i love to have this with some kappa puzhukku... kure kalayi i've been wanting to eat this... should make some soon... pakshe mathi evidunnu kitti... evide eppo kshaamam poleyalle... hmm...

    1. You said it. Kappa puzhuku is the best accompaniment with this fish curry.

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    1. Thank you very much Anu. Wonderful blog yours is, thanks for sharing the link. Following you:)

  5. Ohhh!! The curry drenched over the fish is so good. Lovely spiced up taste.


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