Sunday, February 20, 2011

Dry Fish Curry/Onakkameen Curry

Dont know why,but I does love the dried fish and prawns curries a lot. A good combination with rice/dosa/puttu. The unique flavour of fish mixed with the coconut gravy adds extra flavour.

  1. Dried Fish- 1/4 kg
  2. Tomato- 1, sliced
  3. Onion- 1 large, thinly sliced
  4. Green chillies- 2, slit
  5. Garlic- 4 pods, chopped
  6. Mustard seeds- 1/2 teaspoon
  7. Red chilly powder- 3-4 teaspoon
  8. Turmeric powder-1/2 teaspoon
  9. Coconut,grated- 1 cup
  10. Curry leaves- A handful
  11. Tamarind paste(thick)- 3/4 teaspoon
  12. Water- as required
  13. Oil- 1 tablespoon


  1. Wash the dried fish well with water 2-3 times, to remove any extra salt present and drain( I used unsalted ones and hence omitted this step).
  2. Heat oil in a pan and fry the dry fishes remove and keep aside(If using unsalted ones, add 1/2 teaspoon salt while frying)
  3. To the same pan, add onion(Keep 1 teaspoon of onions, cubed aside), garlic and saute till soft.
  4. Add the green chillies, tomatoes and saute
  5. Add the red chilly powder,turmeric powder,salt,cover and cook for 5 mins.
  6. Meanwhile Grind the grated coconut with little water to a very fine paste.
  7. Add the ground paste along with turmeric paste to the boiling onion base,stir well.
  8. Add the fried dry fishes and mix well.Add water if required 
  9. Throw in the curry leaves.
  10. Cook covered in low flame for 10 mins. 
  11. Check for the salt requirements and add more if required. 
  12. Saute the cubed onions till dark brown
  13. Add them to the curry and mix well.
  14. Remove from fire and move onto a serving bowl.
Serve hot with rice. Check for the spice and tamarind requirements and add more to suit your taste.

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