Nethili (Anchovies)Fish curry – Netholi Fish curry Recipe – நெத்திலி மீன் குழம்பு (Nethili meen Kuzhambu)

Wish you all an advance happy new year 2019. Let the coming year bring happiness and prosperity to your home. Eat healthily and stay healthy. Thanks for supporting and Continue supporting this blog. I have made many To do list for 2019 regarding our blog. Hope everything goes out well. Now let’s come to today’s recipe Nethili Fish curry it is a tangy coconut based curry. It goes well with Rice, Dosa, Chapati…Small fishes like sardines, Anchovies taste heavenly. I usually remove the bones in anchovies and cook them so that it will be easy to eat. You can also take a look at other recipes made with Nethili/Anchovies.

Anchovies are also available at different sizes. I have used big size anchovies for this. I made this curry for lunch along with Rice and Nethili fry
Now let’s get into the recipe.
Preparation Time: 30 mins
Cooking Time: 25 mins
Serves : 3 to 4


Anchovies/Nethili – 25 nos
Tomato – 1(medium sized, chopped roughly)
Tamarind – a small lemon size
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder – 2 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Salt to taste

For Tempering

Coconut oil  – 1/2 tbsp
Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp
Sliced Small onions – 1 cup
Sliced Garlic – 1 tbsp
Green chillies – 4 nos
Curry leaves – 1 sprig

For Grinding 

Grated coconut – 1/2 cup


1. Ground the grated coconut into a fine smooth paste adding water little by little in a blender. Soak Tamarind in 1/2 cup of hot water and extract the pulp. Wash the fish pieces well in water for 4 to 5 times. Keep all the ingredients ready.

2. To a pot add coconut oil. When it is hot, add mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds let them crackle. Then add sliced shallots. Saute them in oil. Add sliced garlic, Green chillies and curry leaves. Saute them to a golden brown. Then add chopped tomatoes.

3. Saute the tomatoes till they get mushy. Place the flame in low and then add turmeric powder, Red chilli powder, Coriander powder and salt. Mix well. When the raw smell of masala goes add the tamarind pulp. Place in medium flame and Bring it to boil.

4. Add the ground coconut paste and 1/2 cup of water. Mix well and bring to boil. Then add cleaned fish pieces and few curry leaves. Just Swirl the pan. Don’t mix it with the ladle or spoon. Cover the pot with a lid and cook for about 7 mins till the oil begins to float.

Nethili Fish Curry is Ready to be served.

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