Netholi Mulaku curry – Kerala Netholi meen curry – Anchovies fish curry

You can see many Kerala recipes in my blog. I learnt some Kerala recipes before marriage and more and more after marriage. Because I was able to taste more Kerala recipes here. I can relate myself more to Kerala. Seeing Keralites in and around here made me feel like being in India.

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There are several Kerala dishes which I like. In particular, I am a fan of their style of biryani, kizhi Parotta, seafood recipes, sadya, Chatti choru, pothi choru….. the list goes on.

I love fish curries made with Kokum / Malabar fish tamarind. I used kokum in this recipe. Kokum is native to India whereas tamarind origin is Africa. It is good to replace tamarind with Kokum in fish curries and Matta rice, Kappa (maravalli kizhangu/tapioca) will be a great combination for this curry.

Let’s see how to make this Curry.

Preparation Time : 10 mins

Cooking Time : 30 mins

Serves : 3


Coconut oil – 2 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Fenugreek seeds – a pinch

Chopped Ginger – 1 tbsp

Chopped garlic – 1 tbsp

Sliced Shallots – 1/2 cup

Curry leaves – a few

Kashmiri Red chilli powder – 2 tbsp

Red chilli powder – 1 tbsp

Coriander powder – 2 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Kokum – 2

Netholi/Nethili/Anchovies – 500g


1.Take Kashmiri Red chilli powder, red chilli powder, Coriander powder, Turmeric powder in a bowl. To it add 3 tbsp of water and make it into a paste. Soak kokum in 1/2 cup of hot water for 15 to 20 minutes.

2.Heat oil in a pot. When the oil is hot, add Mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, chopped ginger, chopped garlic, slice shallots, Curry leaves. Saute well until it turns light golden. Then add the paste, saute it in the oil. Add the soaked kokum along with the water.

3. Add water as required, I added 1 cup of water. Bring it to boil, placing in high flame until the curry get thick. Then add the cleaned fish pieces into it. Swirl the pot. Cook for 10 minutes in low flame. Finally add curry leaves.

Netholi fish curry is ready.

Serve hot with Rice,matta rice or tapioca stir fry.

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