Thursday, November 22, 2012

Nethili Meen Kuzhambu / Anchovies Curry / Nethili Meen Curry:

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Nethili  Meen  Kuzhambu   is an authentic South Indian fish curry loved by all sea-food lovers.  Whenever we say  Nethili  Meen ,  lot of people will have mouth watering feeling.  
The authentic preparation of this gravy is unique and it tastes spicy and delicious,  blended with tangy flavor.  
Also this is a heart healthy dish and a favorite of all those who don’t prefer  to eat fatty fishes like Seer Fish. This fish provides an excellent source of nutrients to our body.
It makes an awesome combo with hot rice, or as a side dish for idly, dosa and chapatti.
Try the below given step by step preparation and enjoy the finger-licking taste..:)
·   Nethili Meen / Anchovies         - 2 cups
·   Oil                                         - 2 to 3 tbsp
·   Vadagam                               - 1 tsp
·   Fenugreek seeds                    - ¾ tsp
·   Curry leaves                           - 5 to 6
·   Tomatoes                              - 2
·   Turmeric pwd                         - ¼ tsp
·   Red chillypwd                        - 1 ½  tsp
·   Coriander pwd                        - 1 tsp
·   Pepper pwd                           - ½ tsp
·   Brinjal or drumsticks chopped - 1 cup
·   Tamarind                                -  small ball
·   Salt to taste
1.     Clean and wash the Anchovies / Nethili fish and keep ready.
2.     Soak tamarind in ¼ cup water and extract thick juice out of it.
3.     Heat oil in a fry pan.
4.     Add vadagam ( or mustard, cumin, split urad dal ) , fenugreek seeds and curry leaves.
5.     Temper it.
6.     Add the finely chopped onions and fry till light brown.
7.     Add mashed tomatoes and fry till oil separates.
8.     Add turmeric pwd, red chilly pwd, coriander pwd, salt and pepper pwd.
9.     Sauté for a minute.
10.  Add sliced brinjals ( drumstick tastes great too ) and sauté further.
11.  Add 1 cup of water and cook covered , until the vegetable is cooked.

12.  Now add thick tamarind juice.
13.  Mix well.
14.  Taste and adjust salt and seasonings.
15.  Allow the curry to cook in simmer for 4 to 5 mins.
16.  If the curry attains thick consistency, you can adjust the consistency by adding little water.
17.  Add cleaned anchovies, stir gently and allow the kuzhambu to boil for just 1 or 2 mins. ( take care not to overcook, as the fishes are very small, they tend to break )
18.  Turn off flame.
19.  Garnish it with fresh curry & coriander leaves.
20.  Serve it with hot rice.
21.  It tastes lipsmacking , if we eat it the next day too .!
·         As the fishes are too small, it can be eaten with bones.
·         If you don’t get fresh anchovies in your place, the same curry can be prepared with dry anchovies too.
Similar Recipes:
·         Spicy Nethili Fry
·         Chettinad Fish Curry
·         Vavval Meen Varuval


  1. Delicious fish it...

  2. Lipsmacking curry Jay....yummy

  3. This sounds a real wow dish, must try it out. Diane

  4. I have never tried fresh nethili meen...scared of the tiny bones...looks yummy..

  5. i was planning to make anchovy today...will try ur way

  6. this is absolutely lipsmacking

  7. Jay , my mouth's watering ! lol And I never thought of using anchovies for fish curry ! Love it !

  8. Delicious curry! Mouthwatering......

  9. Never made this fish curry..looks yummy

  10. never tried this tempting and mouthwatering.

  11. this s my favourite dish...with the same method i add coconut....should cm 2 ur house to steal ur dishes :-)

  12. colourful n mouthwatering recipe...

  13. What a beautiful dish, Jay!!! Love the colors :)

  14. Thats an interesting with that a kerala dish??the fish are really tiny and i suppose they taste great too

  15. Irresistable!!!Loved the recipe....would love to have it with rice and chappatis!!!

  16. Never tried anchovies curry.. love the rich gravy colour

  17. Never tried making curries with anchovies, looks delicious , will definetely give it try

  18. This is not fair Jay... Why do u want to tempt me like this... :(

  19. Very delicious n inviting curry, love the presentation!!!
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  20. My favorite fish curry...yummy..nice colour.. we call this fish motiyal.

  21. gravy`s got a lovely color!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  22. The gravy makes you drool !

  23. looks tasty & delicious...mouthwatering!

  24. This is one of my favorite fish..I am literally drooling here !! Love the presentation also and the way decorate i really love this. Thank you very much for this recipe.


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