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Nethili Fish (Anchovies) Kuzhambhu

First of all I want to say a big sorry to all my readers for not posting any recipes for a while. I’ve great news to share with you all.

We are expecting!!!!!

Now that I am past my morning sickness and big trip to India, I am happy to post one of my favorite recipe today.

In my recent trip, my mom made this Nethili fish (anchovies) kuzhambhu and it tasted like heaven. When I came back I found some fresh Anchovies in Oriental market. I was so happy and I made this curry out of it. this fish kuzhambhu recipe is a little different from the last one I posted.


  • Nethili Meen (anchovies) :1/2 lb
  • Onion : 2 tbsp
  • Garlic : 4
  • Tomato : 2 (medium)
  • Oil : 4 tbsp
  • Vadagam : 1 tbsp
  • Curry Leaves : 4-5
  • Sesame Oil : 1 tbsp
  • Tamarind water : 1 cup
  • Red chili Powder : 2 tbsp
  • Coriander Powder : 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder : 1 tsp

Method Of Preparation :

  1. Wash and clean the fish (cut the head and clean it). Dust them with a little salt and turmeric powder keep them aside.
  2. Now just microwave the tamarind  with 1 cup of water for 30 seconds or soak them for an 5-10minutes. Mash it well and strain the tamarind water.
  3. Now add red chili powder, salt, coriander powder and turmeric powder into the tamarind water.
  4. Mix it all together.  You can taste and adjust the sour and spicy consistency from the above mixture.
  5. Now grind the onion and garlic into coarse paste and keep them aside.
  6. Grind the tomatoes into smooth paste and keep them aside.
  7. Now take a wide pan add 2 tbsp of vegetable oil add vadagam (optional), fry them for a minute.
  8. After that add ground onion paste, curry leaves saute it very well.
  9. Once the raw smell goes off add the tomato paste and mix it all together. Let them sit in the heat for few minutes until the raw smell goes off.
  10. Now add the tamarind water mixture
  11. Taste the salt and adjust according to it.
  12. Add 2 tbsp of sesame oil and bring it to boil  in medium heat till the oil floats on top.
  13. The gravy  should taste little sour and spicy.
  14. Finally add the fish and just bring it to a boil only once and remove from heat.
  15. Garnish with fried curry leaves.


If you don’t use vadagam, substitute with  some fresh garlic (2) and 1/2 tsp of fenugreek seeds.


  1. wow Shriya..pic makes me droooooool…looks tempting n yummy..:)
    Tasty appetite

  2. Very tempting yummy kuzhambu

  3. Curry looks delicious. Congrats on your little bundle of joy. Take care enjoy each bit of days you will not get after he or she makes entrance.

  4. Slurp, mouthwatering here..Happy and congrats..Take care of u..

  5. simply superb and delicious curry…beautiful pics

  6. OMG what a mouthwatering clicks….. my favorite one dear….

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    • I tried this today did not have vadagam but it came out very nice. Thank You for the recepie.

  7. Looks perfect . Meen kuzhambu presented in a very simple way . Keep up the great work

  8. Oh my god!! This looks amazing!! Will surely give it a try.

  9. Hey Congrats…I make karuvadu/dry fish kuzhambu in a similar way…the pics are really tempting 🙂

  10. Wow! Congrats dear, welcome to motherhood:)

  11. looks like yummy…2day im going to try this dish without vadakam…will gve the result 2morow

  12. Hello Shriya, firstly congrats and joyful 9months and a safe delivery. Secondly, I will be trying this recipe and shall surely comment once the potbelly is satisfied :):) and Thirdly, the mouth watering pic is driving me to the kitchen in a hurry :):)

  13. Wow ..looks soooo mouth watering am trying today will post the result soon…