Aug 1, 2015

Anchovies Fish Curry Recipe - Nethili Meen Curry Recipe (with coconut)

This fish curry is one of the recipe which i found on a cookbook and tried it immediately. The actual recipe name is nethili meen kootu, but i called it as simple nethili meen curry. I already have a version of anchovies fish curry with no coconut, this one has coconut and it gives a little substance to the curry. 

Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you..

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Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 30 to 40 mins
Serves : 5 to 6


Anchovies / Nethili Meen - 300 grams cleaned
Oil - 4 tblspn
Curry leaves a handful
Onions - 1 large size chopped finely
Tomatoes - 1 large chopped finely
Green Chillies - 2 slit
Chilli Powder - 1 tblspn or to taste
Coriander Powder / Malli Podi - 2 tblspn
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Tamarind Pulp - 3 tblspn
Water - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves a handful finely chopped

For Masala:

Fresh Coconut - 1/2 cup grated     
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tblspn
Fennel Seeds / Saunf / Sombu - 2 tsp


Grind the ingredients given for masala to a smooth paste. Set aside. Dissolve tamarind with some water and set aside.

Heat oil in a earthernware pot. Add in curry leaves and fry for few sec.

Add in onions, chillies and salt. Saute this till it gets light golden.

Add in tomatoes and cook till it gets mushy.

Add in spice powders and mix well. Add in coconut masala and cook till oil separates from the mix.

Add in tamarind water and cook till oil floats on top.

Add in fish and simmer for 5 to 8 mins.

Add in coriander leaves and mix well.


Take all your ingredients

Clean your fish and set aside
Take coconut in a blender

add in fennel seeds

ginger garlic paste or chopped ginger and garlic

puree till smooth..Set aside

Heat oil in a pot, add curry leaes

add in onions and green chillies

add in salt

fry them 

cook till they get light golden

add in tomatoes

cook till it gets mushy

add in spice powders

add in the coconut masala

saute them

cook them till oil separates and nice aroma comes from the masala

pour in tamarind 

mix well

simmer till oil floats on top

add in cleaned fish

mix well

cook them for 5 mins or so

add coriander leaves

mix that well



  1. Mouth watering recipe

  2. Tasty, I tried it and it was great. But I made it without using oil. Still it was nice and i added a small Brinjal. And I wish to tell you one thing that I now can cook a little bit only because of you, I learned rasam, nethili fish curry & peera, dhal curry, cauliflower kootu from you. I tried all of these for the first time with OK comments from my family. Because I never had cooked anything before... Aarthi love you have much. U r a good teacher...

  3. I tried it now.....really awesome.... Thank u so much for posting this with yummy help me a lot...

  4. Tried it and came out really well...awesome it was...thanks arthi

  5. Really very tempting ... feel like grabbing and eating. .. awesome !!! Plz visit my blog too and share your valuable comments. Thank you.


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