Friday, December 14, 2007

Spicy Sardine Fish Gravy.

collage2 For those of you who come from bay area back home and who eat fish, Sardines(English), Mathi(Tamil) and Kavadalu(Telugu) should be most familar. This is another nutritious fish.

I enjoyed this fish gravy in my childhood several times. I simply used to love this gravy whenever my Grand mothers made it. In my home town " Vizag" we use to get these baby sardines too. Though lot of work goes in cleaning them, this is one fish gravy that I used to crave alot. With the tangy taste of tamarind and spiced up with green chillies and red chilly powder, one has to drooool for this dish.
DSC01206 My grand mothers used to add spring onions(Ulli kada) to this gravy sometimes. A simple variation which really gave a lift to the gravy in flavour. Also sometimes they use to replace the ripe tamarind with the raw one. My, my, what a taste that use to be, still lingers in my mouth. When I visit home, one thing I would want my GM to cook is fish gravy. Specially with the small baby Sardines and the real big King fish.

In Chennai or Toronto, I was able to get only the big sardines. My mom always use to fry this type of sardines. She never made gravy with these. Here we get only the frozen version of these sardines in Asian stores. If the frozen packet is not too old we are lucky to make the gravy straight away. But now a days I started to pan fried the Sardines just with minimal masala, - Red Chilly powder and salt, and then drop them in the boiling tamarind gravy.

sf2 Ingredients:
1 Pkt - Descaled & Cleaned, cut into halves if long.(about 10 fish)

To Pan fry the Sardine:

Marinated it with 1 tsp of Red chilly powder and add Salt to taste.

Seasoning and Masala:
1 Tbsp - oil
1/2 Tsp - Mustard seeds
5 Pods - Garlic finely chopped
1 Big - Onion cut into length wise
3-4 Green Chillies
10-12 Curry leaves
1 big - Tomatoe made into pulp with fingers or 2 Tbsp -Tomatoe Puree

Spice Powders:
1 tsp - Red Chilly powder
1 tsp - Cumin powder
1 tsp - Coirander powder

For the Gravy:

Soak Lemon size Tamarind/Puli/Chintapandu ball in 2 cups hot water

Herbs to Granish:
Finely chopped corainder leaves - a small bunch

collage Procedure:Fry the marinated Sardines both sides for 2-3 minutes in a little oil on a heated pan and keep aside (This is take away the fishy smell in the gravy)

Heat a pot, add oil, when heated add mustard.
After mustard splutters add chopped garlic, fry a little and then add the green chillies, fry, add onions, curry leaves and keep stirring till onions are cooked.
Now add the Tomatoes crushed or the tomatoe puree and cook for about 1 - 2 minutes.
Add all the masalas, mix and cook another 2 minutes or till the mixture leaves the container.
Now sqeeze the Tamarind/Puli juice from the soaked tamarind & water into the cooking mixture.
Now mix this well and bring it boil,
Add the fish and cook another 5 minutes.
Once the gravy seems to attain a good consistency add the coriander leaves and remove from heat.
Sardines and King fish have this amazing property to drink all the sourness from the puli, so leave the gravy aside for about 1/2 hour to marinate the fish with the tamarind.

Serve hot with hot Rice, or Dosas/Idli, or Chapathi/Parota/Roti

DSC01216 This is my entry for Grindless Gravies Event hosted by Sra, cause this gravy, is the simplest with minimum time required to cook and no mixer grinder used. Hope this qualifies!!! What do you say Sra?


sagari said...

rina plate with rice and curry looks so comfortinggggg

Kribha said...

I knew it was fish. It looks so mouthwatering. If my hubby sees this he would drool over your blog. It's absolutely delicious.

Prajusha said...

fish curry looks mouthwatering.

Sig said...

What a torture.... I won the guessing game, so how about shipping me some mathi as the prize :)

sra said...

I say thank you, Rina. That looks like a classic fish pulusu. I didn't know the Telugu name, in fact, I didn't know they were available in Telugu, if you know what I mean.

Happy cook said...

You can give me ths whole plate.
I love them.
But my huby and daughter are not a fan

Seena said...

Rina,This is the One fish which I have tried out in many ways.I think have posted about 4 recipes of sardines.Good u get them there.loved your curry, would love to taste some.

Shankari said...

I dont cook fish at home, but it looks so spicy..that i can sit here & drool all day long!

bindiya said...

Yummy Rina!, good to know you are from beautiful Vizag.

Rina said...

Thanks girls. And as for the winners, Sig and Remya, I will be updating my blog with a pointer to yours.

Sig,you can download your prize from this post.Ha ha...

Thanks again.

Shilpa said...

I am becoming too tempted to try this Rina. Will have to look if I get this fish here.

Asha said...

What a beautiful color Rina, looks mouthwatering!
Merry Christmas to you and your's!:))

Cynthia said...

I want to eat this with my fingers! No knife, fork or spoon for me :)

rv said...

oh my god rina, i just love this recipe and the photo:) thank u for such a nice treat:) i will make it when i get a chance:)