Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Kerela style Meen Puli (Fish in tamarind sauce)

Even though I have tasted a lot of fish curry this is the one I go back to again and again. ...spicy, tangy, delicious aroma to tickle your senses.....

Ingredients :
Fish - 1/2 lb (i used canned sardines)
Onion sliced thinly - 1 cup
Garlic  sliced thinly - 1/4 cup
Curry leaf - 1 to 2 sprigs
DryRedchilly- 2 nos
GreenChilly - 4
Coconut oil - 2 tsp( if using canned sardines in oil , no need for extra oil)

Tamarind - lemon size (soak in hot water for 15 min and blend it in blender and extract the juice, the reason why I do this is because it gives extra thickness to curry from the ground pulp)
Chilly pd -  1 heap tsp
Coriander pd - 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric pd - 1 tsp
Fenugreek pd - 1/8 tsp
Salt - as needed
Coconut milk - 1/4 cup ( optional)

Method :
1.As I used canned sardines in oil, i just dump the entire content of oil along with sardines to a clay pot and let it cook until all liquid is evaporated and oil starts to crisp the fish.Then I removed the fish and used the same oil in further cooking process. But if you are using fresh fish don't have to do this step.

2.While frying sardines in the oil I added 1/2 tsp of Chilly pd, coriander pd and salt each and roast the fish in that oil to infuse the flavour into the fish.
3.If you didn't use canned fish use coconut oil for this recipe.It gives extra flavor to the recipe.
4.Now in the oil add sliced onion, garlic, red chilly, green chillies and fenugreek pd,turmeric pd sauté it till onions are golden brown .

4.Then add coriander pd and Chilly pd and saute it till the spices are cooked.keep a glass of water near you as sometimes the spices can burn in that time add 1/4 cup of water and keep on stirring till spices are cooked.
5.Then add the ground tamarind pulp by extracting the hard pieces seperately.
6.Cover and let it boil for 5 min.
7.Then do a taste check and add salt as needed.Then add the fish (fresh one or fried one) .Then cover and let it cook for 5 min.
8.Then switch off flame and let it sit in hot stove for 30 to 69 min before serving.
9.The taste will get enhanced as time goes on, it taste even better the next day.
10.Other Optional suggestion add 1/4 cup of thick coconut milk if it's too spicy or add 1 cup of thick coconut milk for extra richness.Add it and let just give a stir and remove, don't have to boil after adding coconut milk. 

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