Monday, February 8, 2010

Anchovy fish yellow curry (Nethili meen manjal aviyal)

Anchovy and sardine are highly recommended by the physicians for their low fat content and also to improve our good cholesterol. People with heart problems are suggested to consume these variety of fish without frying.

If you want to cherish the real taste of anchovy or any small fish then go for a gravy / kulambu rather than frying. That's my suggestion:)

This is a kind of curry prepared in my father's hometown. We can notice the lack of tamarind / tomato in this curry with a very little coconut oil. This nethili meen kulambu comes under a pathiya meen kulambu variety . It will be suggested not to use tamarind or tomato while under Tamil-medication.

I got this manjal aviyal recipe from my great grand mother. So I hope it is a very authentic one. She used to tell us that, they never had an opportunity to use abundant oil or powdered masalas. So they had to grind the turmeric freshly along with the masala which imparts a very attractive yellow color to this curry and hence the name 'nethili meen manjal aviyal' or simply 'manjal oothina meen kuzhambu'.

Here is my most favorite anchovy fish curry for you all.

Anchovy fish - 1 lb (1/2 kg)
unripe mango - 1 cup (chopped).
(If not available add 2 tomatoes chopped finely)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
coriander powder - 1 tbsp
coconut oil - 1 tsp
fennel (sombu) - 1/2 tsp
curry leaves - 2 sprig
green chillies - 3 (slit)
salt - 1 tsp (add to taste)

To grind:
Coconut (shredded) - 1/2 cup
Shallot - 6
cumin - 1/2 tsp
black pepper - 1 tsp
green chilly - 5 (increase as per taste)

Wash and clean the anchovies to remove any sand or impurities.
Then remove or retain the head as per taste. (If you are frying them, then the head will taste great, for this curry we can remove them). Cut and remove the tail. Slit gently in the boneless side to remove the (greenish) digestive tract.

Wash once again.

Grind coconut, shallot, green chillies, black pepper, cumin together to a fine paste.

Heat 1 tsp oil in a wok. Fry the fennel seeds to red. Now add the curry leaves along with chopped mango and fry for a few seconds.
(If you can't get mango then add 2 chopped tomatoes)

Add 2 cups of water , turmeric powder , coriander powder, salt, ground masala and bring them to a boil.

Now add the cleaned nethili meen (anchovy fish) and stir only one time before it gets cooked. Spread a few slit green chillies and curry leaves over it. Reduce flame and cook covered.

DO NOT stir in between. Just shake the vessel gently to mix the masala with the fish.

Take off heat in 15 minutes.

Nethili meen aviyal is ready!

Serving suggestions:
Serve over hot rice or along with any bread.
Serves 4.


Gita Jaishankar said...

Viki, you are really tempting me the combination of fish with raw mango, fish curry supera iruku da :)

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Love those teeny tiny curried fish.

Tina said...

Soooo tempting and mouthwatering...Sounds healthy..

Cicily Antony said...

Achovies are one of my favourites...yummy...

Nandinis food said...

Slurrrrrrrrp! Aahahaha! It's a very different version! Let me have it!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Real unique dish. I love these small fishes back home. Never tried them here...

Vrinda said...

I lov this nethal fish ,nice recipe..

Pavithra Elangovan said...

I wont eat it.. but i will drool over your picture...

Asha said...

Masala sounds lovely, never eaten Anchovy.

Malar said...

This is really very new to looks awesome..please collect awards from my blog

Cham said...

We call "nethili asadu" and the curry is like moli- but don't add mango! I like mango and fish together!

Radhe said...

Hai dear,
Its really a yummy dish.....but where did u get this?


ARUNA said...

that's a lovely dish Viki!

Trendsetters said...

great looking curry

Preety said...

looks amazing

Vikis Kitchen said...

Radhe: Thanks dear. I got this anchovy in the sea food section in an Asian food store in NJ.

Aparna said...

i need some rice please:)mouthwatering..

gtyuk said...

indha avaiyal must be authentic, that's sure!!!

this aviyal is new to me, as you've said usually I do with tamarind and tomatoes. but I think that tangy taste is slightly replaced by the raw mangoes, right???

Mmm, romba rusiyaa irukkum polirukku!!! veetukku vandida vendi dhaan!!! Dho varen!!!

Jaleela Kamal said...

ssssssss viki super, i like nethili fish much

Saraswathy Balakrishnan said...

My fav and simply delicious.

Devasena Hariharan said...

Last time, I u made me go crazy with ur crab fry now with neethili fry.

This preparation is new to me. I only know to fry it.

Rina said...

Hey vikki dear..i just made this yesterday..