Fish Curry with Tamarind Sauce

Andhra Chepala Pulusu...A famous recipe from Andhra Cuisine..Many people of Andhra prefer to cook Fish in this way only..

  • 7-8 fish fillets (mackerel or catfish or tilapia)
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • 4 slit green chilli
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 1 big lemon-sized tamarind pulp (soak tamarind in 1 1/2 cup of warm water and extract thick juice)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves (optional)
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp methi seeds (fenugreek)
  • Heat oil in a wide vessel and add the mustard seeds and let them splutter.
  • Add the methi seeds and let it brown.Add the curry leaves and stir for a few seconds.
  • Add the chopped onions and fry on medium heat till the onions turn transparent. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry for 3 mts. 
  • Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder and salt and fry for a minute. 
  • Add the tamarind extract and bring it to boil.
  • Now carefully place the fish pieces in the vessel and cook covered for 3 mts. Add the green chilli. 
  • Turn the fish pieces over and cook. Cover and cook on low heat for 10 mts. Let the sauce thicken and till the oil separates or leaves. 
  • Adjust salt and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Note: Do not stir too much lest the fish pieces break and be gentle while stirring the fish pieces. Serve it after a couple of hours of cooking so that the fish pieces absorb the tangy flavor of the tamarind sauce and spices. In Andhra, we generally prepare this pulusu with Koramenu, Vanjaram, Thella chepa or Bocha. Generally we dry roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds and dry red chilli and make a powder for this dish.You can use the ready made powders also to save time.

Other Recipes similar to this type are:
Fish Pittu
Menthi Pulusu with Fish
Chintakaya Chepala Pulusu


yummy !!! I prepared this recipe..and it was fabuolous...only I add little sugar and pinch of garam masala


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