Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Dry fish/karuvad curry

Seafood lovers are on the rise these days.Dry fish isn't something everyone might like it definitely is a pleaser in our homes.I recently started making it this way and its really good to go with chapathis and rice.

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Dried fish i've heard from my elders, the practise started to preserve excess fish but then nowadays i've read in pregnancy related books that dried fish has more protein than the fresh ones (don't ask me how i have no idea).In my native place, new moms are fed with special marundhu/medicinal fish curries (i had it too) and dry fish along with other stuff like methi ladoos, dry fruits, loads of milk, etc to help you nurse baby better.Even though it is disgusting to sit and eat all that stuff when you want to get rid of all those extra flabs you'll know its good for you and baby at the back of your minds.


I have really never purchased store brought dry fish/karuvad because it is usually loaded with dust and salt.My aunt usually prepares it for us much hygenically and with lesser salt.And this way to make this curry my mom gave me the tip and it helps to get rid off all the salt in it.


 You need

Dry fish 1(whole or few pieces as you need)
Onion 1 large
Tomato 2 medium
Green chillies 2
Curry leaves 3-4 sprigs(use more if you like)
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder 1/2 tsp
Oil 2 tablespoon
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Water a little around half cup
Coriander leaves to garnish


  • In a pan of water, add turmeric powder and add the dry fish pieces and let it boil for 5-7 minutes.This helps tenderise the fish and also to get rid of the salt.
  • Once the fish is tender, take it off the water, discard water.Remove the flesh of the fish and discard bones and skin.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, green chillies and fry well.
  • Add chopped onions and saute well until soft.
  • Once the onions are soft add the tomatoes and sprinkle some salt.This helps mash the tomatoes quicker.
  • Add a little water at this stage, add chilli powder and stir for a few seconds.
  • Add the shredded dry fish pieces. 
  • Mix well.Add some more water and cover and cook until the spices have coated the fish.
  • Garnish with more fresh curry leaves and coriander leaves.



Serve hot with chapathis or rasam  or sambar and rice.Like my mom says dry fish is a rice pulls.So watch out :)



Notes :

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  • Be careful with salt because the fried fish can have salt and adding your normal level can make the dish salty.

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