Karuvadu Kuzhambu Recipe / Nethili Karuvadu Kuzhambu Recipe / Dried Fish Curry Recipe

Hubby loves dried fish curry, not only dried fish, he love anything fishy. I have mentioned this all the times whenever i post fish recipes. I love making fish curries for him and sit on his side asking him how it taste, because each time i make different curries. Most of the time it is his favorite fish curry. I have posted a dried fish fry recipe before, that is the first time i cooked using dried fish. Dried fish is only for the heavy fish lovers, because it has a intense fishy taste which i dont like. And also it is packed with tons of salt, so you have to wash it well to get rid of it and also you shouldn't add any salt untill the dish is finished, taste it and add it in the end.

Now coming to this recipe, couple weeks back when me and hubby where shopping, he found few packed of dried fish in the shelves. Immediately he got couple of packets of them. And i used them to make this dish and it tasted really good. Try to find dried fish which is packed properly and looks clean, imported dried fish can have less salts,  I have shared a tip of soaking the dried fish in hot boiling water for 15 mins before you cook them, this will remove most of the salt and make it soft. So follow this recipe and let me know if it tried it..

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time : 35 to 40 mins
Serves : 5 to 6


Dried Fish / Karuvadu - 25 pieces ( I used nethili karuvadu)
Coconut Oil - 2 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Urad dal / Ulundu Paruppu - 1 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds / Methi / Vendayam - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves a sprig
Garlic - 10 cloves peeled
Onion - 1 large sliced thinly
Green Chilli - 1 slit
Tomatoes - 1 large chopped finely
Brinjal - 1 sliced or chopped
Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Coriander Powder / Malli Podi - 1 tblspn
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Cumin Powder / Jeerakam Podi - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Water as needed


Clean dry dish by removing the head and scraping the gills. Now add hot boiling water over this and soak it for 15 mins. Drain and set aside.

Heat coconut oil in a earthern ware pot.

Add in mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves and saute for a min.

Add in garlic cloves and saute for a min.

Add in onions and green chillies. Saute till they turn translucent.

Add in tomatoes and cook for 5 to 7 mins till they turn mushy.

Add in all the spice powders and brinjal and saute for a min.

Add in water and bring everything to a boil, cook untill brinjal is half done.

Add in tamarind Pulp and boil for 5 mins.

Add in dried fish and simmer for 8 to 10 mins.

Add in coconut milk and boil once. Taste to see if you need salt and adjust it.

Turn off the heat and add in curry leaves. 

Serve over rice.

Take all your ingredients 
Start by cleaning fish pieces

I soaked them in hot water for 15 mins
Heat coconut oil in a earthernware pot

add in all the seasoning ingredients

Add in garlic cloves

Now add in sliced onions and green chilli

saute them for 5 mins

Add in tomatoes

cook everything till it gets mushy

Add in brinjal slices and all spice powders

cook this for a min

add in water
bring everything to a boil and cook till brinjal
 is half cooked

add in tamarind pulp

add in dried fish pieces

mix well

cover the pot and simmer for 10 mins

now the dried fish is cooked

pour in coconut milk

mix well and bring it to one boil

turn off the heat and add in curry leaves


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