ANCHOVIES CURRY / NETHILI MEEN CURRY

Ingredients:

·   Nethili Meen / Anchovies       - 2 cups

·   Oil                                          - 2 to 3 tbsp

·   Vadagam                               - 1 tsp

·   Fenugreek seeds                   - ¾ tsp

·   Curry leaves                           - 5 to 6

·   Tomatoes                               - 2

·   Turmeric pwd                          - ¼ tsp

·   Red chillypwd                         - 1 ½  tsp

·   Coriander pwd                        - 1 tsp

·   Pepper pwd                            - ½ tsp

Brinjal or drumsticks chopped - 1 cup

·   Tamarind                                -  small ball

Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Clean and wash the Anchovies / Nethili fish and keep ready.
  2. Soak tamarind in ¼ cup water and extract thick juice out of it.
  3. Heat oil in a fry pan.
  4. Add vadagam ( or mustard, cumin, split urad dal ) , fenugreek seeds and curry leaves.
  5. Temper it.
  6. Add the finely chopped onions and fry till light brown.
  7. Add mashed tomatoes and fry till oil separates.
  8. Add turmeric pwd, red chilly pwd, coriander pwd, salt and pepper pwd.
  9. Sauté for a minute.
  10. Add sliced brinjals ( drumstick tastes great too ) and sauté further.
  11. Add 1 cup of water and cook covered , until the vegetable is cooked.