Dry fish curry/onakkameen curry

Main Dish
2 servings
15 min
35 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 2
Dried Fish- 1/4 kg

Tomato- 1, sliced

Onion- 1 large, thinly sliced

Green chillies- 2, slit

Garlic- 4 pods, chopped

Mustard seeds- 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilly powder- 3-4 teaspoon

Turmeric powder-1/2 teaspoon

Coconut,grated- 1 cup

Curry leaves- A handful

Tamarind paste(thick)- 3/4 teaspoon

Water- as required

Oil- 1 tablespoon


  • Wash the dried fish well with water 2-3 times, to remove any extra salt present and drain.
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry the dry fishes remove and keep aside(If using unsalted ones, add 1/2 teaspoon salt while frying).
  • To the same pan, add onion(Keep 1 teaspoon of onions, cubed aside), garlic and saute till soft.
  • Add the green chillies, tomatoes and saute . Add the red chilly powder,turmeric powder,salt,cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile Grind the grated coconut with little water to a very fine paste. Add the ground paste along with turmeric paste to the boiling onion base,stir well.
  • Add the fried dry fishes and mix well. Add water if required . Throw in the curry leaves. Cook covered in low flame for 10 minutes.
  • Check for the salt requirements and add more if required. Saute the cubed onions till dark brown. Add them to the curry and mix well.
  • Remove from fire and move onto a serving bowl. Serve hot with rice. Check for the spice and tamarind requirements and add more to suit your taste.

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