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Pepper Sardine



Pepper Sardine

Sardine is very common sea food in Kerala. This is a recipe which we tried during our recent visit to India. It was from my mother-in laws recipe book collection . It was a quick and easy recipe and it was learning experience and great fun to experiment some rare authentic recipes with my mother-in-law.Thanks Ammachi for this recipe.

Sardine is a small oily fish found in plenty in the Indian Ocean.There are different types of sardines world wide and are rich in protein, calcium and fatty acids. Pepper sardine is a healthy and tasty version with the flavor of pepper and the  sourness of gooseberry. This recipe is a keeper which you would love to try again and again.

Ingredients
Sardine- 1 lb
Shallots- 1/2 cup
Ginger -i inch thick piece
Garlic- 4-5 cloves
Tomato-2 small
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Crushed dry gooseberry- 2 (or you can add fresh)
Chilly powder-1 tsp
Pepper powder- 3/4 tsp
Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp
Thick tamarind paste - one tsp
Salt to taste
Curry leaves- a few

To temper
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds-a few
Sliced shallots- 1 tsp
Dry red chilly-2
curry leaves- a few



 Clean sardine and keep aside. Crush shallots, ginger and garlic and dry goose berry. Chop tomatoes into small pieces.
Place all this crushed masala in a pan ( preferably manchatti) and add chilly powder,turmeric powder. coriander powder,thick tamarind paste, chopped tomatoes, curry leaves and salt. Mix well and add one cup of water. Bring this masala to a boil and reduce till the gravy thickens a bit. Remove half of the masala from the pan and place the sardines in single layer. Spread the rest of the masala on top and sprinkle pepper powder on top.Cover and cook in medium flame till the fish is soft . Heat oil in another pan and temper with mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds. When it splutters add onions,dry chilly and curry  leaves and fry till crisp. Pour over the sardine masala. Serve with rice.

Try this
Hope you will all enjoy!

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