Mathi Puliyum Mulakum/Sardine Fish Curry
Mathi puliyum mulakum/sardine fish curry is a regional specialty. This is a very simple and healthy fish curry made with sardine.Sardine is a small oily fish found plenty in Kerala coast. It is healthy and rich in protein, calcium and fatty acids.Mulakum puliyum refers to the sauce which has chilly and tamarind as its main ingredient.Spicy sardine curry is an absolute comfort food and goes well with kappa puzhukku/boiled mashed tapioca or with rice. Try this, you will surely love it.
(add according to spice tolerance)
Tamarind- 1 small lemon sized ball
Pearl onions- 6-8
Fenugreek powder- 1/8 tsp(optional)
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Curry leaves- 2 springs
Coconut oil- 1 tbs
salt to taste
In a bowl add tamarind and dry kashmiri chilly. You can remove the seeds of the chilly. Pour one cup of hot water and let is soak for half an hour.
Using a mixer make it into a fine paste. When it a smooth paste add the the pearl onions and two curry leaves and pulse a few times.
Pour this paste into a pan/ chatti. Add salt, turmeric powder and fenugreek powder and mix. Add two cups of water and bring it to a boil.
Add fish pieces and cook in high for two minutes. Cover and simmer in low flame for about 10-12 minutes. When the gravy thickens and oil separates the curry is done. At this stage add two springs of curry leaves and drizzle fresh coconut oil on top.
Remove from stove.Keep it covered till it is ready to be served. This will help to infuse the flavors of curry leaves and coconut oil.
Hope you will all enjoy!