Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Nadan Fish (Ayila) Curry

• ½ Kg Fish ( Ayila) each fish cut to 3 pieces
• 1 ½ cup water
• 1 cup chopped onions
• 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
• 2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger
• 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
• 5 medium size green chillies
• 1 tablespoon turmeric
• 2 tablespoon red chilly powder
• One hand full tamarind
• One hand full fresh curry leafs
• 5 teaspoons fresh coconut oil
• Salt to taste


Go to the fish market and ask for fresh (Ayila). You can also make the same with Sardine ( Mathi) or Seer fish ( Aykoora). Ask the vendor to clean the fish and cut to right size. Pay him extra to cut, as it might be messy to cut yourself!

Soak the tamarind in ½ cup water.
Cut the onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, green chilies and set aside. Put all the ingredients in the fish bowl and add salt, chilly powder, turmeric powder and mix (rub) well.

Add the coconut oil and mix again and keep aside for 10-20 mts.

Add the water to it and bring to boil for 5 mts. Once the onions are tender add the tamarind paste you had soaked in water (don’t forget to strain).
Bring to boil once again. Now add the cut fish and cook for 20 mts.
Garnish with curry leafs and 2 green chilies. Do server hot with Nadan Rice. This tastes good with Poratha or boiled tapioca too.
I learned this dish from my friend Sudarshan (Babu) who used to stay with me while we were bachelors!!!


  1. When are you calling us home for a wonderful Barbecue?

  2. Your pictures look yummy Rajesh! Dropped on your site when was googling for some different meen curry recipes.

    Actually before adding water you can splutter mustard seeds in coconut oil and fry onion, chillies, ginger-garlic for a while. And then add water.

    Also try adding 1/4 spoon of fried fenugreek
    (uluva) powder. that adds a good taste!