Andhra Fish Curry or Chepala Pulusu

andhra fish curry recipe chepala pulusu

I make fish curry almost every week.This is how my Mom makes Andhra fish curry or chepala pulusu. This time I made slight changes to that fish recipe.Even though I make exactly the same way she does, my Fish curry tastes way different then my Mom’s. I guess it happens to everyone 🙂

I have blogged about the same Andhra chepala pulusu earlier too. If I’m energetic and have lots of time I like to experiment.In pinch of time I make this fish curry recipe.

 

On side note I want to advice any dog lovers to vaccinate their loved pets without fail.My brother’s dog, Rocky a golden retriever is suffering now. My brother missed  one of the vaccination because Rocky is very naughty and strong dog ,Vets in my Father’s Farm couldn’t control him and they didn’t vaccinate as they don’t  have required tools or technique to control.Only technique my brother knew is love and bribing Rocky with his favorite snacks.

Now he has fallen prey to deadly virus Canine Distemper.When local Vets couldn’t help ,my brother took Rocky to Bangalore Vets and they said he is in final stage and recovery chances are less This is horrible news for us. Rocky is with us for almost 4 years now.He came to my Sister’s home when he is days old and he is too young to die.Doctors suggested we can lay him to rest any time but we couldn’t let go. We brought him back to home and he is currently taking only fluids and taking some medicine.My family is very much shattered right now,please pray.

We had lost one more dog couple of years ago. His name was Tagore and he was old dog and beautiful one. I have good memories with him…My whole family loves pets except me. I love them but I don’t like to pet them or touch them…don’t know exact reason .My kids also loves pets. We don’t have any pet’s here yet.I love cows and like to pet them and have a dream to have lots of cows one day, may be when I retire 😉

You can make this fish curry with either fresh or frozen fish. My husband likes only Salmon.But it tastes good with Tilapia,cat fish or any other fish as well. Make sure it is has more flesh rather than too many bones .

andhra fish curry salmon

 

Ingredients for Andhra Fish Curry or Chepala Pulusu

Fish 1lb

Onions Medium size 1

Tomatoes 2

Green Chillies 5

Chopped garlic 2 Tbsp

Ginger Garlic Paste 1 Tbsp

Curry leaves

Tamarind Pulp from Big Lemon Sized

Coriander Powder 1 Tbsp

Chili Powder 1 Tbsp

Cumin Powder 1 Tsp

Turmeric Powder 1/2 Tsp

Methi Powder/Fenugreek Powder 1/2 Tsp

Salt

Oil

Cilantro

Making of Andhra Fish Curry or Chepala Pulusu

andhra fish curry ingredients

For Making Andhra chepala pulusu or fish curry first soak lemon sized tamarind and extract pulp. Don’t use store bought tamarind paste.You don’t get authentic taste.

Clean Fish and keep it aside.Marinate fish with salt,turmeric powder,chilly powder and ginger garlic paste. I some times will skip this step and add fish directly to curry.

Heat the oil in a wide pan over medium to high heat.

Add mustard seeds and allow them to crackle.

Now add cumin seeds,fenugreek seeds and curry leaves and saute for few seconds.

andhra fish curry tadka

Add chopped garlic and stir fry for few seconds, you can smell nice aroma as soon as garlic touches oil.

 

Now add chopped onions and stir fry them till they turn lightly brown around the edges for about 3 min. Add slit green chillies and fry them for few seconds.

andhra fish curry onions

Immediately add ginger garlic paste and and saute for few seconds.

Add chopped tomatoes and cook uncovered until tomatoes are soft and mushy.

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While tomatoes are cooking prepare a slurry or paste from coriander ,chilli ,turmeric,methi and cumin powders.Slurry should not be watery it should be thick.

andhra fish curry slurry

Now add slurry to the pan and stir fry for few minutes.

andhra fish curry adding slurry

andhra_fish_curry_tomatoes_dry

Add extracted tamarind pulp and stir for 5 min. Then add water in small quantities.If water is less you can add more but when you add more water and if you take out water all the spice levels will change. So add water in smaller quantities.

andhra fish curry adding tamarind pulp

 

Boil curry uncovered and add salt. Check taste and adjust spice levels and salt.andhra fish curry adding water

Once you are okay with curry thickness add fish pieces.Bring fish curry to boil onmedium to high flame and reduce the flame. Simmer fish curry on low flame for 20-30 min. Don’t stir with spatula gently swirl the fish curry by rotating pan in circular movements. If you use spatula to stir, fish pieces will break.

andhra fish curry adding fish

I have used frozen fish,its very delicate.If fish is fresh you can use spatula with caution.

After 20-30 min check for taste and switch of the flame. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

andhra fish curry ready

Note:One of my aunt sprinkles some methi powder just before turning of the flame.Andhra fish curry recipe

Andhra fish curry or chepala pulusu is ready. Fish curry tastes good with rice and it tastes better if you serve next day.

Andhra Fish Curry pin

Enjoy !!
XOXO

 

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Andhra Fish Curry or Chepala Pulusu

Making of Andhra Fish Curry or Chepala Pulusu
Course Brunch
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Author Sravanthi

Ingredients

  • Fish 1lb
  • Onions Medium size 1
  • Tomatoes 2
  • Green Chillies 5
  • Chopped garlic 2 Tbsp
  • Ginger Garlic Paste 1 Tbsp
  • Curry leaves
  • Tamarind Pulp from Big Lemon Sized
  • Coriander Powder 1 Tbsp
  • Chili Powder 1 Tbsp
  • Cumin Powder 1 Tsp
  • Turmeric Powder 1/2 Tsp
  • Methi Powder/Fenugreek Powder 1/2 Tsp
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Cilantro

Instructions

  1. For Making Andhra chepala pulusu or fish curry first soak lemon sized tamarind and extract pulp. Don't use store bought tamarind paste.You don't get authentic taste.
  2. Clean Fish and keep it aside.Marinate fish with salt,turmeric powder,chilly powder and ginger garlic paste. I some times will skip this step and add fish directly to curry.
  3. Heat the oil in a wide pan over medium to high heat.
  4. Add mustard seeds and allow them to crackle.
  5. Now add cumin seeds,fenugreek seeds and curry leaves and saute for few seconds.
  6. Add chopped garlic and stir fry for few seconds, you can smell nice aroma as soon as garlic touches oil.
  7. Now add chopped onions and stir fry them till they turn lightly brown around the edges for about 3 min. Add slit green chillies and fry them for few seconds.
  8. Immediately add ginger garlic paste and and saute for few seconds.
  9. Add chopped tomatoes and cook uncovered until tomatoes are soft and mushy.
  10. While tomatoes are cooking prepare a slurry or paste from coriander ,chilli ,turmeric,methi and cumin powders.Slurry should not be watery it should be thick.
  11. Now add slurry to the pan and stir fry for few minutes.
  12. Add extracted tamarind pulp stir for 5 min. Then add water little by little. If water is less you can add more but when water is more if you take out water all the spice levels will change. So add in smaller quantities.
  13. Boil curry uncovered and add salt. Check taste and adjust spice levels and salt.
  14. Once you are okay with curry thickness add fish pieces.Bring fish curry to boil on medium to high flame and reduce the flame. Simmer fish curry on low flame for 20-30 min. Don't stir with spatula gently swirl the fish curry by rotating pan in circular movements. If you use spatula to stir, fish pieces will break.
  15. I have used frozen fish,its very delicate.If fish is fresh you can use spatula with caution.
  16. After 20-30min check for taste and switch of the flame. Garnish with chopped cilantro.
  17. Note:One of my aunt sprinkles some methi powder just before turning of the flame.
  18. Andhra fish curry or chepala pulusu is ready. Fish curry tastes good with rice and it tastes better if you serve next day.
  19. Enjoy !!
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