- Mackerel (Ayala) : 3 medium size
- Tamarind: 10gm( size of a big lemon)
- Onions: 1 nos (Chop into small pieces)
- Tomato : 2 nos
- Ginger: a small piece
- Garlic: 8 to 10 cloves.
- Green chilies: 2 nos (sliced)
- Curry leaves: 4 to 5 stems
- Turmeric powder: 1 tbs
- Red chili powder: 2 tbs
- Fenugreek powder- 1/4 tsp
- Salt: as required( 1 to 2 tbs)
- Oil: as required
Clean the fish well. Cut the fish into 3 piece. Either you can use the head portion or remove it.
In a bowl take 1/4 cup water( you can use hot water also) add tamarind into it and set aside to soak. After 15 to 20 minutes mix the tamarind with hand in the bowl itself. Then you will get a pulp of mixture. Remove the seeds from it.
In a mixer crush the ginger, garlic, and green chilies.No need to make a paste, need to just crush all together.
In a pan add 2 tbs oil, saute crushed ginger-garlic paste. once its raw taste removed, add onion pieces saute well. Then add tomato pieces, saute for 2 minutes.
Please note, you can also use these ingredients as raw to make this curry, but i prefer to use sauteed onion-tomato.
In a clay pot ( mann chatti) or in a pan add cleaned fish, tamarind mixture, onion-tomato mixture, 1 tbs turmeric powder, 2 tbs red chili powder salt and required water for gravy(1/4 glass more) , mix it well.
Then cook the mixture for 15 to 20 minutes.Once fish cooked, add curry leaves with stems, Fenugreek powder and 2 tbs of oil into it. cook for 2 minutes. Off the flame….
Tasty Ayala curry ready to serve.