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Mathi curry

Mathi mulakittath or chala curry


  • Sardines (Mathi/Chaala) : 250 gm
  • Tamarind: 10gm( size of a big lemon)
  • Onions: 2 nos (Chop into small pieces)
  • Ginger: a small piece
  • Garlic: 1 full.
  • 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
  • Water:required


Clean the fish well. no need to cut the fish into small piece. use as it is.

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 just crush the tomato pieces , onions, ginger, garlic, and green chilies.No need to make a paste, need to just crush all together.

In a clay pot ( mann chatti) or in a pan add cleaned fish, tamarind mixture, crushed other ingredients, turmeric powder, red chili powder salt and 3/4 water, 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 kerala mathi curry ready to serve.


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