October 2, 2006

Fish Pulusu

Fish cooked in tamarind juice and spices. Authentic Andhra fish /Chappala pulusu.

We can prepare this dish with the following types of fish: Tilapia, Milk fish, Cat Fish, Makarel, Bass.


1 fish descaled, cut into 6 pieces & cleaned.

1 medium onion

1 medium tomato

1 Table spoon Ginger Garlic Paste

2 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 tsp turmeric

1 table spoon roasted methi(Fenugreek) & jeera (Cumin) powder

lemon size tamarind soaked in warm water

10 leaves of curry leaves

Salt to taste.

Coriander/Cilantro leaves to garnish.

For Tadka/ Poppu:

1/4 cup oil

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

1/2 teaspoon jeera/cumin seeds

1/2 teaspoon methi/fenugreek seeds


* Take a wide pan to cook this fish. Put oil in the pan. when it gets warm put the Tadka/ Poppu with mustard seeds, jeera/cumin seeds, methi/fenugreek seeds.

* Cut half the onion and chop it finely. and the other half coarse grind it. Put this to the above oil add curry leaves and fry it till it is golden brown.

* To this add turmeric, chili powder, ginger garlic paste, salt. fry it for a minute. then add the chopped tomatoes. Put the lid and let it cook for sometime till it becomes soft. Don't add any water. Mix it for sometime.

* Then place the fish piece and cover it with the above paste over each piece. Pu the lid and let it cook for some time till it looses all the fish water.

*Then remove the juice from the soaked tamarind and add it in the fish.

* Check for the taste. Adjust chili powder & salt , tamarind according to your taste.

* Roast some methi & jeera seeds. and powder it.

* When it boils enough add one spoon of the roasted jeera & methi powder.

* Garnish with cilantro leaves.

* Serve with hot rice or chapathi.