This is an excellent sardine recipe. I got the recipe from a TV Show and have slightly modified it. When tried at home, it was a big hit among my family members. Instead of Kudampuli (Garcinia gummi-gutta), we use tamarind here and lots of shallots and lots of curry leaves.
Preparation Time: 30-40 minutes | Difficulty Level: Medium
- Sardine (Cleaned) – 6-7
- Shallots (sliced) – 20
- Green Chilly – 10 sliced
- Curry leaves – leaves from 3 stems
- Ginger-garlic paste – 1 ½ teaspoon
- Coriander Powder – 2 tablespoon
- Chilly Powder – 2 tablespoon (Use Kashmiri chilly powder, so that it will not be too spicy)
- Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
- Tamarind – the size of a lemon (You can add more also if you really like the taste. In the original recipe, they have added 100gms of tamarind)
- Salt – As needed
- Oil – As needed
- Make tamarind paste by adding water to tamarind and keep it aside. We dont need a thick paste.
- Add coconut oil (3-4 table spoon) to a traditional earthen pot (Meen Chatti). Add shallots, green chillies and curry leaves. Saute it well.
- Add ginger-garlic paste and saute again.
- Now add coriander powder, chily powder, and turmeric powder. Again saute well.
- Add tamarind paste and add needed water and let it boil.
- Now add needed salt and stir well.You may need to add little bit more salt if you have added more tamarind.
- Add the cleaned fish and let it cook on low flame for some time.
- Once it is done, turn off the stove and add 4-5 curry leaves and 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Puli Ozhichu Mathi Pollichathu is ready to be served.
This goes really well with Kerala Rice as well as with tapioca.