Puli Ozhichu Mathi Pollichathu

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

How To

    • 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.

1 thought on “Puli Ozhichu Mathi Pollichathu”

  1. dhanya jose said:

    nee thakarkukayanallo? good attempt……..
    But, I prefer kudampulli, healthier choice.
    b’loril evide meen chatti vangan kittum? njnan madivala marketil nokki. kittiyilla.

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