Thenga Varutharacha Meen ( Mathi ) curry - Canned Sardines in roasted coconut curry


Looking at the gray-sky outside, with a cup of joe, I can see the yellow , the crimson red and brown all over the trees and ground , creating a bed of colors . What a delightful sight , though the sky warns me its the death of the season baby! Why Mr. Sky do you think that will pull me back from njoying this beauty? Not a bit!

What do you love " the most" about this season?






I don't have a " the most" , but lots of things I love and do ...an evening stroll by the lake near my home  witnessing the magical sunset with vibrant colors everywhere ..the sound of crisp leaves under my shoes , as I walk over them in the yet to be raked front yard ..a feeling of breaking away from old , purifying myself and getting ready to embrace the new, and finally the  sound and aroma of bubbling soup pot with a stew/soup for my dinner!


A couple of months ago , I was searching for some inspiration to cook , when I came across this recipe in Vanitha. The fact that its a recipe by Lekshmi nair gave me all the more reason to try it at once. Its a bit different from the Varutharacha meen curry recipe I posted some time back. Tried it , liked it and added to my repertoire ever since. N loves Sardines and I hate to buy fresh as it stinks! The only way to accommodate it to our diet is to buy canned ! 


Recipe for  Thenga varutharacha mathi curry - Canned sardines in roasted coconut curry
Serves - 2-3
Total cooking time - 30-40 minutes
Recipe source ( Lekshmi Nair Recipes - Vanitha Pachakam)

Ingredients:-
Fish - 1/2 kg ( i used two 8 oz can of sardines in water )
Tamarind pulp - 1.5 tea spoon
Tomato quartered - 1
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tea spoon
Fenugreek seeds - a large pinch
Shallots chopped - 2 or 3
Curry leaves - 2 stems
Optional ingredients:-
Garlic chopped - 3-4 cloves
Ginger chopped - a small piece

To Roast and Grind
Grated coconut - 2 cup
Shallots chopped - 5
Oil - 1.5 tablespoon
Red chili powder - 1 tablespoon
Coriander powder - 1.5 tablespoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 to 1/2 tea spoon

Method:-
Dissolve tamarind pulp in 1/2 cup of water.
Heat a pan, add grated coconut and fry stirring continuously in a medium flame
When it starts to brown , add oil , shallots and fry for a little more time.
Add chili , coriander and turmeric powders and remove from heat.Don't let it burn
Grind this coconut mix to a very fine paste. Add the tamarind water and mix well
Add 1 or 1.5 more cup water to this mix, and bring to boil in a heavy bottomed cooking pan.
Add curry leaves, Tomato, fish pieces, salt to taste and cook covered for 20 minutes.
( For canned sardines , 10-12 minutes is enough as they are already cooked)
Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds. When they pop add fenugreek seeds and fry for 20 seconds
Add chopped shallots , curry leaves , ( garlic and ginger) and fry till they are brown
Pour this over the curry and let stand for 15 minutes covered, before you serve.

Notes :- 
  • You can add dried red chiles and whole coriander instead of powders .
  • Shallots are always better in this kind of prep , use red onion if you don't have it.
  • Though the original recipe said coconut oil , I didn't have it , so I used Canola oil.
  • Garlic and ginger are optional, use it only if you like it!
Other recipes to check:-
Good day all,
  Sarah ✍

38 comments:

divya said...

looks so delicious and tempting...lovely clicks dear ...

Chitra said...

that's is a super delicious meen curry.... my fav...never tried canned sardines before...will try soon...

Krithi's Kitchen said...

The click looks like something to be in a magazine... so professional..
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Meena said...

This looks yumm!! I miss home food so much!! You should start a home delivery service :)

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Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Wow Sarah I happen to have these sardine fish fry few days ago... Hmmm yummy for the tummy but me fasting:( looks tasty and mouth- watering.. Love the click:)

vineetha said...

After reading this even I feel like walking on autumn leaves ....adipoli,u r a good writer Sarah and ofcourse a master cook too !!

Sravs said...

Looks delicious !! superb clicks !!

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Priya said...

Wow fingerlicking meen curry...super tempting.

kankana said...

I love love these kind of fish curry. One of my aunt use to make it for me.
I am more of a summer girl, so these seasons are not really my fav and staying in CA i don;t even get to see the fall colors.. but what i still like is that it's cozy .. i get to wear my boots ;) and new jackets !

Kalyani's Platter said...

looks delicious and yummy .........

Susan and Abraham said...

vibrant photos.... i like them...

Smitha said...

haven't used canned sardines in a while...This is tempting enough for me to go get some!

Phayas AbdulRahman said...

Wowwww... YumMmMmMmMyYyyyyyy......!!!

Uma said...

I am still in the learning stage of making meat and fish dishes. This one looks delicious and this is the different one from what I usually prepare. I'm bookmarking it.

Cheers,
Uma

Panchamrutham said...

Beautifully tempting clicks...Loved the spicy mathi curry...

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aipi said...

I am so in love with all the pics Sarah ~ absolutely beautiful n the recipe sounds so rustic n authentic!
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Amina Khaleel said...

looks so delicious... fabulous clicks..

Reshmi said...

it gves a temptation to my tongu to grab it from ur plate.....sooo nice dish sarah...

Rinku Naveen said...

This yummy fish curry is making me hungry Sarah. Never tried varutharacha masala with sardines. This looks so tangy and spicy. Loved your presentation. It just gets to a higher level with each post :)

Tina said...

sarammooooo ithu thanne ente draftil undu but with nanmeen...Looks yummyyyy.

Shilpakiran said...

first and the most important thing i like in your posting is presentation awesome ..i do try to follow so much ..thanks for such good posting ..surely it looks yumm

S.Menaga said...

mouthwatering fish curry!!

julie said...

Ingane kothipikalle,Sarah!!looks divine ........

Shabs said...

Ooooh ! I love all the thenga aracha curries and this one looks divine , I will def make them and also your pics are gorgeous as usual , I just love looking at them . Give us amateurs a tutorial on your pics and food styling , we could really learn .

Suja said...

Kothiyavunnu..adipoli curry

Shema George said...

super yummy Sarah...amazing clicks as usual :))
Shema
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Sravs said...

wow yummy and delicious !! amazing clicks as always!!

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Plateful said...

I have a soft corner for anything varutharacha :) Your photos are awesome Sarah. Most of the time, I skip the text and keep staring at the pictures. Proud of you hon! xx

Angie's Recipes said...

I love fish curry..the gravy looks so good.

Sowmya said...

A tasty combination of aromatic spices....looks totally delicious!

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deepsrecipes said...

Traditional Kerala Fish curry..looks Awesome..

പഞ്ചാരകുട്ടന്‍ -malarvadiclub said...

താങ്ക്സ് ഡിയര്‍
സ്നേഹപൂര്‍വ്വം
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Lena Rashmin Raj said...

woww...looks delicious. :)
canned fish kondu curry vachal athinu taste vyathyasam undaakumo?
i make canned tuna's thoran and roast often bt never tried curry...expecting answer :)
then, belated diwali wishes to you both..i was in kerala for 2months..atha blogil active allanjathu :)

Sarah Naveen said...

Lena...ichira taste difference fresh meen inekalum undu...i hate buying fresh sardines and N is crazy about it too..thats y i buy canned...But if you like that unakkameen taste , then you like this too ;)..
and good to see you back ;)

Manju said...

Awesome clicks. I could just eat that curry with some rice now :)
You have a beautiful space here dear.
I'm new to blogging, would love it if you could visit sometime.
I've been following your posts for quite sometime now and each post is simply superb.

Regards,
Manju
Http://manjuseatingdelights.blogspot.com

Manju said...

Looks delicious! my meataholic will be in 7th heaven if I make this for him..which means, I probably should! :) will let you know how it turned out, if i do make it.

Anonymous said...

hey...thank you so much for all the recipes...love to oggle,read,swoon and yes..try them

i tried the sardine varutharacha curry today...papa and amma loved it

Unknown said...

hi sarah !! so happy to hv found ur blog :) I tried your recip here and its a major hit, considering iam in a craving phase right now ;) this recipe hit the spot ! :) thank u,....made it twice already and planning to try other recipes here especially christian kerala ones :)

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