750 Gram mathi/sardine
18 dried red chillies
4 tbsp coriander leaves, minced
½ tsp fenugreek seeds
½ tsp turmeric powder
Salt, as required
5 tbsp shallots, finely chopped
2 tsp ginger, finely chopped
1 tsp garlic, finely chopped
4 tamarind pods
2 bunches of curry leaves
5 tsp coconut oil / Oil
1 cup water
Method of Preparation
Clean the fish, and make gashes on the them, on both sides.
Dry grind the dried red chillies, coriander leaves, fenugreek seeds, peppercorns and turmeric powder.
Now, grind the salt, shallots, ginger, garlic, tamarind, and curry leaves.
Bring both the mixtures together and blend them well with your hand. This is the masala.
Take a clay pot/ Frying pan and add 3 tsp of oil.
Lay 1/3rd of the fish over it and sprinkle 1/3rd of the masala over it.
Repeat the step alternating fish and masala.
Finally, over last layer, pour 1 cup of water and the rest of the oil
Now, keep the clay pot on top of the stove and let the fish cook.
Add required amount of salt and wait until all of the water dries up inside the pot.
Serve with Rice / Roti