November 4, 2011

Kozhuval Peera /Meen Peera /Chooda peera pattichathu /Anchovy stir fry

Kozhuval/Chooda/Anchovy - 250 gm
Grated coconut - 3/4 cup 
Green chilies - 3 or 4
Shallots /Onion -  1/4 cup Sliced
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Fenugreek Powder  1/4 tsp
Ginger - 1 Medium piece
Curry leaves - 1sprig
Salt - as required
Oil - 1tbsp(coconut oil preferred)
Kudampuli/Kokum- 1 or 2 pieces

1. Clean and Wash the fish .Add 1/2 tsp salt and turmeric powder to water and keep the fish in this water for 15 minutes . Then wash the fish by changing water 3 or 4 times. This will help to remove the bad odor of fish
2. Crush/Grind the coconut, green chillies , shallots, all powders ,ginger together ,either in a mixer or by your hand .If it is in a mixer pulsing is enough.
3. Combine the fish pieces, coconut mixture ,and kudampuli in a manchatti /pan .Add around 1 cup of water.
Cook in medium heat with occasional gentle stirring Take care while stirring because the fish breaks easily .  It will take only 10 or 15 minutes to cook .
4. Add coconut oil and crushed curry leaves . 
If you want tempering , to give a final touch , Splutter mustard seeds in coconut oil and add this to the fish mixture.(Optional)
Serve with rice 

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