Nadan Mathi Curry Recipe - Chaala Curry Recipe | Kerala Sardines Curry Recipe

I haven’t posted a Nadan Kerala dish here in a while; so here goes one which is the favorite food of keralites, Yes, it is a Sardines/Mathi/Chaala fish curry. This curry is one of the popular dish in Kerala Cuisine.


Sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and also a good source of vitamin D, calcium, B12, and protein. This signature dish of Kerala features sardines in a deliciously spicy and tangy sauce flavored with tamarind. Makes a nice dish to serve company or anyone who loves sardines, so give this easy fish recipe a try - you won't be disappointed!

Nadan Mathi Recipe - Chaala Curry Recipe | Kerala Sardines Curry Recipe


Serves 5

Ingredients :


Sardines /Mathi/Chaala : 15 nos /150 grms
Fish Tamarind /Camboge fruit rinds /Kudampulli : 2 pieces (broken into pieces)
Curry leaves : 6 sprig
Coconut oil : 2 tbsp
Salt to taste

To Ground to a fine paste:

Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder : 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder : 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli powder : 1 1/2 tsp or (to your tolerable spice levels)
Coriander Powder : 1tbsp
Fenugreek seed powder 1/4 tsp
Shallots : 4-5
Ginger : 1/2 inch piece
Garlic : 3-4 pods


How to make Nadan Mathi - Chaala Curry | Kerala Sardines Curry

1. Wash and clean the sardine with salt and drain out water completely and make some small gashes on it and keep it aside.
2. In blender grind the listed ingredients mentioned above "To Ground" with enough water to fine paste.
3. Gently mix the ground spice paste, fish tamarind /kudampulli and salt with the sardines well.
4. Heat a pan (preferably in 'Kalchatti' an earthen pot) and pour required coconut oil (Note : It will enhance the authentic taste) when its hot tilt the pan/earthen pot in such a way that oil gets spread evenly in the pan/earthen pot.
5. Spread and arrange 4 sprig of curry leaves on the pan/earthen pot, add mathi /sardines with carefully over the curry leaves.
6. Add little water and bring to boil, now add the remaining curry leaves and reduce the flame and let it simmer for about 15– 20 minutes until all/most of the water evaporates and the gravy thickens. (Note : Tilt the pan/earthen pot in between such a way that everything is mixed well.)

7. Remove from fire; sprinkle some coconut oil on the top of curry and keep covered for 20-30 minutes.
8. Serve hot with boiled rice or Kappa/Tapioca and Enjoy!

Notes : 

  • For best result allow the curry to stand for at least 2-3 hours or overnight and serve next days so that the gravy absorbs all the flavors. It tastes Yummy!
For more Fish Recipes check here

Happy Cooking!
Sangeetha

53 comments:

  1. We had this curry atleast thrice a week when i was living at home.
    How i miss this curry. Hubby is not in fav if meen curry except if it is chemeen.
    So i miss out on making and eating all these delicous curry, wish i was living next door.

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  2. Mathi curry adipoli. I liked the bowl too.

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  3. kollamallo nannytund, mathi okke evidunu vaangy?

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  4. Spicy n delicious..love the cute bowl too :)
    US Masala

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  5. Chaala curry looks mouthwatering. Drooling here....

    Aaha Oho

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  6. curry kollam.....spicy.....like the bowl too....

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  7. Delicious mathi curry.My mouth is watering...Yummy

    Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

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  8. Lovely curry. Cute bowl and very tempting dish !!

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  9. adipoli.sherikkum kothipichu.. evde frozen mathi vaangiyittu athu pole kalanju :( Kothi kaaranam try cheythatha...

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  10. OMG! Simply irresistible, mouthwaters here.

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  11. Entamme, kandittu kothi aayittu vayya...It looks super-tasty. Evide canned mathiye kittullu, athinu ottum taste ella..athu karanam eppol medikkarilla..Nattil chennittu venom kothi ellam theerkkan..Aa bowl nalla rasamundu kannan :)

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  12. that looks tasty!! HAven't had this in a while now!

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  13. Love this curry...:)

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  14. Fingerlicking curry, yummy and droolworthy,cute bowl..

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  15. Hey Sangee,whatz this ? adipoli fish curry .Iam drooling here ,it's been a while since i made fish .Wish i could have it now .Lovely presentation.

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  16. Chala curry looks mouthwatering Sangee..oh my favorite.

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  17. haven't had this for a while now.. tempting me now...

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  18. Haha I was just talking about this curry! Now I really must make some. Great photos!

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  19. We had this sardines curry during our vaccation in Kerala. The taste was really superb. Very tempting dish dear...

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  20. Delicious and I love the presentation in that gorgeous bowl!

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  21. i would love to have this with white rice,looks so tempting sangee..

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  22. Ooh! Yum! Slurp! What a spicy curry! It looks lovely and nice!

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  23. Ugran. I miss the mathi here.. esp mathi fry.

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  24. adipoli mathi kuttan....vayil vellom nirayunnu da....chooruenta kude nalla comboination...

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  25. ummmmm mathi yill oru padu gunnanjel undu......ya mathi is my favt fish.......adipolli ayittundakkum alla....nalla choodu chorum mathi curryum....ummmm yummmy

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  26. mathi curry adipoli ayittundu presentation also super. enikku bowl othiri ishtapettu

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  27. looks yummy dear..ivide frozen mathiye kittu..athinte taste ishtapedajathukodu ippol vangikkareyilla....

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  28. Evidunnu kitty nadan mathi.v get only canned ones...mouthwatering...................

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  29. wonderful curry.... want to grab the full plate....

    http://akilaskitchen.blogspot.com

    Regards,
    Akila

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  30. mouthwatering recipe, looks yummy

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  31. Love this spicy and delicious curry, thanks for sharing dear..

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  32. Love theis....ivide mathi kittanilla..athanu sankadam...Cute fish bowl kettoda...

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  33. Thank you ALL for your lovely comments, I really appreciate your time.

    @ Suji, Vrindha...ivide coastal ayathu kondu fresh meen kittan padonnum illa.:-)

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  34. perfect w/ kappa... love the color of the curry!

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  35. Adipoli mathi curry.evide mathiyenu paranjittu kittunnathu nammade nattile mathi alla.veroru type anu.ethintoru taste vere thanne.nalla ugran color ayittundeda.

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  36. mouthwatering Mathi Curry...! kurachu kappem koodi kittiyirunnenkil...

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  37. sajitha10:37 PM

    I have tried this couple of times and each time it gets better and that too with very little effort, thats the part I like most. But u had mentioned 15nos of fish and along with it weight in grms. Is that the right weight. Can u pls review.....just trying to make out if I am missing anything. Thanks a lot for the wonderful recipes.

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  38. Thanks everyone :D Really appreciate your time.

    @sajitha..i am glad u liked the recipe and thx for letting me know that...regarding your query,weight i mentioned is not the weight of the 15fish..u can use 15 nos medium sized fish or 150 grms.hope this helps..:-)

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  39. Anonymous7:17 AM

    Valuable info. Lucky me I found your site by accident, I bookmarked it.

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  40. @Anonymous, Thanks for the kind words :-)

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  41. Anonymous11:25 PM

    Nauczylem sie wiele

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  42. Hey Kothiyavunu, I tried your recipe..was very tasty and my fly loved it..thanks for sharing the authentic recipe..keep posting!!
    Best wishes!!

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  43. @ Fathima...I am so happy that your family loved it. Here we too love it. Well as they say delicious things are for sharing :-)

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  44. Anonymous7:48 AM

    15 nos = 150g???

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    1. No, t's 15 medium sized fish or 150 grms. I hope this answers your question. Thanks!

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  45. Anonymous2:10 AM

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=564460463616767&set=gm.643162235701440&type=1&theater

    see this... just a copy paste from here

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  46. Anonymous2:01 AM

    i tried the same.. but it became red in color..where as urs luk different..did i miss somthing ?

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    1. Hello, I wish i had a excat answer.The goal is not to get the exact colors to match the photographs, but to get closest to the taste of the recipe. Btw how was taste? The color of a curry may be dependent on a lot of things. mostly it depends on the red chilli powder you're using. I guess all varieties and brands are different and might impart different colors to a dish.Here I used Kashmiri red chili powder and again all brands of the Kashmiri chili powder might not be exactly same.I hope this answers your question.

      Thank you!
      Sangeetha

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  47. Anonymous1:50 AM

    I tried this curry and its very tasty

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    1. Thank you for trying it out for letting me know. So glad that that it lived up to your expectations! Hope you get to try other recipes and like them too.

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