Monday, August 20, 2012

Karuvadu Kuzhambu / Spicy Dryfish Gravy

This recipe I saw in one of the tv show long time back and have written in a piece of paper. When i was cleaning the house, in a drawer, found this, and gave a try. It was really spicy and tangy to have it on a rainy day.

I used Vaalai meen/ ribbon Fish for this gravy.
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  • Vaalai karuvadu - 10 to 12 pieces
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urud dal/Black gram - 1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - a pinch
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Shallots - 10
  • Tomato - 1
  • Chilli powder- 1
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Tamarind - 1 lemon size
  • Salt - as per taste
  • Oil - 1 tsp

Ingredients II (to grind)

  • Shallots - 10
  • Dry red chillies - 5 to 6
  • Tomato - 2
  • Black pepper - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil - 1 tsp


  • Soak tamarind in hot water.

  • Soak the washed dry fishes and keep it separate.

  • In a pan/kadai/wok, add ingredients from II(to grind) one by one, starting from oil.

  • When tomato becomes soft, transfer the contents to mixer/food processor and grind to paste. 

  • In the same kadai, add oil, mustard seeds, black gram, cumin seeds, curry leaves, fenugreek seeds, shallots.

  • When shallots become translucent, add tomato and garlic and cook, till tomato becomes soft.

  • Now add the grinded paste.

  • Add little water, chilli powder and turmeric powder.

  • Add the tamarind extract.

  • Let the gravy start boiling.
  • Now add the washed dry fishes and let it cook for 7 to 8 min.

  • Check for the salt and switch off the stove.

  • Serve the spicy and tangy dry fish gravy with hot rice. 


  • Check for the salt, as the dry fish contains salt by itself.

22 lovely comments:


Very yumm & delicious!!

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Reshmi Mahesh

Yummy looking dry fish curry...


i dont use vaalai for kuzhambu.. this one is interesting..

Hamaree Rasoi

Delicious and mouthwatering dry fish curry. Excellent preparation.


Your curry looks delicious, since am not a fan of dry fish I would try making this with normal fish


wow thats really yum...never tasted this before...nakku uruthu:)

Priya Suresh

Slurp,mouthwatering here..


Looks great.Well presented. Unfortunately I am a veggie :(

Menaga Sathia

அட்டகாசமா இருக்கு...

Binys Recipes

wow akila...that surely tempts me dear....i am bk after few months...and glad to be here with buzz like this


Never tried making dry fish curry..the gravy looks awesome.

Divya A

Aha can smell the aroma here Akila :) Looks so authentically yum!!

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Delicious gravy.


delicious dry fish curry looks wonderful

Sangeetha Nambi

Finger licking evergreen, favy dish...


Spicy and yummy dry fish curry.

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Mouthwatering it...


Mouthwatering it....


Looks delicious, we usually do not have a gravy of this, its always pan friend and eaten with dal and rice. Like this new twist. Was just wondering if it get too salty??


Yummy! Made this for dinner. It smells awesome! Cant wait to dig in with appalam! Mmmmm!


came out really well, had with curd rice, awesome. Thanks!!!


Followed the recipe but added fish curry powder to give extra flavour. Tasted amazing

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