Monday, January 31, 2011


Nellore chapala pulusu is famous all over Andhra..and most sought after by this curry fish is cooked in tangy tamarind juice and tastes heavenly with boiled rice and a dash of goes well even with ragi sangati, and some people like me  also prefer it with is how it goes...

1/2 kg fish cut into pieces
Tamarind (about a size of an orange, soaked in 3/4 cup of water
1tbsp rock salt
3-5 tsps chilli powder
green chillies 3
Onion-small size 4-6
Tomatoes 2-3 chopped
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves
Methi powder
Butter 1/2 tbsp
 Turmeric powder 1tsp

For the tempering
3-4 tbsps oil
3/4 tsp methi seeds
1/2 tsp avualu(mustard seeds)
1/2 tsp jeera
1 chopped onion
2 stalks of curry leaves


1. Cut the fish into pieces and wash well and rub with salt and turmeric.
2. In a heavy-bottomed vessel heat oil and add methi seeds, jeera, and mustard seeds.  After these are fried add the chopped onions(which u cut for tempering)  and fry till they turn golden brown.
3. Add onions (if you are taking small onions you can put them as whole, if big then cut into dices), green chillies, and tomatoes and continue frying.
4. Now add salt, turmeric powder and chilli powder and curry leaves and continue frying till it becomes a nice thick paste.
5. Now add tamarind juice, stir for a while and then add the fish pieces...check the consistency and if needed add some water.
6. Let it boil on a high flame for 10 minute...Cover and let it simmer till gravy thickens (approximately takes 20 minutes to 25 minutes) this stage you can add mango pieces to the curry.  Add 1/2 tsp methi powder and mix well..also add 1/2 tbsp of butter and add coriander leaves and remove from fire.  Leave the curry for sometime for the fish to absorb the gravy and serve.

This curry goes to the following event hosted by akila

Event: Dish Name Starts with F


  1. delicious curry lovely addition of methi

  2. very yummy dish dear... really mouthwatering...

  3. Mouthwatering chapala pulusu! Love it!

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  5. How's the Nellore pulusu different from others?

  6. hi, lovely pic; can you please tell me the name of the fish you used?

  7. I read your articles. It is simple but very accurate info… Many thanks for sharing this one.
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