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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Chapala pulusu (fish in tamarind gravy)

Cooking chapala pulusu is art.One will get mastered to that art by cooking it frequently.I can't match my mom's chapala pulusu.The first time i made when i was newly married,it was a big disaster.But i didnt get discouraged,i kept on trying it and now after 7 years i can say i can cook good chapala pulusu but not like my mom's.My mom's sister is no more,but i still remember her chapala pulusu taste,even my mom can't match hers.


Fish 1 (big)
Onions 2
Green chillies 3
Tomatoes 2
Tamarind 1 (lemon size)
Rai 1/4tsp
Menthi 1/4tbsp
Zeera 1/2 tbsp
Ginger garlic paste 11/2 tbsp
Red chilly powder 1 tbsp
Fresh coconut grated 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Vinegar 2 tbsp
Curry leaves few
Coriander leaves few
Oil 3-4 tbsp
Salt as per taste


Rai few
Zeera few
Curry leaves


  1. Dry roast rai,menthi and zeera. (I usually do if before and store it)

  2. Marinate fish pieces with salt,vinegar and ginger garlic paste for 1 hour.

  3. Make fine paste of coconut, one onion ,roasted rai,menthi and zeera.

  4. Heat oil add the seasoning.When they splutter add onions and green chillies.Saute till onions are pink in colour.

  5. Then add coconut paste,fry till the raw smell goes and oil comes out.

  6. Add fish pieces.Saute very gently so that the pieces doesnt break.

  7. Cover and cook for 3-4min.

  8. Add tamarind pulp,turmeric powder and red chilly powder.Add little water

  9. Once the fish is half done add tomatoes (big pieces).

  10. Don't stir much as the peices will break

  11. Cook till the gravy thickens.

I always prefer fresh water fish.I usually make this curry with rohu fish.But m-law will make this with any fish.This curry is best eaten the next day.When i make this curry my hubby dear keeps it for next day to eat with dosa.


  1. chapala pulusu is looking delicious varunavi.......If we make this with any river fish it tastes heavenly.....

  2. Hi varunavi panasakaya Lulu super market lo dorikindi yinka chinna veg shop s vuntayi kada akkada kuda vuntundi meru sharjah na yippude choosanu and chapala pulusu perfect

  3. Tangy gravy looks really superb:)

  4. Delicious Pulusu. I love the Andhra style.

  5. @srilekha thanx
    @Pooja yes i love fresh water fish and thx
    @Rekha nanu chudaladu,will try in KMT and thx
    @Priya thanx
    @Cilantro thanx and welcome

  6. I learnt to make this from my mother-in-law. Still in the practice section only dear. Your looks scrummy. Simply delish.

  7. Looks yummy...adding tomato is new to me...

  8. @kitchen flavours thanx.U r from andhra?
    @Daily meals thanx.

  9. Looks just yum....My nephew will love this :)

  10. I just love love love chapulu pulusu..looks so good!

  11. Fish has been my all time favourite food. Nice recipe Varunavi! Looks yum! :)

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  13. @Priya thanx,will try to upload picture

  14. Chaala Baaga raasaru. We tried today... chaalaa baagundi.
    Thanks :-)


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