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Karuvattu Kulambu (Dry Fish Curry)

 Published 2011-Mar-30   Updated 2017-Oct-23

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Karuvadu Kuzhambu, Karuvattu Kuzhambu, Dried Fish Curry, Karuvaatu Kulambu)

Karuvaatu kulambu or dry fish curry is a tangy and spicy South Indian fish curry recipe in which the dried fish is cooked along with some vegetable like brinjal, drumstick, raw mango, etc.. in a tangy coconut tamarind sauce. Today I am going to prepare nethili karuvadu kuzhambu.

Recipe For Dry Fish Curry


  • Dried Fish - 1/2 lb (about 250 grams)
  • Shallot Onion - 5/ Onion - 1/2 (chopped)
  • Tomato - 1 (chopped)
  • Green Chillies - 2
  • Brinjals (Eggplant) - 3
  • Drumstick - 1
  • Raw Mango - 1/2
  • Coriander Powder - 2 tsp
  • Red Chilly Powder - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Grated Coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Tamarind Pulp - 1/4 cup
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek Seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - 2 springs


  1. Soak the dried fish in some water for about 10 minutes.
  2. Drain the water and wash it thoroughly to remove any grits.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and splutter the mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves.
  4. Add the onions and green chillies and fry it golden brown.
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes become mushy.
  6. Add the salt, turmeric powder, chilly powder and coriander powder. Also add the chopped vegetables.
  7. Add the tamarind pulp and required water. Bring it to a boil.
  8. Cover and let it cook till the vegetables are almost cooked.
  9. Make a smooth paste of the coconut and add it to the gravy.
  10. Finally add the dried fish. Cover again and cook till the oil separates from the gravy.
  11. Switch off and let the gravy rest for at least 1 hour before serving.

Serving Suggestion

  • Dry fish curry or karuvaatu kulambu is best when served with plain rice

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Comments (4)

Person   ()
Hai dols! I prepared the karuvattu kulambu. It was very nice.
Person   ()
Thank you Heltin.
Person   ()
Great recipe Dahlia. I was looking for a good recipe like this one. It came out very well.
Person   ()
Thanks Viveka.

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