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Chepala Pulusu (Andhra Fish Curry)

 Published 2022-May-25   Updated 2022-May-25

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Andhra Style Fish Gravy)

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Chepala Pulusu or Andhra Fish Curry is one tastiest, spiciest, bright colored seafood preparations. Here fresh fish is cooked in a tangy tamarind gravy. The gravy is also flavoured with a freshly prepared masala powder tat adds up to the taste of the dish. A generous amount of gingelly oil is also used that gives that unique aroma.

Being seafood lovers, we love to try various fish curry recipes. This Andhra style fish curry is a finger lickingly delicious curry that is sure to keep you satisfied.

Recipe For Andhra Fish Curry


  • Fish – ½ kg
  • Small Onions – 20
  • Garlic – 10 cloves
  • Green Chilies – 3
  • Tomatoes – 3 or 4 (pureed)
  • Tamarind – lemon sized (soaked)
  • Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
  • Red Chili Powder – 1 tbsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Gingelly Oil – 4-5 tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Fenugreek Seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin Seeds – ½ tsp
  • Dry Red Chilies – 3
  • Curry Leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Water – as required (About 3-4 cups)

For The Masala Powder

  • Cumin Seeds -  1 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
  • Fenugreek Seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Black Peppercorns – ½ tsp
  • Poppy Seeds -  1 tsp


  1. Heat oil in a frying pan, dry roast the ingredients under ‘Masala Powder’ for about 5 minutes until you get a nice aroma.
  2. Cool it and powder it. Keep this aside.
  3. Heat oil in a clay pot. Fry the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, dry red chilies and curry leaves.
  4. Add small onions, finely chopped garlic and green chilies. Fry for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the tomato puree and extracted tamarind juice. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and some salt. Cook for few minutes.
  6. Add required water and salt and bring to a boil. Cover with a lid, reduce the flame and cook for about 20 minutes.  Once oil starts separating, the gravy is well cooked.
  7. Add the washed fish pieces, cover and cook for another 10 minutes.
  8. Finally add the freshly prepared masala powder to the gravy. Simmer for 3-5 minutes and switch off.

Serving Suggestion

  • This delicious curry goes well with hot white rice.

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