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GOK #54: Mathi (Sardine) Puliyum Mulakum curry

GOK #54:  Mathi (Sardine) Puliyum Mulakum curry
Puliyum Mulakum is one of the tastiest Mathi preparation, which uses tamarind and/or coccum with hot red chillies. The most famous combination of this is with Kappa. It also goes amazingly well with rice.  Try this!

Mathi (sardine): 1/2kg
Tomato: 1/4 sliced
Garlic crushed: 2 tsp
Ginger crushed: 1 tsp
Curry leaves: 1 sprig
Oil: 1 tbsp
coccum (kudampuli): 2-3 pieces
Tamarind: 1 gooseberry size
Coconut oil: 2 tsp.
Salt to taste

For masala 
Chilli powder: 2 tbsp
Coriander powder: 3 tsp
Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek powder: 1/4 tsp

Dry roast the masala ingredients and make it as a paste with enough water.

Pour oil in a pan  or earthen pot & add the ginger and garlic.

Fry it till the color becomes brown.

Add the masala paste and fry it for another 3 to 4 minutes or until the oil separate from the masala.

Add 1 cup of water along with sliced tomato, tamarind, Kokum and salt
Bring it for boil; once it boiled well, add the cleaned fish to it.
Wait for another 4 minutes, then reduce the flame to medium and close the lid.

After 8 minutes remove the lid and add the curry leaves and coconut oil.

For better taste, keep the curry overnight. The added taste comes as the masala gets well absorbed in the fish.