Sardines/mathi-10 small (opt)
Ginger-1 big piece
Curry leaves-4 strings
Chilli Powder(Mulaku podi)-3 1/2tbsp
Turmeric powder(Manjal Podi)-1tsp
Vinegar-little more than 1 cup
Sesame Oil- 4tbsp
Whole Dry Red Chilli-3(slits)
Oil – for frying
Clean and wash the fish pieces ..
Cut king fish(flesh only) and sardine into small pieces..
Wash again and drain them ..
Then marinate them with chilli powder,turmeric powder,vinegar and salt ..
Keep it for minimum 1 hour
Then shallow fry the fish pieces in 5-6 batches till the pieces becomes crisp ..
Keep aside ..
Heat sesame oil in a pan,splutter mustard seeds,dry red chilli and fenugreek seeds one by one
Then saute ginger ,garlic ,green chilli and curry leaves ..
When it become light golden colour take off the pan from the heat and add chilli powder,turmeric powder,asafoetida powder and fenugreek powder ..
Then saute for few seconds in a very low flame until the raw smell of the powders go..
Then to this add salt ,vinegar and water ..
Boil well..To this add fried fish pieces and cook for 10 minutes in medium flame …
Check the gravy ..if u find some taste is missing adjust according to ur taste (Salt,vinegar ,chilli )
The spice is purely depending up on each person ..So choose ur spice level individually .. I love spicy food but my friends are not able to afford my food coz of that 😉 So don`t blame in that matter k 🙂
So use the pickle after 2 weeks .. Keep in an airtight container …
In the very first day if u feel the sourness and spice is more ,don`t worry it will subside after few weeks .. By that time the fish pieces will absorb all the flavours will be very soft ..
When I made fish pickle for the very first time ,me only used king fish ,as I don`t eat fish no idea about its taste 🙂
So when I gave sample to my hus he said everything is there but except the fish flavour (as king fish is not having that much fish flavour )..That moment I decided to add some sardines along with this neymeen for the additional flavour and it worked well .. Thats y I said sardines are the optional ingredient.. Its not a must ..
So make it ,taste it, enjoy it and don`t forget to leave ur valuable comments and suggestions 😉
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Very nice recipe and very new for me. Let me see if i can get some fishy fish to try this.. The biggest surprise for me , that you dont eat fish and you dont know how it tasted Ha ha , but the man is happy..that is it! ha ha. I will try this recipe .
Have a nice weekend
😋😋😋 will try sooon… 🙂
🙂 tell me how it turned out for u
By adding water, it will not damage the fish while keeping long time.
we r adding just water .. boil cheythu thanuppicha vellam aa ..it won’t affect the fish pickle .. i am making it from ages ..
Very yummy recipe I dont understand what is Sardines does it give flavour of fish
Veena, thanks for this recipe. i tried your fish pickle and used tuna fish. it’s awesome. my husband liked it so much. In fact, we started using it after a day, as you’ve mentioned it is high on the sour side. But delicious!
Thank you for this venture of yours. May this blog turn out to be a hit for many more to come..