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I had an amazing week last week – Went to the Atlantis food safari, which I will blog about or rather brag about in my follwoing posts. This had to come first as this is my Mum’s special recipe and Sardine is my favourite fish. And as I do for most of my other recipe, it has my own twist to it- I did not use he kukum star(kudampuli) tamarind, As Mr Z is not a great fan of it! So this is a safe recipe for my Non mallu friends as well
The RECIPE- Meen peeravattichathu (Sardines with coconut)
Fish(Small sardines) – use whole if they are small or cut larger ones to two(i used 5 large ones)
Tamarind paste – 1 ounce Onion –1medium sized one Ginger – 1” piece
Garlic pods – 4 nos
Green chillies – 6 nos or as reqd
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Curry leaves – a strand Grated coconut – 1/2 cup or as reqd
Salt – As reqd
Pound all ingredients except the fish together, pounding releases the spice within and gives a very rustic taste, It has to form a corase mixture, not a fine paste- this would take 5-10 minutes maximum.Mix this with the fish and move to an earthen pot. add a little water and cook with lid on in slow flame. This dish does not require Oil, as the sardines have natural oil within them. This imparts a lovely flabour to the entire mix, The fish takes only 10-15 minutes to cook, see that it forms a dry mixture, and no water remains.Enjoy with steamed rice!