Sunday, September 13, 2009

Nellore chepala pulusu(Fish curry in Tamarind Sauce)

Nellore is famous for this fish curry,I learnt this recipe from my mother.I exactly copied her recipe. I added mustard and fenugreek seeds powder to bring extra flavour. It tastes good for the next day.

Fish - 2 lbs( i prefer Tilapia)
Onion -1(sliced)
Tomato -1 (sliced)
Tamarind -lemon size ball( soak the tamarind in water for 30 minuted before starting preparing curry)
Gingergarlicpaste -1 tsp
Turmeric Powder -1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder -2 tea spoons( if u eat more spicy u can add more)
Salt -As required
Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds -1/2 tsp

Popu ingredients:

Mustard seeds -1/2 tea spoon
Fenugreekseeds -1/4 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 5
Red chilli -2


1Marinate fish pieces with salt,turmeric powder,red chilli powder and gg paste for 15 to 20 minutes.
2.In the meanwhile,heat oil in a pan and then add mustard seeds, fenu greek seeds,red chilli,andcurry leaves to it.
3.When mustard seeds start spluttering,add sliced onions and saute them untill they become soft.
4.Add tomato pieces and saute them untill oil comes out of that.squeeze the tamarind juice from the pulp and add it to the fried mixture with 2 cups of water.
5.Boil it for 5 minutes and then add marinated fish pieces to the curry.Cook on medium flame for 20 minutes.Now add mustard & fenugreek seed powder(roasted and powdered) to the curry.Adjust the salt and red chilli powder at this time. Simmer it for 5 minutes untill oil floats on the curry.

   Now yummy chepala pulusu is ready.Serve hot with steamed rice.Enjoy this recipe with ur family members.Iam sure that u'll definitely get nice compliments.please post ur comments on this recipe


  1. Hello Uma, I tried your recipe and it tasted very good.
    But one thing is in Nellore Cheppala Pulusu ginger garlic paste will not be used as far as I know. That is the specialty of this recipe..

    I have not added ginger garlic paste. Expect that I followed your complete recipe.

    Thanks for posting this item.

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