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Dry-fish Brinjal Kuzhambu

Dry fish cooked with brinjals in tamarind pulp and spices

Recipe by christy gerald of Dubai, AE

This one is popular in Tamil Nadu,it goes very well with old rice soaked in water.This mouth watering Kuzhambu is one of my Hubby's should not add coconut milk or paste and should add more tamarind pulp and less salt.

Ingredients non vegetarian 4 servings

    • 10 pieces of any good dryfish (anchovy or sardines etc)
    • 2 Brinjals (cut into pieces)
    • 2 tsp Chilli Powder
    • 2 tsp Dhania Powder
    • 1 tsp jeera powder
    • 1 tsp Freshly ground Pepper Powder
    • 2 tsp crushed garlic cloves
    • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 3 cups water
    • 1 tbsp oil
     For tempering:
    • 1 tsp mustard seeds
    • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper powder
    • 1 finely chopped onion
    • 1 finely chopped tomato
    • finely chopped coriander leaves
    • finely chopped curry leaves
    • 3 whole red chillies


    1. Heat oil in a  Pan and fry mustard seeds, crushed garlic cloves,brinjal pieces, chopped onions, red chillies,chopped tomato and chopped  curry leaves one by one.
    2. Put chilli powder,freshly ground pepper powder, dhania powder, jeera powder, turmeric powder,  needed salt, one in order and saute well.
    3. When oil separates from the masala, add tamarind pulp and allow it to boil till tamarind is done well.
    4. Put dry-fish Pieces next and mix them well in the masala and pour 3 cups of water and close the lid of the pan. Cook it for 3 to 4 minutes only .
    5. Then garnish with chopped coriander leaves. that's all.
    6. Serve hot with rice .


    christy gerald

    christy gerald

    Thank u so much Lalitha!.U can try this Dry-fish Kuzhambu with long beans(mochai kottai-soaked overnight) instead of brinjal pieces in step 1.Check for the doneness of the beans before adding dry-fishes in step 4.


    Thanks a lot for reminding the dish....its really mouth watering



    wow!! karuvattu kozhambu manakkudhu....hi christy,that's a favorite of most people if they know what it tastes like.....