Neythili Meen Aviya l(Anchovies in Spicy Coconut based Gravy)

I know you might be wondering what is Neythili, Neythili is the Tamil(language) name of Anchovies. This is a popular dish in South India, particularly Kerala. This is one of the best dish which I loved from childhood to now. This can be enjoyed with hot steaming plain rice and fish gravy.

Special Instructions: Preparation Time: 10 minutes (excluding cleaning the fish)
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves 4

Neythili or Anchovies- 500 g
Shallots- 6 finely chopped
Raw mango- 2 small sized (sliced)
Garlic- 4 pods
Grated coconut- 5 tbsp
Green chilly- 2
Turmeric powder- 1 tsp
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Cumin powder- 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves- 10 leaves
Oil- 1 tbsp
Salt as required


Remove the head and tail part of the anchovies and clean it well in water. Grind together coconut, turmeric and chilly powder by adding little water. Heat oil in a pan or kadai, add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, garlic pods and green chillies. Then add the chopped shallots and saute it for 2 to 3 minutes until it looks translucent. Now add the ground coconut mixture, sliced raw mango and the fish. Add very little water to this and salt as per taste. Give it a gentle stir, without breaking the fish. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for about 20 minutes. Then open the lid and cook for further few minutes, until the water gets dried out completely. In the middle of cooking give it a gentle stir. Once the water gets dried out completely, take it off from heat and serve it with plain rice.

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