Dry Fish Curry(Karuvadu Kulambu)  

Recipe for preparing Dry fish Curry(Karuvadu Kulambu).


  • Nethili Karuvadu / Any dry fish – 15 nos
  • Brinjal – 1
  • Drumstick – 1
  • Small Onion – 6
  • Garlic – 4 pods
  • Tomato – 1
  • Green chilly – 2
  • Mochai Kottai / val beans – 1/4 cup
  • Red chilly Powder – 3/4tblspn
  • Coriander Powder – 1tblspn
  • Fenugreek Seeds – 1/2tspn
  • Salt – 1/2tspn
  • Oil – 1tblspn


  1. If you are using the fresh  val beans then just start from the method. otherwise go for presoaking.
  2. Dry roast the mochai kottai, till u see dark spots on the outer layer and a nice aroma.Then rinse it with water twice. Add water till it gets well immersed. Soak overnight or an hour.Pressure cook for 3 whistles.
  3. Cut small onion into 2 pieces. Cut brinjal into 4 pieces. cut drumstick into 2 inch size pieces. Cut tomato into 4 pieces.
  4. Heat little oil in a pan. Add val beans, fry it for 2 minutes then keep it aside.
  5. Soak tamarind in 3 cups of water and squeeze out the juice from that.
  6. Add chilly powder, coriander powder and salt with the tamarind juice. Also add slitted green chillies, cut tomato, and roasted val beans with this.
  7. Heat oil in a pan. Seasoning it with fenugreek seeds and onion, garlic and fry it for a minute.
  8. Add tamarind juice with this. And also add cut brinjal and drumstick with this.
  9. Allow the gravy to boil for 10 minutes. Once it starts boiling, add dry fish with the gravy and mix well.
  10. Once dry fish got cooked well and it leaves nice aroma, then switch off the flame.


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