Tuesday 22 September 2020

Nethili Meen Kurma Recipe/Anchovies Kurma Recipe/Nethili Meen Thithippu/Nethili Meen Curry with Coconut with step by step photos & Video/ நெத்திலி மீன் குர்மா/ நெத்திலி மீன் தித்திப்பு

Today, I am going to share a very tasty and delicious Nethili Meen Kurma. You must be wondering with the name Nethili Meen Thithippu, though it is named thithippu-meaning sweet, the kurma is a spicy one. It is just a common name given down South in TamilNadu. This Nethili Meen Kurma is my mom’s recipe which I have been thinking of sharing for a pretty long time. Do try out this Nethili Meen Thithippu and post your comments here. Meanwhile do check out interesting Nethili Meen Varuval here and other Fish Recipes, Chicken Recipes, Mutton Recipes here.

Here’s how to make Nethili Meen Kurma with step by step photos and video…


Nethili Meen/Anchovies

½ kg


2 onions

Green Chillies

2 slit and cut

Ginger Garlic Paste

1 tbsp


3 big finely chopped

Red Chilli Powder

1.5 tsp

Coriander Powder

3 tsp

Turmeric Powder

½ tsp


As needed


3 tbsp

Lemon Juice

From ½ lemon

Curry Leaves



1-2 tbsp finely chopped

 For Grinding

Coconut Pieces


Green Chillies

2 slit and cut

 For Tempering


1 tbsp

Cinnamon Sticks






Fennel Seeds/Sombu

1 tsp

Preparation Time: 10-12 minutes                Recipe Category: Lunch

Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes                      Recipe Cuisine: TamilNadu, India

Author: Priya Anandakumar

Meanwhile do check out interesting Nethili Meen Varuval here and other Fish Recipes, Chicken Recipes, Mutton Recipes here.

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Prawn Pepper Fry/Eral Pepper Fry

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Prawn Pakora/Eral Pakoda

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Prawn Biryani/Eral Biryani

Prawn Vaada/Eral Vaada Recipe/Nagore Special Eral Vaada

Tiger Tandoori Prawn/Tandoori Prawn Recipe

Other Fish Gravies & Fries that might be of your interest...

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Sankara Meen Kuzhambu/Red Snapper Fish Gravy

Kola Meen Kuzhambu

Fish Moilee/Meen Moilee [Kerala Style]

Nethili Meen Kurma

Fish Fry-South Indian Style -Vavval/Pomfret Fry

Kola Meen Varuval with Coconut Milk

Milagu Meen Varuval/Vanjaram Meen Milagu Varuval

Here's a short video on how to make Nethili Meen Kurma 


Clean the Nethili Meen/Anchovies thoroughly, remove the head and tail. Keep rest of the ingredients ready.

Wash the Nethili meen/Anchovies thoroughly with water several times, drain the water and keep it ready. Add about ¼ tsp of turmeric powder, ¼ tsp of red chilli powder, little salt rub all over the anchovies/nethili meen and keep it aside.

Add the onions and green chillies to the mixer and grind it to coarse paste transfer it to a bowl. Keep it aside.

Next add the coconut pieces and green chillies to the mixer and grind it to fine paste with needed water.

Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a kadai/pan, add cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom, fennel seeds and fry until nice aroma fills the room.

Add the curry leaves and fry until they turn crispy.

Now add the ground onion & green chilli paste and saute well until it changes color and the raw smell vanishes.

At this stage add the ginger & garlic paste and saute really well until the raw smell vanishes.

Add the tomatoes and saute really well until they turn mushy.

Now add 1.5 tsp of red chilli powder, 3 tsp of coriander powder, ¼ tsp of turmeric powder, salt and mix everything really well for about 30-40 seconds.

At this stage add the yogurt/curd/thayir and mix really well until thoroughly combined.

Add about 2 ½ cups of water to the masala and mix really well.

Now let it boil really well [approximately 5-7 minutes], until all the raw smell of the masala vanishes and it will start to turn thick.

Add the ground coconut paste to the kurma, wash the mixer with ½ cup of water and add that water also. Let it come to a boil, Give a good stir.

When it starts to boil, add the washed anchovies/nethili meen , 1 tbsp of chopped cilantro to the gravy.

Cook only for 2-3 minutes and switch off the stove. Anchovies/Nethili meen cooks really fast if kept for very long time, they will just dissolve in the kurma/gravy. Finally squeeze ½ lemon juice and give a gentle stir.

Delicious, succulent and tempting Nethili Meen Kurma/Nethili Meen Thithippu is ready to be enjoyed. Serve it hot with steam cooked white rice and simple egg fry.

Thank you all for visiting my space, please come back again for more tempting and delicious recipes from my kitchen.Meanwhile do check out interesting Nethili Meen Varuval here and other Fish Recipes, Chicken Recipes, Mutton Recipes here.

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Have a great day and enjoy.

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