Friday, July 28, 2006

Chepa Pulusu

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Andhra food is one of the best among the Indian regional varieties& Andhra Pulusu,curries made in a spiced tangy gravy is something that anybody will fall in love once tasted....My monday afternoons, while working in Andhra, was often a sumptuous feast with most of my friends bringing something special for me....sympathy and love for the 'underfed' hostellite!!There would invariably be at least 2 people bringing cheppa pulusu/chepala pulusu as they call it,a spicy tangy fish curry...lip smacking.Most of the telugu people have fish or chicken or mutton on is almost like a tradition....a pure vegetarian food on saturday(Lord Venketeswara 's day) followed by a nonveg feast on sunday,and a feast for me on Monday!!Chepa pulusu is something that becomes tastier the next day and you are guaranteed to lick the vessel clean the next day!!Chepa pulusu has thus become one of my most frequently made fish curry at home, a recipe that has been passed on to me by all those sweet telugu friends...So Three cheers to Andhra food and here is my recipe:


Fish- 500g(I have used seer fish.Generally cat fish is preferred)-cut inot pieces
Turmeric powder- 1/4 spoon
Coriander powder-2 tsp
Red chili powder-1 1/2tsp(u may reduce if u want it less hot)
Fenugreek powder- 1/4 tbsp
Garam Masala-1 tsp(cloves+cinnamon+cardamom+fennel+aniseed-powder)
Tamarind pulp-1 cup(=1tsp tamarind concentrate paste)
Onion-1large-chopped thin
Tomato- 1
Green chilli-4(slitted)
Mustard seeds-1tsp(optional)
Cuminseed- 1 tsp (optional)
curry leaves-1sprig
Oil -as required
Copra/Dessicated coconut/Fresh coconut-1tbsp
Coriander leaves-1 bunch-chopped
Salt-as required


Wash the fish pieces with salt and turmeric.Marinate it with a pinch of turmeric, chilli powder,and salt.

Heat oil in a large mouthed vessel.Add mustard,cumin and curry leaves.Once they have spluttered.Add onions and green chillies.Add tomato.Saute them for a 3 minutes till it becomes trasnsluscent.Add all the spice powders.Saute for a couple of minutes.Add the tamarind pulp or paste.(Add water if required).When the pulp cooks to a medium thick consistency add fish pieces and grated coconut.Add salt as required.Cook till the fish pieces become soft and well cooked on medium flame.Add a pinch of jaggery for a wonderful twist to the taste(optional).

Finally garnish with coriander leaves and enjoy with rice/roti/parathas.You may add raw mango pieces during the mango season,but reduce the tamarind accordingly.


Sumitha said...

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shilpa said...

Another fish curry?? wow... I love your blog :D. I knew only Konkani fish curries, but now I know a whole set of fish curries. Thanks for sharing.

Sumitha said...

"Lords feast on saturday,non veg feast on Sunday and my feast on Monday" I loved that line Shynee:)

Puspha said...

Fish curry is my weakness. Now I can´t control my drool. *slurp*

Annita said... looks mouthlicking good Shynee..can't wait to try it out...

KrishnaArjuna said...

Chepala pulusu looks delicious!

RP said...

Awww..that makes me hungry!

indosungod said...

what a delicious mouth watering curry, fish curry defintely tastes better and better as it ages, we even have a popular Tamil film song -- "Nethu vacha meen kuzhambu.....", translation Fish Curry cooked yesterday is tugging at my heart strings or maybe they meant taste buds not sure..

mathew said...

Hey..would like to ask permission to use some of your foodie snaps for a blog entry of mine..i couldnt get better snaps than this.. ;)

indianadoc said...

>Sumi,thanx for suggesting meeta's blog wk end laziness...I cdnt make it..Yes sumi, truly Mondays used to be really richer feast for me those days!!;)
>Thanx shilpa...yes probably we coastal people can never get tired of eating fish...I did have quite a lot of konkani friends,but most of them were did not get much chance to try konkani sea food preparation....looks very much related to the kerala style...hopefully i can try something from u'r blog...
>Pushpa,fish is my weakness too...this one you would definitely like...andhra fish curry is indeed drool worthy!!
>I know Annita you would do it still better....
>k.a..naaku chepala pulusu matram untey chalu....!!
>RP...shall I serve some?!! ;)
>Inodosun, Nijama nethu vecha meen curry yeppovume super...chumma elutha mattar namba poets!!
>Mathew, thanx for dropping in for the first time...I dont mind u using my food snaps,but I would be happy if you could please acknowledge the source wherever it is used or else people might mistake me to have copied it!! ;)

mathew said...

thanx a lot for permitting me to use ur snaps..1!! ;)

v_tel001 said...

బాగుంది !

indianadoc said...

thanx andi...naaku telugu script kottadam thenglishlo reply chesthunnanandi!!

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