Thursday, July 28, 2016

NeiMeen Karuvadu Thokku / Dry Fish Curry Recipe

Karuvadu Thokku Recipe
I love Karuvadu amma makes, but I am very specific to the variety of dry fish(karuvadu).I have tasted just nethili and neimeen karuvadu and I love both.This time on our trip to Karaikudi amma bought this Neimeen karuvadu as its the best boosting medicine for breast milk.I love karuvadu thokku amma makes, so yesterday amma cleaned the dryfish and handed over to me and I cooked it for the first time..yayyy not bad came out pretty good yes amma said so :)

Amma usually makes this karuvadu thokku with rice and sambar which is the best combination.the leftover thokku pairs up well with neeragaram.

Karuvadu Thokku Recipe

Karuvadu Thokku Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Nei Meen KAruvadu(Dry Fish) - 2 pieces
Small Onion - 1/2 cup sliced
Garlic - 1/8 cup sliced
Tomato - 3 small sized chopped roughly
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - a small sprig
Gingelly Oil - 1 tbsp
Water - 3/4 cup


  1. Peel the skin from small onions,slice them thin, then slice garlic.Heat oil in a kadai - add garlic first saute for 2mins.
    How to make Karuvadu Thokku Recipe - Step1
  2. Then add small onion,saute till it turns transparent, then add tomatoes saute till mushy and raw smell leaves.
    How to make Karuvadu Thokku Recipe - Step2
  3. Add curry leaves and keep cooking until the entire mixture becomes mushy.Meanwhile rinse dryfish well and keep it soaked in warm water for 10mins.Drain the water.
    Hot to make Karuvadu Thokku Recipe - Step3
  4. Add dry fish along with red chilli powder,saute for 2mins then add water till immersing level.
    Hot to make Karuvadu Thokku Recipe- Step4
  5. Cook covered for 5mins.Press the dryfish with a laddle to check if its cooked.If its soft then its cooked.
    Hot to make Karuvadu Thokku Recipe - Step6
  6. Amma suggested to remove the bone and discard at this stage so did as per her instruction though this step is optional.Keep cooking in medium flame.
    Hot to make Karuvadu Thokku Recipe - Step7
  7. Cook until all the moisture is absorbed fully and the mixture becomes like a thokku.
    Hot to make Karuvadu Thokku Recipe - Step7
Serve with phulka or pulao.

My Notes:

  • The consistency is purely your choice, you can make it gravy kind too.
  • I used country tomatoes which is juicy.
  • Adding small onions gives great flavour, so I recommend adding small onions.
  • Rinse the dry fish well so remove the extra salt.
  • No need to add salt as dry fish itself has more salt in it.
  • Dry fish is the best lactating medicine.
Karuvadu Thokku Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J


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