Thursday, March 2, 2017

Nethili Karuvadu Thokku | Dry Anchovies Thokku | Non-Veg Recipe

Nethili Karuvadu Thokku, a delicious semi dry curry made from the dried anchovies. Out of all the dried fishes that are  available here, Nethili karuvadu is the only dry fish that i know and the flavors are also similar to the dried fishes available back home in India.  

Therefore I have been making curry and thokku with dried anchovies often at home. I know that many people who are adherent fan of meat based recipes too don't like karuvadu/dry fish,because of its strong smell. But in contrast, I love the flavor of karuvadu even though I haven't eaten much dry fish as it is, I like the kuzhambu or thokku made with dry fish.

I think that my love for dry fish is inherent from  my aachi(paternal grandma)who loves karuvadu like anything and made at least once in a week and she always had various types of dry fishes in her pantry.

Related : How to make Thedu  Karuvadu Kulambu 

Coming to today's recipe, this is one of the easiest recipes that you can prepare under 30 mins and even it doesn't need any grinding work.The flavor from the karuvadu is just enough to make this thokku as delicious. 

Nethili Karuvadu Thokku

Preparation Time : 30 mins | Cooking Time : 25 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Thokku | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Nethili Karuvadu Thokku, Dry Anchovies masala Nethili Karuvadu Thokku, a delicious semi dry curry made from the dried anchovies.
Dry Anchovies/Nethili Karuvadu - 30 to 35
Tamarind - gooseberry size
Onion(medium) -1
Tomato(small) - 1
Garlic - 3 pods
Curry leaves - few
Red chili powder - 3/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Sesame oil - 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves - few

First soak the tamarind in water for 30 mins. In the meantime, take the karuvadu and soak it in warm water for 15 mins, then remove the head with your finger and wash it in water for at least thrice and keep aside until use. Chop the onions, tomato into small pieces,garlic into thin slices.
Heat a kadai with oil, add the onions, garlic & curry leaves and saute till the onions becomes translucent.
Then add the tomatoes and saute till it turns mushy, then extract the tamarind juice from the soaked tamarind and add into it.
Now add all the spices(turmeric,red chili and coriander powder ) and salt.Mix it well and cook till the raw smell leaves and then add the nethili karuvadu and stir gently.
Cover the kadai with lid  and cook the karuvadu,once the karuvadu is well cooked and the oil floats on top, swich off the flame and finally add the roughly chopped coriander leaves and gently mix.
That's it, Tasty & finger licking Nethili Karuvadu Thokku is ready to serve.We had it with rice and rasam. 

  • Soak the karuvadu in warm water helps to clean them easily.
  • As karuvadu itself has a  lot of salt, always under do salt.Once the karuvadu is cooked well, check the seasoning and if needed add salt.
  •  It may take around 10 mins to cook the karuvadu, so cook the masala well before adding karuvadu.
  • Once the karuvadu is cooked, it becomes soft.
  • This thokku tastes better with pearl onions.


  1. May I know where do you get these

    1. You can get it in any Indian or Asian Store if you live in outside of India.