Sardines in Pepper Gravy

This fish curry is my mom’s specialty.. Sardines and pepper make the perfect combo…


  • Sardines – 8
  • Shallots sliced – ¾ cup
  • Kashmiri chillipowder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Pepper powder – 2 tbsp
  • Tomatoes sliced – 2
  • Coconut oil
  • Curry leaves


  1. Grind shallots , chilli powder, turmeric powder and pepper powder to a paste. Add 1 cup water to the paste.
  2. Heat a vessel (or preferably earthen pot) .Add the ground paste along with the tomatoes and curry leaves .
  3. When the gravy starts to  boil, add the fish .
  4. Cover the pan with a lid and cook on  a low flame.
  5. When the fish is half cooked , pour 4 tbsp coconut oil and few more curry leaves to the gravy. Continue to simmer with the lid closed  till the fish is cooked well.
  6. Garnish with curry leaves and serve.

P.S : Sending this as entry to Kerala Kitchen event hosted by Ria


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