Friday, May 20, 2011

nungel meen chutney - dry fish chutney

          Ok I have to confess that this was not one of my favorite dish many years back, I think anyone who likes dry fish chutney has a very acquired taste,just like caviar or sushi.You can either love or just plain hate it.
            I know people who just get nauseous coz of the smell.though most of them think that nungel meen chutney stinks,my mom has her own opinion,she just loves the 'AROMA' of dry fish. I am fine with it now,but iam sure anyone who is not from the coastal area will just run out of the house once you start frying dry fish.You can try it next time when you have some uninvited guest whom you want to get rid of.
            This recipe was requested by one of my viewer Vijay Shetty from Hyderabad.
Nungel meen chutney ,according to mother tastes  best when served with hot ganji and when its raining outside :)
  • 2 piece dry fish (thate)
  • 10 roasted red chillies (long and small mix)
  • 2tsp roasted coriander seeds
  • 1/4 tsp roasted cumin seeds
  • 20 roasted peppercorns
  • 15 roasted fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric pwd
  • 1/2 onion roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic(with skin)
  • 2 green chillies
  • marble sized tamarind
  • 1 cup freshly grated coconut
  • 2 tbsp oil
1. Soak dry fish in hot water for 1 hour to remove the salt and make the fish soft.
2.Put coriander seeds,cumin seeds,pepper corn,fenugreek seeds,turmeric,garlic,green chillies,red chiilies,tamarind and onion into a mixer jar and grind.

 3.To the above ground masala add coconut and grind for not more than 7 seconds.
 4. Keep this masala aside.
 5. After 1 hour remove the fish from the water, cut to big chunks and remove the bones.
6. Place a pan on medium flame add oil,when oil is hot add the dry fish and fry for 10 mins or until fish feels light.usually the fish will disintegrate itself,if it does not ,grind in the mixer for few seconds and not more coz the chutney should have few fish chunks in it.
7. After frying the fish add the coconut masala to the fish and fry for few seconds, check the salt(I have'nt added salt because dry fish will be salty).
8. serve with hot ganji


  1. Hey Charishma,
    Thank you so much for going through all the trouble of researching this and helping us City Types find these almost lost recipes...

  2. And by the way... Taatey is the only dried fish I could eat (I tolerate the stink ;o)... The other varieties make me wanna throw up too...

  3. Oh God it looks so yumm!!!! Thanx for Best Mangalore Recipe...when i was in Kudla i dint know to cook but now my mom socked to see me cooking. ...hats up to u explaining recipe step by step .....

  4. Excellent recipe! Thank you! I made this with salted/dried Cod from a Chinese store as I could not find dried Thato and it turned out delicious.

  5. I think thate fish translates to shark fish


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