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Dry Fish Chutney

Salt fish ground with other ingredients to make this yummy side dish
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people


  • 7-8 pieces Salt fish any small type/dry shark
  • 4 nos Shallots Kunjulli
  • 1 cup Coconut grated
  • 1 tsp Ginger chopped finely
  • 3 nos Green chillies chopped
  • 2 tsp Tamarind juice
  • 5 nos Curry leaves
  • Salt As reqd
  • 3-4 tbsp Oil


  • For preparing dry fish chutney, clean the fish and soak in water for 10 minutes. Then drain the water.
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry the fish until all sides are golden brown. It need not get crispy.
  • Take the fish out of the pan and keep aside.
  • Once the fish is cool, smash it slightly with a fork.
  • Take a mixer grinder, add the fried fish, shallots, grated coconut, ginger, green chillies, tamarind juice, curry leaves and salt.
  • Give about 4-5 turns. By that time, it should have just ground enough (The chutney should not be smooth. It should be coarse).
  • Gather the chutney from the mixer and form a soft ball.
  • Dry fish chutney is ready. Serve fresh as a side dish with rice.
  • Tip: 1)While soaking dry fish, put a few bits of paper in the water. It will absorb the salt content of the fish.
  • Also be very careful while adding salt in chutney as the fish is already very salty.
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