Mathi Thilappichathu / Sardine Curry



Sardines – 500 gm

Oil – 1 tbsp

Ginger – 2 tsp crushed

Garlic – 2 tsp crushed

Green chillies – 5 slit

Onion – 1 chopped

Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

Tomatoes – 2 chopped

Turmeric powder – 1 tsp

Pepper powder – 1 tsp

Fish masala / Curry powder – 1 tsp

Water – 2 1/2 cups

Vinegar – 2 tbsp

Salt – to taste



Heat oil in a ‘manchatti’ or a non-stick pan and add crushed ginger and garlic.  Add green chillies, onions and curry leaves.  Fry till the onions turn light brown.  Add the tomatoes and salt.  Fry till the oil separates.  Add the spice powders and sprinkle some water.  Fry for 2 minutes.  Add water and vinegar, cover with a lid and allow it to boil.  Add the sardines and cook covered on a low flame for 15 minutes.  Yummy ‘Mathi Thilappichathu / Sardine Curry’ is now ready.  Serve hot with steamed rice.  Cheers!

  1. I love mathis curry but H and S runs a mile from it, so never ever made them, going to sis place next week for a month so i am so looking forward for eating all our traditional food.

  2. Thanks for the recipe..!!

  3. My fav fav fav curry! Looking so delicious dear…;)

  4. look so delicious…love your blog so much