Saturday, 5 July 2014

Pickled Sardine

Mathi/Chala Achar/Pickled Sardine


  • Sardine/Mathi-1 kg
  • Garlic-20 cloves (long strips)
  • Ginger-2 big pieces (strips)
  • Green chilly-15 (slits)
  • Curry leaves-4 strings
  • Chilly powder-2 1/2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
  • Asafoetida powder-less than 1/4tsp
  • Fenugreek powder-less than 1/4 tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Mustard seeds-1tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds-1/2tsp
  • Oil- for frying
  • Vinegar-1cup
  • Hot Water-2 to 3 cups
  • Dry red chilly-5 (slits)

For Marination

  • Chilly powder-2 1/2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
  • Salt- to taste

Cooking Method

  • Choose very small sardines ..Small ones best for pickle than big sardines..
  • Cut ,clean and wash them properly using salt and vinegar ..
  • Then make gashes on each sides..
  • Make a paste of chilly powder,turmeric powder and salt ..Marinate the sardines with this masala ..Keep aside for minimum 15 minutes
  • Heat 3 tbsp oil in a heavy bottomed non stick pan
  • Fry ginger pieces,garlic pieces ,green chilly separately,Keep aside
  • Then splutter mustard seeds,fenu greek seeds,dry red chilly and curry leaves one by one
  • Then switch off the gas and add all the powders and saute until the raw smell goes..
  • Then add vinegar ,boiled water ,salt and roasted ginger-garlic and curry leaves ..Mix well ..Keep aside ..
  • Now fry the sardines in batches till they become crisp (dont burn )
  • Add all fried fish into the prepared sauce ,mix well and boil well for 10 minutes in medium flame ..
  • Check the salt and sourness ..So yummy but simple mathi achar is ready ………….

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