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Easy Fish Pulusu

Fish Pulusu

Fish pulusu is a spicy, tangy super tasty traditional Andhra recipe where fish pieces are cooked with onions, tomato and tamarind juice.
Course Main Course
Cuisine South Indian
Keyword Fish Pulusu , Spicy Fish curry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 500 gms Fish pieces (bone or boneless)
  • 2 large Onions (Finely chopped)
  • 1 large Tomato (finely chopped or puree)
  • 1 cup Tamarind Juice
  • 1 or 2 Green chilies (sliced)
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp Coriander Leaves
  • 1 tbsp Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • Salt as per your taste

For Tempering

  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
  • 2 Red chilies
  • 3-4 tbsp Oil


Cleaning the fish

  • Here I am using skinless boneless fish. Wash off the fish with water and keep aside. if you are using fish with bone and skin, check out for any scales and remove them also remove any fins are attached to pieces or near the head of the fish. Wash off with water. Add rock salt to it and nicely coat the fish pieces then again wash off with water.

How to make tamarind juice

  • Take a big lime size tamarind and soak it in hot water for 10mins.
  • When the tamarind is soft, nicely squeeze the tamarind and extract the pulp.

How to make Fish Pulusu

  • Add oil to a heavy bottomed wide pan. When heated, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds when splutters, add fenugreek seeds and red chilies.
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  • Now add the finely chopped onions and sauté a minute.
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  • Add ginger garlic paste and green chilies and cook until the raw smell goes off.
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  • Cook until onions are translucent.
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  • Now add finely chopped tomatoes or puree. Here I am using finely chopped tomatoes.
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  • Cover and took until the tomatoes are mushy.
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  • Add turmeric, red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt.
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  • Mix well and cook for a minute or two.
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  • Its the time to add our most important ingredient for pulusu is tamarind juice. Mix well.
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  • Cover and cook on a medium low flame until the oil oozes out.
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  • Add the fish pieces one by one and arrange them so that they are nicely dipped in the pulusu.
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  • Carefully mix the pulusu and cook them for 3-4 mins. Do not over mix as the fish pieces will breakoff.
  • Sprinkle the chopped coriander leaves and switch off the flame.
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  • Serve hot with white rice.
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