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Fish Pulusu Recipe - chintha chiguru chepala pulusu

Fish Pulusu Recipe (Andhra Chepala Pulusu)

Fish pulusu curry with tender tamarind leaves is a real magical treat. Andhra chepala pulusu.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine andhra, Indian, Telangana
Servings 4 people
Calories 327 kcal


  • 8 pieces Fish
  • 3 Onions big-sized
  • 2 Green chillies
  • 1 cup Tamarind leaves crushed tender
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • Few Curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp Coriander leaves Finely chopped


  • Wash the fish pieces thoroughly till they are white, drain water and keep aside.
  • Finely chop onions.
  • Take a thick bottomed wide vessel and add oil and let it heat up.
  • Once the oil is hot enough, add mustard seeds and jeera and let them splutter. Add the onions and fry till transparent.
  • Add turmeric, curry leaves, slit green chillies and sauté for a minute.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and mix well and cook till the raw flavour is gone.
  • Add tomatoes and cook till soft.
  • Add salt and mix thoroughly.
  • Wash the tender tamarind leaves well and pat them dry with a soft towel. Now using your both hands crush them gently and keep aside.
  • Add this crushed tamarind leaves, garam masala and cook for 10 mins till oil oozes out.
  • Add enough water and mix well. Do not add too much water.
  • Now slowly place the fish pieces in the pan. Spread them evenly around the pan.
  • Place the lid on and cook for 10 – 15 mins. Check the consistency and if you think it has become thick, add little water and just move the pan around without using a spatula. The fish pieces might be disturbed if you use a spatula. However, if you are experienced in cooking fish, you can use it.
  • After 15 mins, slowly turn over the fish pieces to the other side and cook for 10 more minutes. Actually, when we add tamarind juice the fish pieces are all dipped in the gravy due to the tamarind juice and water that we add. Here as we are using tender tamarind leaves not much water is present in the curry.
  • Simmer till the fish absorbs the gravy and is cooked properly.
  • Garnish with finely chopped coriander.


* The type of fish doesn’t matter. Any kind of fish that we eat is fine with this recipe.
** Crushing the tender leaves with your palms ensures that it will be cooked properly.
Keyword andhra fish pulusu, andhra special, fish recipes, tamarind recipes