Netholi masala is another finger licking seafood recipe. This is easy to make and tasty. If mangoes are not in season, you can try this tasty dish and relish your taste buds. This dish is equally good as the anchovy dishes prepared using mango. With rice and rasam it becomes a  perfect combination. Try this simple tasty dish.


Netholi/ Anchovies- 250 grams
Onion, chopped- 1 1/2
Green chillies-2
Ginger, chopped- 1 teaspoon
Garlic, chopped- 1 teaspoon
Tomato, chopped-1 medium sized
Turmeric powder- 1/4 teaspoon
Chilli powder- 1 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder- 1 teaspoon
Garam masala powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Coconut- 1/4 cup
Jeera- 1/4 teaspoon


  • Heat oil in a pan and add onions with green chilli and saute till soft. Now add the ginger, garlic and saute till the raw smell leaves.
  • Add masala powders turmeric, chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala;  mix well 
  • Add the cleaned anchovies, salt and cook till the colour starts to change white. Add the chopped tomatoes and mix well. 
  • When the tomatoes becomes soft coarsely grind the coconut with jeera and add the coconut mixture and mix well. Cook till the water evaporates and becomes dry masala.
  • Note: Adding coconut in this masala is optional. But it gives nice taste to this dish.

  You might also like Nethli Peera Vattichathu/ Netholi Thoran.