Karuvadu thokku

Karuvadu thokku one of my favorite dish all time. Everyone in my family loves eating this thokku with hot rice. This is such an amazing recipe to have with hot rice sizzled with sesame oil. Or it suits good with rasam. It’s an excellent combination to have karuvadu fry or karuvadu thokku with rasam.

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High in protein-

Gram for gram, a serving of small dry fish provides more protein than a piece of chicken or other meat of the same weight.

Provide Doses of B-vitamins

Feeling a little tired? You could be lacking some B-vitamins. Add a regular serving of small dry fish which provide generous does of B-vitamins, especially niacin, folate and Cobalamin. These particular B-vitamins are essential in cell and blood formation and help in the production of energy.

Terrific source of calcium and phosphorus – 2 nutrients that are essential for nerve and heart functions as well as the development of strong bones and teeth. Since some Africans are unable to tolerate milk and dairy products, the most common source of calcium, small dry fish can be a good alternative source of this vital nutrient.

Contain Vitamin D

Due to melanin, a pigment found in dark skin, people of African descent are unable to absorb much vitamin D from the sun. Small dry fish are rich in Vitamin D which helps the body absorb dietary calcium and phosphorus

Great source of Iron and Zinc

A 50g serving of small dry fish provides approximately 38% and 25% mg of the zinc and iron daily recommended amounts. Both of these play an essential role in building the immune system but iron is also responsible for carrying oxygen in the blood. Zinc helps increase appetite and promotes growth, especially that of children. It is for this reason that some cultures pound and sprinkle small dry fish over a baby’s porridge.

Rev Up the Nutrition

1) Eat the whole fish to make sure that you get the maximum nutrients possible

2) Enhance iron absorption by adding a hearty serving of vitamin C from a veggies and a drizzling the fish with a little lemon or lime juice

3) If fish are dried with salt, reduce sodium intakes by soaking the fish for a few minutes and discarding the water before cooking

4) If using fresh fish , help your body absorb the vitamin A they provide by cooking with in a little oil

Source : the Africa channel

Karuvadu thokku

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 5 People


  • 15-20 Pieces Dry fish Karuvadu
  • 200 Gms Shallots / சிறிய வெங்காயம்
  • 3 Tomatoes / தக்காளி
  • 1 Tsp Mustard seeds / கடுகு
  • 1 Tsp Cumin seeds / சீரகம்
  • Few Curry Leaves / கறிவேப்பிலை
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder / மஞ்சள் தூள்
  • 2 Tsp Kashmiri red chilly powder
  • 1 Tbsp Chilly Powder / மிளகாய் தூள்
  • 2 Tsp Coriander Powder / மல்லித்தூள்
  • Required Salt
  • Required Oil


  • In a earthern clay pot add 2 tbsp oil
  • Add 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • Add 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • Add 200 gms shallots
  • Add required salt
  • Add 1 tbsp ginger chopped and 1 tbsp garlic chopped.
  • Add few curry leaves
  • Add 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Add 2 tsp kashmiri red chilly powder
  • Saute well in oil
  • Add 3 tomatoes chopped
  • Add 1 tbsp chilly powder
  • Add 2 tsp coriander powder
  • Saute till masala binds and tomatoes become mushy.
  • Add cleaned 15 - 20 pieces of dry fish
  • Mix gently. Sprinkle some water and allow to cook.
  • Once the dry fish gets cooked and gravy becomes thick switch off.
  • Karuvadu thokku is ready


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Hello Friends, I am Poornima Senthil Kumar an IT professional and mother of 2 little angels. My passion for cooking is endless and this blog and Cookingmypassion youtube channel is my dream. I post day to day recipes and also some famous and interesting recipes in my blog and my channel. I love to shoot food preparations videos and also love to capture an eye-catching and mouth-watering pics of my recipes. Me and my husband both love to cook new and innovative recipes. And I am blessed to get my hubby as a supportive and acting partner in our cooking videos. We both love cooking and tasting food as much as we love each other lol... Cooking healthy food, eating happily and staying active without any illness till the last breath is the way of my life. And I would be very happy to know my friends are too happy and healthy with my recipes. No rules, Don't be afraid to do whatever you want. Cooking doesn't have to have rules. I don't like it that way. - Masaharu Morimoto Thank you.

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