Sura puttu/Shark fish puttu

This is my grandmother i.e. ammamma’s recipe. This dish of her’s is everyone’s favorite. Though I cannot prepare it like her, I can prepare to a version close to hers.

The shark fish is shredded and fried with spices which make a final dish similar to puttu (Kerala dish).

Ingredients Required:

1 small shark fish: about 1-1.5 kg sliced

1 big onion: finely chopped

Garlic: 7-8 cloves

Greenchilli: 5 numbers

Crushed pepper: 2 tsps.

Turmeric: 1 tsp

Chilli powder: 1 tsp

Oil: 2 tbsp. (olive /sunflower/any cooking oil)

Salt as required


Wash the fish well in running water for more than 2 times.

Boil water in a vessel, with half tsp turmeric powder.

Add sliced fish pieces and boil well till the fish is cooked.

Cool them and one by one break the fish pieces in hand and remove the small bones in it.

Add required salt, ½ tsp turmeric powder, chilli powder, pepper powder/Crushed pepper to the broken fish and mix well.

In a pan, add 2 tbsp. oil, add onions, garlic, green-chilli and fry well till onion turns translucent.

Add fish mixture and keep stirring.

Fry well till the fish turns golden brown.

Serve with Rice and curry.

Goes very well with rasam rice, sambar rice.

Tip: I used nonstick pan and hence didn’t require more oil for roasting.