Friday, September 26, 2014

Rihaakuru Garudhiya


Today's post is a very traditional local recipe. Rihaakuru is a salty fish paste made by the continuous cooking of tuna fish broth, which thickens and turns into a thick salt  paste. I am yet to find a local, who actually makes this stuff ,as its usually made in the islands and sold all over the country . If you are someone who likes marmite, thenyou will enjoy rihaakuru.  

My mother used to make this often when I was growing up.
This particular type of leaf or herb thats used in  this recipe locally known as Anbumasala , which gives its a lovely taste.
We have one growing in our garden so its easily available  for me. Have seen it growing in some malay houses when I was living in Malaysia. Unfortunately  I have no idea about its  English name.

Anbumasala leaves
I know this is not something you can make abroad but just sharing with you a local specialty that I grew up eating.

Recipe : Rihaakuru Garudhiya

2-3 tbsp good quality rihaakuru 
8-10 fresh curry leaves
2-3 dried red chillies, broken into 2 -3 pieces
1/2 tsp whole cumin seeds
1/2  tsp whole fennel seeds
3-4 billinbi  or 1/2 a raw green mango , peeled and sliced thinly or tiny piece of tamarind pulp
3 cups water
a small spring Anbumasala leaves ( if available)
salt to taste

Mix the rihaakuru into the 3 cups water in a small saucepan.  Taste to make sure  the water now tastes like rihaakuru not faintly .

Place the pan over a medium heat on stove top and bring to a simmer. Skim the froth that forms on top with a  spoon.

Once you removed the scum,  add cumin seeds, fennel seeds, dried chillies,  bilinibi/mango or tamarind, curry leaves, anbumasala leaves if using.   Cook for a further 10- 15 minutes.

Taste add salt to taste. Serve with rice and lonumirus and fresh onion slices. Yummm!!!


  1. Very new dish for me.. Looks great.

  2. This is so interesting. Can't believe this is made from tuna broth.

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  4. Hi Nammi,
    This is very interesting. I am not familiar with that leaves. Thanks for sharing something new to us!

  5. Looks interesting and very new for me !

  6. I have never heard os anything like this...sounds interesting Nammi.
    Hope you are having a great week :D


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