Small fish with mustard seeds paste is a delicious and flavorful dish that is popular in many coastal regions of India. The combination of fresh small fish and a tangy mustard seed paste creates a unique and tasty flavor that will leave you wanting more. Here’s how you can make small fish with mustard seeds paste at home:


  • 500 grams of small fish (such as sardines or anchovies)
  • 1 tablespoon of mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of tamarind paste
  • 2-3 green chilies, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, for cooking
  • Curry leaves, for garnish


  1. Clean the small fish by removing the heads, tails, and guts. Rinse them well under running water.
  2. In a small bowl, soak the mustard seeds in warm water for 10-15 minutes.
  3. In a blender, add the soaked mustard seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, tamarind paste, green chilies, turmeric powder, and salt. Blend them into a smooth paste.
  4. Coat the small fish with the mustard seeds paste, making sure they are well coated.
  5. Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Add the coated small fish and fry them until they turn golden brown on both sides. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
  6. Remove the fried small fish from the pan and place them on a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.
  7. Garnish with curry leaves and serve hot with steamed rice or naan bread

Note: You can adjust the spice level of the dish as per your preference. Mustard seeds paste can be made by grinding yellow mustard seeds with water, and adding spices like cumin and coriander to enhance the flavor. Small fish with mustard seeds paste is a great way to enjoy fresh seafood with a unique and tangy twist.