Goan Velli Sukhe | Anchovy Semi Gravy

.Vellyache Sukhe or Goan Anchovy Sukha is a dish which I loved since childhood. I had originally posted this recipe on 28-Jan-2014. Today after 3 years, I thought of updating the recipe with fresh pictures. I will not do much edits to the content or recipe of Vellyache Sukhe. Velli fish is commonly known as White Sardine. Some people also call them anchovy and some locals in South India call it Veloori.
Whenever returned home from school, my Mom used to tell me to change the uniform and to come downstairs for lunch. I used to freshen up, go downstairs and sit for lunch. My Mom would then serve delicious food for me. One of my favorite one was “Vellyache Sukhe” or Anchovies Semi Gravy or dry gravy… call it whatever you wish. I never knew that this Vellyache sukhe was extremely simple to cook this, until I tried it one fine day.
Vellyache Sukhe, Anchovies curry, Anchovies recipe
Last week my hubby got loads of Anchovies or White Sardines. I thought of trying different types of recipes. One recipe which I tried was this Vellyache Sukhe recipe. I called my Mom and asked her how to prepare my favorite “Velli Sukhe”. Mom gave me the instructions over the phone and I prepared it. My hubby had never tasted this in his life till that day. He loved this Anchovies recipe. He said it was awesome.

Another update is that, I cooked this Vellyache Sukhe when my mom-in-law had visited us. She too had never tasted this recipe and showered me with lots of praises and learnt the recipe from me 🙂 She said that this recipe is very good compared to rava fried anchovies.

Vellyache Sukhe, Anchovies curry, Anchovies recipe
The same can be tried with Prawns. Just replace the Anchovies by prawns and you will get delicious Prawns Sukhe. Thank you Mom for this awesome recipe. If you guys like this recipe, also try Vellyache hooman or Goan style fish curry made with anchovies.

Ingredients:                                                                           Prep. Time: 20 Minutes, Serves: 4
20 anchovies/velli, cleaned
2 medium sized onions, finel chopped
1/4 cup grated coconut
2 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon turmeric powder
1 raw mango
Salt to taste


  1. In a kadai, add oil and let it get heated.
  2. Add chopped onion and saute till it turns pinkish.
  3. Add the marinated fish, grated coconut, raw mango pieces, turmeric and chili powder.
  4. Mix everything and cook till the fish and raw mango gets cooked.
  5. Add salt to taste and mix.
  6. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.


  • If needed, add 2 tablespoon water and cook on low flame with the lid of utensil closed.
  • A dry kokum petal can be added, if raw mango is not available.

The recipe was published on 28-Jan-2014 and has been updated with new pictures on 28-Nov-2017.

Vellyache Sukhe, Anchovies curry, Anchovies recipe

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