Nagli Ambat

Lady Fish Gravy (Nagli Ambat)

Nagli Ambat
Nagli Ambat

Nagli or Kane or Lady fish is abundantly available in the river near our home. So we get very fresh ones in the market. It is considered as one of the “clean fishes” as it does not have too many bones. It is easy for digestion, so when we introduce fish to babys, we start with nagli. We make few different dishes with this fish. This Nagli Ambat is one of them.

Clean fish.
nagli ambat1 nagli ambat2
Make coconut paste. Fry onion.
nagli ambat3 nagli ambat4
When they turn brownish, add coconut paste and then fish.
nagli ambat5 nagli ambat6 nagli ambat7-001

Lady Fish Gravy (Nagli Ambat)

Nagli Ambat is a gravy prepared by cooking lady fish in a coconut gravy.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 3 -4


  • 7-8 pieces of lady fish/nagli
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1 cup fresh/frozen coconut
  • 4-5 red chillies
  • A piece of tamarind
  • 1/4 tea spn turmeric
  • 1 tea spn coriander seeds
  • 2 green chillies
  • Oil
  • Salt


  • Remove scales of lady fish and clean the fish.
  • Heat a little oil and fry coriander seeds, turmeric.
  • Grind them with coconut, tamarind and red chillies to a smooth paste.
  • Heat oil and fry onion till they are brownish.
  • Add the coconut paste, green chillies slit into two pieces and salt.
  • Add little water to make it a thick gravy.
  • Slowly slide in the fish and cook till they are done.
  • Serve hot with rice.


Instead of cooking the coconut paste first and then adding fish, fish can be added to onions and fried for few minutes and then coconut paste is added. This gives a slightly different taste. Be very careful with the fish if this is followed. The fish is very delicate and can break down if it is mixed much


9 thoughts on “Lady Fish Gravy (Nagli Ambat)”

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll to Top