In Sri Lankan cuisine, you will find we add dried sprats (haal masso) for lot of dishes. Even not as a main dish, we add few dried sprats as a flavor enhancer for some curries such as brinjal curry. Today recipe is such kind of recipe which we cook dried sprats with banana peppers (malu miris).With spicy taste of banana peppers, this sprat dish is bit spicy. But, adjust other spices and even quantity of banana peppers (malu miris) as per your taste to get mild spicy version.

Because banana peppers (Malu miris) are already hot, some they don’t add chili flakes when they cook with malu miris. But I add bit of chili flakes just to make the dish looks inviting. If not, final result will look pale in appearance. So, you can also avoid adding of chili flakes if you think this is very hot & spicy recipe.

Dried Sprats and Banana Peppers stir fry

Dried Sprats and Banana Peppers stir fry

Recipe: Dried Sprats and Banana Peppers stir fry (Hall Masso and Malu Miris stir fry)

Ingredients: (for 3-4 servings)

100g dried sprats (haal masso)
1 medium Onion
3-4 Banana Peppers(Malu Miris)
½ tspn mustard seeds
1/4 tspn turmeric powder
1 tbsp Chilli Flakes
Piece of cinnamon
1 sprig Curry Leaves
2 inch piece of Pandan leave
Salt to taste
2 tbspn Oil


Clean, remove the heads and wash sprats. Drain water and keep aside.
Slice onion and banana pepper.
Heat a pan with 2-3 tbspn oil. When oil is hot add mustard seeds.
When mustard seeds are popping out, add dried sprats. Stir fry well till sprats are fried well, but before it starts de-colour.

At this time, add onion, banana peppers, curry leaf and pandan leave.
Mix well and Stir fry until onions are golden colour.
Add turmeric powder and mix well.
Now add chili flakes and cinnamon stick & mix well.
Add salt as per taste.
Cover & fry for another few seconds until all mixed and well fried.
Switch off the flame and keep it covered for few more seconds.
Serve hot with rice & enjoy!

Dried Sprats and Banana Peppers stir fry

Hall masso & Malu Miris stir fry