30 FISH CURRY/ MEEN KUZHAMBU

Fish curry/ Meen kuzhambu(kulambu)
Recipe shared in by my friend Sheela, who makes excellent non- veg dishes. This fish curry goes well with idli/dosas and of course rice.

Red Onion - 3 medium
Tomato - 2
Cumin seeds - 1 tbsp
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
Tamarind - 1 small lime size( soaked in water for 20 mts and pulp extracted)
Dhaniya powder - 2 tbsp
Chilli powder - 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1.2 tsp
Methi/fenugreek seeds - few count( less than 10)
Fish ( salmon/tilapia/cat fish)
Oil - 2 - 3 tbsp



Wash and cut fish into thick slices , to it add 1 tbsp of chilli powder,little turmeric powder and salt and marinate for 1 hour. Later preheat oven to 400 degrees and place the fish slices on a greased baking dish for 10 - 12 minutes. In this recipe the fish added is spanish mackerel. To know more about it click here

Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan and add cumin seeds..wait for few seconds and add thickly chopped onions and half of curry leaves... fry till golden brown. Remove and cool and grind to a paste. Keep it aside.

Heat a non stick pan/kadai and add mustard seeds, methi seeds, remaining curry leaves( can also substitute the tempering ingredients with onion vadagam/thalicha vadagam). When they pop out add chilli powder and dhaniya powder, mix once and immediately add the onion paste. Reduce flame and fry well( usually takes long), till oil leaves out from the side. Next add tomato paste( can also blanch the tomatoes in hot water and then grind the tomatoes to a fine paste), turmeric powder and tamarind pulp. Cook till the raw smell leaves and oil leaves out.

Pour some water( for best taste use water washed out from rice the second or the third water which gives good taste to the curry - optional). Allow it to boil and add salt and the fish slices. Remove when the fish starts to come up . That is the stage when you know it is done. Enjoy your fish curry with idli/dosas and rice. Usually my hubby and few friends here prefer this with idli/dosas.

Variation
1. Can add a slice of raw mango when the curry is boiling to increase the taste.
2. Crush a piece of garlic and add to the curry just before removing and close the pan to enhance the taste.

30 comments/Reactions:

Pooja said...

Awesome fish curry! Looks so spicy n delicious :) Love the addition of water in which rice was washed!

Poornima Nair said...

Yummy...I could have fish curry for breakfast:)...that looks delicious.

Parita said...

Thats looks so spicy and tasty padma!!!

Superchef said...

the gravy looks nice and spicy!

Priya said...

Gravy looks spicy and delicious, am ready to finish those tempting gravy:d

Pavithra said...

Gravy looks so yumm!!!!!

Dharani Jagadeesh said...

hi Padma changed ur template!! very nice look..though i dont like fish aftr seeing ur gravy..feel like having it....

Vrinda said...

Yummy fish curry Padma..i lov mackerel,but never tried spanish Mackerel..will try ur version of fish curry..

Padma said...

Thanks Pooja, Poornima, Parita, SC(Manju) :)
You are welcome Priya :)
Thanks Pavithra, Dharani - yeah have changed the template for a change.
Thanks Vrinda ...try and let me know if u liked it :)

Lavanya said...

wowwwwwwwww.............fish curry is just awesome..no words to say..so gravy...i love it padma:)

kittymatti said...

very nice recipe padma..know what...u deserve the most enthusiastic blogger award.. U are always the first one to write a comment (for anyone)...this makes us feel so happy ...also, thtz how i got curious to visit your blog... U r doing a great job, kudos!

kittymatti said...

btw, the new layout looks cool!

ARUNA said...

so so so yummy Padma......all i can do is slurp slurp!!!!!

Padma said...

Thanks so much Preethai(Kittymatti) ... that was so sweet to read... you made my day :D

Thanks a lot Lavanya and Aruna ... sure can have everything from that bowl :)

Nandini said...

Fish curry rocks and rules! I love fish curry! This one is awesome and delicious! Cool template BTW! :)

Kalyani said...

fish curry looks great & delicious padma ....

Kalai said...

Fish curry looks spicy and yummy.Thanks a lot for passing me the "I love your blog" award.

Priti said...

Looks so yum,spicy..very tempting

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow looks spicy and drool worthy.....

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

meen kuzhambu Looks so spicy n delicious :) im drooling here.. :)

Valarmathi said...

Drooling here. Looks yummy and delicious.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

My Mom makes fish curry and I love it I guess she makes it the same way!!! I have bookmarked your curry am gonna try it soon!!!

Varsha Vipins said...

Thats one amazing fish curry Padma..i am just drooling on n on..:)
fisrt time here I guess..great lil soace u have ..:)

Padma said...

Thanks a lot Nandini, Kalyani, Kalai, Priti, Kitchen flavors, Lena, Valarmathi and Ramya :)
Thanks Varsha for dropping in and leaving your comments :)

sharada said...

hi,
u have a lovely blog...very nice recipes.
i tried this meen kuzhambu today...i must say it was delicious and above all i felt healthy b'coz no coconut and no frying the fish pieces.This is a keeper.
Sorry for the long comment!!

Padma said...

Thank you Sharadha for trying . Happy to know that it turned out good. Keep visiting and try more. Don't worry about the length of the comment, I was happy to read them :)

PrIyAdArShInI BoJaRaJaN said...

This fish curry makes me hungry...Yummmm

PrIyAdArShInI BoJaRaJaN said...

Your curry makes me hungry...Yummm

althafh roshan said...

very good thanks padma

Natasha said...

Thank you soooo much for this recipe...I made this recipe and it turned out yummilicious :) Thanks a ton!

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