Spicy Kerala Fish Curry (Meen Curry)

Hot and Spicy Kerala Fish Curry will give a sumptuous treat to your taste buds. A variant from the usual fish curry, our Spicy Kerala Fish Curry incorporates tangy tamarind extract. Fish curry tastes best with hot rice or cooked tapioca. Fish is nutritious and hence must be included in your daily menu. The fish used for Spicy Kerala Fish Curry can range from seer fish to any fish that is fleshy. Fish curries cooked in red chilly and spices usually tastes best the next day. We have included a simplified version of Spicy Kerala Fish Curry. Enjoy the dish.

Spicy Kerala Fish Curry (Meen Curry)

Hot and Spicy Kerala Fish Curry will give a sumptuous treat to your taste buds. A variant from the usual fish curry, our Spicy Kerala Fish Curry incorporates tangy tamarind extract. Fish curry tastes best with hot rice or cooked tapioca. Fish is nutritious and hence must be included in your daily menu. The fish used for Spicy Kerala Fish Curry can range from seer fish to any fish that is fleshy. Fish curries cooked in red chilly and spices usually tastes best the next day. We have included a simplified version of Spicy Kerala Fish Curry. Enjoy the dish.

Category : Non-Vegetarian, Seafood

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By Maneka Nirmal

Published On: 18 Nov 2003

Rating: 4
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20 Minutes
Served : 4
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Ingredients

Directions

Step 1

Clean the fish (Meen), drain and keep aside.

Step 2

Mix together the red chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and fenugreek powder with little water, to make a smooth paste.

Step 3

Heat oil in a pan.

Step 4

Add mustard seeds and when they start spluttering, add fenugreek seeds followed by the sliced onions, ginger, garlic, tomatoes, curry leaves and the paste and fry till the oil separates.

Step 5

:- You could use a cup of small onions instead of big onions.

Step 6

Add a tsp of vinegar if desired. ( optional)

Step 7

Add tamarind extract and check the level of sourness.

Step 8

When the water starts boiling, add the fish pieces and salt.

Step 9

Add enough water to cover the pieces.

Step 10

Cook on a gentle heat.

Step 11

When the pieces are almost cooked, increase the heat and cook till the gravy thickens and the oil is visible.

Step 12

:- Serve hot with rice.

Step 13

hey all...here r some tips to improve the taste of ur fish curry.....

Step 14

If u really think the Meen curry is too hot, reduce chilli/ or add two tea spoon of coconut milk.

Step 15

When u make fish or meat curries, try to make the curry one day before, so that the Meen curry will absorb all that masala and taste better the next day.

Step 16

If u like the smell of coriander leaves in your Meen curries, you can add some in this fish curry too.

Step 17

Last but not the least, Kukum star (Kudampuli) is a very good substitute for tamarind in Meen Curry.

Step 18

:- Enjoy the Meen Curry. Meen Curry goes very well with hot rice.

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shijina

Loved ur recipe! ! I was a failure in making fish curry.. but tday i made like a pro :) thankyu!!

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Deepika

This looks like a great recipe. I will try it today ( if possible). Thanks for all the tips too!

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shiju

i triad its very nice

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gifty

nice.........

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santosh

I cant believe with such a simple recipe i managed to make an yummy delicious fish curry, anyway i used kodampuli. Thank u so much..

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sreepa saju

Delicious!

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Santhosh

Very good recipe.

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divya

Awesome recipe, i loved it...

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pratty

I will try this fish curry..it is A mouth watering recipe..thanks a lot! cheers!

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lalan

ohhhhhh becos of u innu wifinte cheethavileenu rakshapettu

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Sulfikar

I really enjoy this recipe and your site. Very helpful...Thanks

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Simmi Rajesh

yummy, you made us remember our mummy.

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kittylukose

It is toooo good. Thank you

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Lisha Vijesh

Hi, Three years to my marriage, and this is the first time I have cooked such an yummy fish curry. Your recipe is simple and worth. thanks a million. My Hubby loved it...cheers!!!

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Manoj

Dear, It is really great. Being in Nigeria, i almost forgot the taste of india. But thanks to you for the receipe....i once again started enjoying the kerala style foods. Only thing we do not get the type of fish that we get in kerala. I made the curry with the fish that is available here in nigeria. Regards Manoj

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Nimi Molakal

Maneka, The curry was simply excellent. I had guests and served it, and WOW, everyone just loved the curry. Thanks for this wonderful recipe. Regards, Nimi

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Deepika

Thanks a lot. Great recipe. I have tried fish curry, It came very well.

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Lakshmi

Tried this recipe and it came out very well. Thanks a lot for this recipe!

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lakshmi

very good recipe..cheers!!!

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Preethi

Hi It was the first time that i tried making fish curry as my own.. It tunred out very good.. All my friends and colleagues liked it very much. Thanks a lot

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peter

This is the first time iam making fish curry , it came out very good and it was very easy to make . Thanks a lot

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shyna

Hi.I tried this recipe yesterday and it came out really good.Thankxxxx for the recipe.

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RAJESH RAJASEKHARAN

Thanks for the receipe!. It was good!.

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Shruthi Satish

i tried it. it was superb.

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maneka nirmal

the king fish is known as neimeen in kerala and vanjram in tamilnadu.

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sanneeta

thanks a lot.. everytime I make fish it turns out really hot, thanks for the early comments I added almost a tspn less chilly, the curry came out excellent. I had guests coming in and everybody appreciated.

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Lalit

I tried with Salmon fish. Excellent. It is very simple to prepare. Thanks.

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Sudeshna

Hey the curry turned out to be delicious.We used sardines but didnt add the coconut milk and also used much less chilli, but it was spicy and tasty nonetheless. Anyone looking for a good fish curry can try out this one.

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luvgoodfood

Wow Maneka...this is an excellent fish curry. Typical Kerala style. I added one tsp less of chilly powder though and also a couple of tbsps of coconut milk at the end just to flavor it a notch although its totally flavorful even without it. Plus its super simple ! Yummm.......its gonna sit untouched till tomorrow coz fish curry tastes best a day after its made right ? Thx for this one, Maneka.

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john

very good, too hot

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Sowjanya Ramesh

Excellent Dish & Thanx for sharing it.We loved it.

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priya

Excellent!!! I usually have a hard time with fish curries...but everyone loved this recipe!!! Thanks

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thakkudoo

Tooooo good!!!!!!

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shilpa

its too good...everybody shud try this out..keep it up maneka

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Raju

Hi, That was excellent recipe. Helped me to impress my wife. You made my day. BTW where can we get this kokum ? Cheerio -Raju

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Mini

wow wonderful recipe.I used puli .I didn`t had fried fenugreek powder.Still the curry tasted alot.Yep we had some friends on our house,everybody appreciated it and we enjoyed alot. Usually I used to try different fish curry receipe, but nothing tasted like this.So this had become my gold std.Thanks for sharing. Mini

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maneka nirmal

1) U can use any fish for this recipe…but I found king fish more tastier. 2)If u r using sardines, increase pepper powder and add a couple of teaspoon of coconut milk at the end…3) Soak the coccum ( kodambuli ) with a pinch of salt in half cup of water for 15 minutes. The hot water and salt help to soak the kodambuli… add this mixture to the curry…u don’t have to squeeze it… kodambuli is much stronger than tamarind,so u should be careful. A maximum of two pieces kodambuli is enough for this recipe.

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Umesh

Thanks for posting this nice recipe...Appreciate your effrots...

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Manju

I tried it and was very good. It would be nice if u use coccum instead of tarmind.

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Jay M

Lovely recipe. Easy to prepare and yet so delicious.Ende ammayeeammade meenkariye kaalum nannaiyirunnu ;)

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Jeemol

It`s so easy to prepare and yet so delicious.My family and even my neighbours loved it. Ende ammayeeammade meenkariye kaalum assalaayarinnu.

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Julie S

Cooked this for my family last night-we all really enjoyed it - full of flavour. Cheers

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S.nair

Sorry...it was delicious....too good..

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priya

hi today I tried your receipe with kudampuly and it came out real well.thanks a lot for this excellent recipe. I love kerala fish curries.Keep postin such curries in future.thanks once again.

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Raji Shyam

Great recipe. Took hardly 10 minutes to make. The taste was awesome..Good Job..

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Achayan

I was looking for a curry without kudampili.. and this worked out.. heavenly.. thanks a lot for this

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nirmal mathan

oh it was excellent....i just tried this coz my husband and brother wanted to have something hot..but i tell u it was the best curry i ever had...though me make fish curries, there r some diffrents in each one...but u just made my husband to say that , mine is the best than my mother in law`s curry!!!!!!!!!!happy new year...

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anil & riya

Hey maneka, the curry was just too good...we r newly married couple and riya is struggling a lot with cooking....last sunday i decided to help her out in the kitchen.i tried this website for a good recipe and was impressed with ur`s...i made the curry and it was awesome...earlier we planned to keep the curry for two days since we both r working...but we still don`t know how the pot became empty in a day!!!!!!!!!thanks....riya wanted to write a msg for u..i think she sure `ll...

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maneka nirmal

hi all thanks for the feed back... here r some tips... 1) if u really think the curry is too hot, reduce chilli/ or add two tea spoon of coconut milk. 2)when u make fish or meat curries,try to make the curry one day before, so that the curry will absorb all that masala and taste better. 3)if u like the smell of corriander leaves ( cilentro ) in ur curries, u can add some in this fish curry too. 4) last but not the least, kudampulli ( coccum) is a very good substitute for tamarind..

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Nithya

Maneka,the curry was very excellent..I used to wait for my husband to taste and comment.He is very picky..His mom and grandma tells its very difficult to satisfy him with food.he wants a tasty and healthy food..As soon as he tasted this curry,he couldn`t stop praising me .he was very impressed .thank you

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suresh/sarah

looking at all the comments we tried this recipe, but though we eat very hot foods, it was a bit too much, i think the red chilli that we get here compared to India differs greatly in quality, any way we had to add coconut milk to it to ease up a little, but except for that it was VERY GOOD, and we would try this again fo couse half the chilli powder. Thanks

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joseph stephen

tried this reciepe with kappa....it is hot but very tasty ... now i can`t imagine kappa with out this fish curry....u try this and u know that i am right...

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neena john thottungal

adipoli ketto....realy spicy!!!u can try this hot fish curry if u realy like to have something hot...

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arun raj nair

yumm..yummm..really hot but treats the buds as u said...thanks...give ur contact for some help in cooking!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Preethy

Nice and spicy! Reduce chilli powder if you cant take the spice.

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Anu

Its nice yaaaaaaaaaaaar!!!!!!!!

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babu aloshi tharakan

tried and surprised my wife for easter.....thanks

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meena nevil

real spicy ...real taste..evryone should try this recipe...

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suma alex

curry was excelent....try to put some more worth recieps like this... my kids and parents liked it very much..

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