Spicy Kerala Fish Curry (Meen Curry)

by ManekaNirmal
Spicy Kerala Fish Curry
Hot and Spicy Kerala Fish Curry (Meen Curry) will give a sumptuous treat to your taste buds. A variant from the usual fish curry, the dish 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 (Meen 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 the recipe. Enjoy the dish.
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Spicy Kerala Fish Curry
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Cuisine Kerala
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • Fish - 250 gm
  • Tamarind(A small ball in hot water, Puli) -
  • Onions(sliced, big) - 1 no
  • Tomato(sliced, big) - 1 no
  • Curry leaves(A small bunch) -
  • Red chilly powder - 3 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Fenugreek powder(Uluva) - 1/4 tsp
  • Coconut oil - 2 tbsp
  • Ginger - 1/2" piece
  • Garlic pods - 4 nos
  • Salt(As reqd) -
  • Mustard seeds(A Pinch) -
  • Fenugreek seeds(A pinch, Uluva) -
Cuisine Kerala
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • Fish - 250 gm
  • Tamarind(A small ball in hot water, Puli) -
  • Onions(sliced, big) - 1 no
  • Tomato(sliced, big) - 1 no
  • Curry leaves(A small bunch) -
  • Red chilly powder - 3 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Fenugreek powder(Uluva) - 1/4 tsp
  • Coconut oil - 2 tbsp
  • Ginger - 1/2" piece
  • Garlic pods - 4 nos
  • Salt(As reqd) -
  • Mustard seeds(A Pinch) -
  • Fenugreek seeds(A pinch, Uluva) -
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Rating: 5
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Instructions
  1. Clean the fish (Meen), drain and keep aside.
  2. Mix together the red chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and fenugreek powder with little water, to make a smooth paste.
  3. Heat oil in a pan.
  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.
  5. :- You could use a cup of small onions instead of big onions.
  6. Add a tsp of vinegar if desired. ( optional)
  7. Add tamarind extract and check the level of sourness.
  8. When the water starts boiling, add the fish pieces and salt.
  9. Add enough water to cover the pieces.
  10. Cook on a gentle heat.
  11. When the pieces are almost cooked, increase the heat and cook till the gravy thickens and the oil is visible.
  12. :- Serve hot with rice.
  13. hey all...here r some tips to improve the taste of ur fish curry.....
  14. If u really think the Meen curry is too hot, reduce chilli/ or add two tea spoon of coconut milk.
  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.
  16. If u like the smell of coriander leaves in your Meen curries, you can add some in this fish curry too.
  17. Last but not the least, Kukum star (Kudampuli) is a very good substitute for tamarind in Meen Curry.
  18. :- Enjoy the Meen Curry. Meen Curry goes very well with hot rice.
Recipe Notes

You can visit this link Fish Curry with Tomato. You can also visit this link Fish Biryani

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53 comments

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maneka nirmal October 1, 2005 - 12:00 am

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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Manju August 9, 2005 - 12:00 am

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

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suresh/sarah November 7, 2004 - 12:00 am

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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meena nevil April 6, 2004 - 12:00 am

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

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RAJESH RAJASEKHARAN February 16, 2007 - 12:00 am

Thanks for the receipe!. It was good!.

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sreepa saju January 3, 2012 - 3:31 am

Delicious!

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santosh July 13, 2012 - 10:50 pm

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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pratty April 28, 2010 - 6:24 pm

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

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Nimi Molakal May 25, 2008 - 12:00 am

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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Manoj May 30, 2008 - 12:00 am

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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Lisha Vijesh July 25, 2008 - 12:00 am

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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kittylukose August 1, 2008 - 12:00 am

It is toooo good. Thank you

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Simmi Rajesh October 19, 2008 - 12:00 am

yummy, you made us remember our mummy.

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lakshmi April 22, 2008 - 12:00 am

very good recipe..cheers!!!

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Preethi July 23, 2007 - 12:00 am

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 July 1, 2007 - 12:00 am

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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Shruthi Satish January 19, 2007 - 12:00 am

i tried it. it was superb.

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shyna April 12, 2007 - 12:00 am

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

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maneka nirmal October 1, 2005 - 12:00 am

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

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Lalit July 2, 2006 - 12:00 am

I tried with Salman fish. Exellent. It is very simple to prepare. Thanks.

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sanneeta July 26, 2006 - 12:00 am

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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Sudeshna May 10, 2006 - 12:00 am

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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john March 16, 2006 - 12:00 am

very good, too hot

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luvgoodfood March 17, 2006 - 12:00 am

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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Sowjanya Ramesh February 24, 2006 - 12:00 am

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

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babu aloshi tharakan April 12, 2004 - 12:00 am

tried and surprised my wife for easter…..thanks

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suma alex February 15, 2004 - 12:00 am

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

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arun raj nair July 7, 2004 - 12:00 am

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

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neena john thottungal August 24, 2004 - 12:00 am

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

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Preethy June 15, 2004 - 12:00 am

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

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Anu April 27, 2004 - 12:00 am

Its nice yaaaaaaaaaaaar!!!!!!!!

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joseph stephen October 30, 2004 - 12:00 am

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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Nithya December 15, 2004 - 12:00 am

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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nirmal mathan January 17, 2005 - 12:00 am

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 January 17, 2005 - 12:00 am

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 owesome…earlier we planned to keep the curry for two days since we both r working…but we sill 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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Achayan February 15, 2005 - 12:00 am

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

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divya October 24, 2010 - 4:17 am

Awesome recipe, i loved it…

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Sulfikar December 1, 2009 - 2:19 am

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

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lalan February 21, 2010 - 6:39 am

ohhhhhh becos of u innu wifinte cheethavileenu rakshapettu

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Deepika May 16, 2016 - 12:00 am

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

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Lakshmi April 22, 2008 - 12:00 am

Tried this recipe-easy to make and came out well. came out very well.Thanks a lot for this recipe!

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Umesh August 26, 2005 - 12:00 am

Thanks for posting this nice recipe…Appreciate your effrots…

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Raji Shyam April 12, 2005 - 12:00 am

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

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S.nair April 28, 2005 - 12:00 am

Sorry…it was delicious….too good..

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Julie S June 10, 2005 - 12:00 am

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

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Jay M June 29, 2005 - 12:00 am

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

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Jeemol June 28, 2005 - 12:00 am

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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priya December 29, 2005 - 12:00 am

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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Mini December 7, 2005 - 12:00 am

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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shilpa December 14, 2005 - 12:00 am

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

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Raju December 13, 2005 - 12:00 am

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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thakkudoo December 26, 2005 - 12:00 am

Tooooo good!!!!!!

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priya December 29, 2005 - 12:00 am

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

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