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Kerala Fish Curry

All the savours of Southern India

The traditional Meen Vekichatu (Fish curry), famous throughout Kerala.

Preparation time:20min


Cooking time:20min


Serves:2 persons

2 persons


Fresh, firm, fish 250 grams
Kodampuli (tamarind)3 or 4 boiled in water
A small bunch of curry leaves
Red chilli powder, 3 teaspoons
Turmeric powder, 1/4 teaspoon
Fenugreek 1/4 teaspoon
Coconut oil, 2 tablespoon
Ginger 1 1/2 inch piece
Garlic 3 cloves
Salt to taste
A pinch of mustard seeds.


Remove the skin, and cut the fish into 1 x 2 inch size rectangular pieces, clean well, drain and keep aside.

Grind the red chilli powder, turmeric powder, ginger, and garlic with little water, to make a smooth paste. Heat oil in a pan, put the mustard seeds, and when they start sputtering, add the curry leaves, and the grinded paste.

Fry the paste at a medium heat, till the paste becomes consistent. Add the water containing the extract of Kodampuli, check the level of sourness. When the water starts boiling add the fish pieces, and salt. Add water enough to cover the pieces.

Cook at a gentle heat. Keep stirring lightly (to avoid breaking of fish) in between, or just shake the pan. When the pieces are almost cooked, increase the heat and cook till the gravy thickens, and the oil is visible.

Serve hot with rice, or tapioca.

Tip of The Brunton Boatyard’s, Fort Cochin, Chef: this dish tastes even better if its refrigerated and reheated after a few days.

Photos: annahiltunen

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