Kottayam Fish Curry | Kottayam Meen Curry

Kottayam Fish Curry | Kottayam Meen Curry

Kottayam Fish Curry | Kottayam Meen Curry

Kottayam Fish Curry | Kottayam Meen Curry is one of the favorite all time fish curries in kerala. This curry dish goes so well with mashed kappa. When this fish curry is cooked in a chatti, it gives a special taste and flavor. In general, Kottayam Fish Curry (Meen Curry) tastes better next day when all the spices are absorbed by the fish. The small onions are used to enhance the taste of the curry. Fish is nutritious, rich in vital nutrients required for body. This Kottayam Meen Curry is a simple recipe which can be made even by a novice. You can explore a well detailed recipe of Kottayam Fish Curry here that can be easily prepared at home.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people



  • For the gravy: Heat about a quarter of a cup of coconut oil or vegetable oil in a frying a pan or chatti.
  • Add mustard seeds and when they splutter, add the chopped onions, crushed ginger and garlic, few curry leaves, split green chilies and stir fry.
  • Add a mixture of turmeric, chilly powder and paprika powder in half a cup of water and allow it to cook.
  • When the oil begins to clear, add half a cup of `puli water` and sufficient additional water to make enough gravy to cover all the fish pieces when cooking subsequently.
  • Add salt and cook until the gravy is thick. Keep this aside.
  • For cooking the fish in the gravy: Take a fairly large frying pan.
  • Prepare a bed of curry leaves.
  • Arrange the pieces of fish on this bed.
  • Pour the previously prepared gravy over this. The pieces of fish should be completely covered.
  • Add the remaining curry leaves and kudumpuli pieces, cover with a lid and cook slowly. Do not stir.
  • :- If necessary, you can lift the frying pan by it`s handle and give it a gentle rotating or rocking motion during cooking to spread the gravy evenly. Stop cooking when the fish pieces are cooked sufficiently and the gravy is thick.
  • :- This kottayam meen curry preparation is best after it sits for a day or two to allow time for the spices to get into the fish. The meen curry gets better as it stays in the chatty.
  • :- Enjoy the fish delicacy with kappa or rice.


You can check this link for a tasty fish curry Fish Curry with Coconut. You can also check this link Fish Biryani.
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Response (33)
  1. S
    Saji June 20, 2004

    What are the items which u mentioned previously ground?? which to be added?

  2. s
    simi August 1, 2006

    I wonder what is Paparika?

  3. D
    Dhanya February 8, 2007

    good….but tooo hot…

  4. r
    reny January 29, 2007

    its good but very hot , plz whoever going to try , only put 1 tb of red chilly and 1 tb or paprika and 2 green chillies

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