Malabar Fish Curry | Malabar Meen Curry


Malabar Fish Curry is one of the easiest and tastiest of fish dishes very popular in the Malabar region of Kerala. Malabar Meen Curry, rich in creamy coconut milk, is a mouth watering spicy delicacy. Though the recipe sounds simple, the flavors of the spiced coconut milk and tangy kukum star, takes Malabar Meen Curry to the next level. The dish is unique and special with fish pieces drenched fully and cooked in coconut milk. The varied flavors sink deep into the fish pieces makes the dish all the more heavenly. The gravy is rich and thick and a lot many Malabari dishes like pathiri, appam etc. makes a close match with the dish. You will discover Malabar Fish Curry served for noon day meals along with rice in Kozhikode region. I had an occasion to taste the authentic fish curry when I was on a visit to Kozhikode for my friend’s marriage. Ever since I was after the recipe. Now after much struggle I managed to collect the special recipe from my friend. Now Malabar Meen Curry is the star of my home.

Now the best thing about Malabar Meen Curry, is that this is very easy to prepare provided the instructions are carefully followed. Though the recipe seems long, take courage, you will be rewarded in the end. Fish is nutritious, rich in protein and other vital nutrients required for body. These days you hear the popular saying, eat more fish other than poultry and your body will be healthy. While preparing Malabar Fish Curry, I prepare it mild since my kid is very averse to chilly. You can have it more spicy as you prefer. You can explore a well detailed Malabar Meen Curry here that can be easily prepared at home. Enjoy the dish.

Malabar Fish Curry | Malabar Meen Curry

Malabar Fish Curry | Malabar Meen Curry

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 5 people



  • For preparing the tasty fish delicacy, please follow the instructions carefully.
  • Mix the coriander, chilli, and turmeric with a little of curry leaves and fry it on a pan without water on low flame.
  • Keep mixing it properly and make sure it is not burned. Do this for approximatly 5 - 6 mins. Make it well done, but not burned.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Splutter mustard seeds.
  • Add fenugreek seeds and move the pan from the stove before adding uluva so that it is not burned.
  • Add onions and keep the flame a little bit high and cook till it is light brown.
  • Add tomatoes and make it a paste.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Add the chilli, coriander, turmeric mixture and mix it properly.
  • After a few minutes, add the kudampuli along with water.
  • Add the coconut milk (all of 800ml) into this and stir it properly.
  • Add sifficient water and then leave it on high flame.
  • Allow it to boil fully.
  • When the mixture is boiling really hot, leave it for two mintues and then add fish one by one.
  • Reduce the flame and cook on low flame.
  • Let it remain till the fish is completely cooked.
  • :- Let me know how it goes!


You can visit this link for a delicious fish recipe Fish Curry with Drumsticks. You can also visit this link Fish Biryani.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Response (4)
  1. G
    Girish Nair August 9, 2008

    mhhh Just okay… its not exactly the Malabar recipe

  2. s
    susan October 21, 2009

    i tried it and came out well….very good recipe!!! thank you soo much…

  3. s
    sindhu July 11, 2007

    i tried this. this reminds me of my grnadmonther`s home in malabar

  4. B
    Baldev May 31, 2021

    I am not sure what Malabar fish delicacies tastes like. But this came out pretty damn good. My kids like it.

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