Meen Mulakittu Vattichathu

RugminiKamalan R

Meen Mulakittu Vattichathu, a traditional styled culinary masterpiece hailing from the enchanting coastal regions of Kerala. The dish transcends mere sustenance, offering a symphony of flavors that dance on your taste buds. This delectable creation is not just a meal, it’s a celebration of the sea, a tribute to tradition, and a testament to the artistry of Kerala’s culinary heritage.

At the heart of Meen Mulakittu Vattichathu is the harmonious marriage of impeccably fresh fish and a medley of spices that elevate it to gastronomic glory. The dish is a manifestation of the region’s rich maritime culture, where the bounties of the Arabian Sea are embraced and transformed into a culinary revelation.

As you embark on a culinary journey with Meen Mulakittu Vattichathu, the first sensory encounter is with the aroma that wafts through the air, a heady blend of curry leaves, mustard seeds, and the subtle perfume of coconut oil. This olfactory symphony sets the stage for the feast that awaits.

The magic unfolds as the fish, selected with the discerning eye of a connoisseur, is bathed in a thick chilly based gravy and an array of spices. Each ingredient is carefully chosen, not just for its individual essence, but for its ability to harmonize with the others in a dance of flavors.

The secret lies in the Vattichathu technique, a culinary tradition where the ingredients are gently roasted to perfection before being united in a culinary alchemy that transforms them into a tapestry of taste. The result is a dish that is a testament to the culinary finesse of the Keralite kitchen.

Meen Mulakittu Vattichathu is not just a delight for the palate, it’s also a nutritional powerhouse. The fish, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, combines with the herbal ingredients to create a dish that not only tantalizes the taste buds but also nourishes the body.

In conclusion, Meen Mulakittu Vattichathu is more than a dish, it’s a cultural ambassador, a culinary poem that speaks of tradition, innovation and the timeless allure of coastal cuisine. As you savor each bite, you embark on a journey through the sun-kissed shores of Kerala, where every flavor is a step into the heart of a culinary masterpiece.


Meen Mulakittu Vattichathu

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 3 people



  • For preparing Meen Mulakittu Vattichathu, first clean the fish well and cut into pieces.
  • Mix together chilly powder, turmeric powder and fenugreek powder along with a little water to get a smooth paste.
  • Place the above paste along with slit green chillies, chopped ginger, kukum star and salt along with sufficient water in a vessel (preferably Meen Chatti).
  • Keep it on flame and allow it to boil.
  • When the gravy starts to thicken, add the fish pieces and allow it to cook.
  • When the fish is cooked and the gravy is thick enough, remove from the flame.
  • Add a little coconut oil and a few curry leaves.
  • Close it with a lid to lock the flavour.
  • Enjoy Meen Mulakittu Vattichathu with you noon day meal.
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Response (3)
  1. P
    Priya May 6, 2007

    Great quick recipe… Thanks a lot!

  2. d
    deepa May 6, 2009

    i was looking for this receipe since ages. Thanks a lot .,a great traditional receipe.mouthwatering.My family enjoyed it.Thankyou Rugmini.

  3. S
    Shefeeq February 8, 2010

    HI,I have tried it and very nice. Rgds: Shefeeq

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