Meen Thenga Ada | Fish Coconut Steamed Parcel


Meen Thenga Ada is a popular South Indian fish delicacy cherished for the unique textures and flavors. The term ‘Meen Thenga Ada’ when translated, reads ‘fish coconut ada ‘ which gives an idea of the ingredients involved that makes the dish all special. The beauty of the dish lies in the simplicity and the harmonious blend of flavors. The richness of coconut and the freshness of the fish pieces, creates a delightful dish that tantalizes your taste buds. The preparation of Fish Coconut Pancake involves a few brief steps. First, fish is marinated with a blend of spice powders: red chilli powder, turmeric and salt that not only infuses the fish slices with flavors but also tenderizes it. The marinated fish slices are pan fried until cooked and crisp. While frying make sure that the fried fish retains its taste and moisture. The fish pieces are broken into small bits. The fish pieces are then cooked with a series of flavorings and blended into a spicy fish masala that tastes unique and special.

Now we are entering the final stage of preparing Fish Coconut Steamed Parcel. Rice flour is mixed with required salt, sufficient water and processed into a soft dough like consistency. Small balls of the dough is plucked and flattened on a banana leaf. A small quantity of the fish masala is placed on the flattened piece and the opposite side is closed and sealed. The Meen Thenga Ada is then steamed in a steamer and served hot for breakfast or as a evening snack. The aroma that fills the kitchen as Fish Coconut Steamed Parcel is being cooked is irresistible. The fragrance of the spices and coconut that wafts through the air, makes everyone eager to taste the dish. As you bite into the ada, you are greeted with the soft and succulent fish masala that creates a comforting and filling experience. The dish showcases the culinary and diverse prowess of Kerala Cuisine that leaves a lasting impression on the taste buds. You can explore a well detailed Meen Thenga Ada recipe here.

Meen Thenga Ada | Fish Coconut Steamed Parcel

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 People


  • 2 Cups Rice flour
  • Salt as required
  • 2 Cups Water

For Preparing Fish Masala:


Preparation for Ada:

  • Boil 2 cups of water in a sauce pan adding little salt. In a bowl, add rice flour and pour the boiled water and mix well using a wooden spoon. Let it cool down for sometime and then knead it well to a soft and smooth dough, while it is still warm.
  • Divide the dough into small balls and flatten each ball in a banana leaf.
  • Add prepared fish masala on one side and gently fold over the other side and seal the edges (like adas..)..Repeat procedure with the remaining dough and fish masala. Place them in a steamer and steam cook for 15-20 minutes.
  • Serve hot!


You can visit this link Ela Ada. You can also visit this link Steamed Chicken Ada.
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