Saiva Meen Kuzhambu | Vegetarian Fish Curry


Saiva Meen Kuzhambu | Vegetarian Fish Curry

Saiva Meen Kuzhambu | Vegetarian Fish Curry

Saiva Meen Kuzhambu is a special Chettinad vegetarian curry,famous in South Tamilnadu. We do this Vegetarian Fish Curry with cowpea/ black-eyed peas which, we call in Tamil karamani. Contradictory to its name meen, which means fish, this dish doesn’t have any fish at all. Saiva Meen Kuzhambu can also be called as Vegetarian Fish Curry. We soak this cowpea and grind with few masala, steam and cut like fish shape. We roast in Tawa, add this vegetarian fish into the curry which, we prepare with onion,tomato and tamarind water as thin curry. The curry is nothing but Puli Kuzhambu / Kara Kuzhambu. The only part we need to concentrate more is to prepare this vegetarian fish using cow peas / thatta payar, which is also simple.It looks very similar to a traditional fish curry. Now we can see this in detail.
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cuisine Tamil
Servings 4 people



  • Soak for 2 hours Cowpea / karamani
  • In mixer jar add cowpea / karamani and dry red chilli, 4 number shallots, garlic, funnel seed grind well
  • Add salt and grind well if need add very little amount of water
  • In steamer plate apply oil and keep this ground masala as thick size and plate full round
  • Now steam for 10 mins and allow to cool
  • Now cut like fish shape and keep aside
  • In tawa or pan add oil and shallow fry the vegetarian fish / saiva meen. Toast both side and keep aside.
  • IN pan add gingelly oil and temper mustard, jeera, fenugreek seed and curry leaves
  • Now add shallots and saute well and add tomato and saute well
  • Now add all powders and mix well and saute
  • Now add tamarind water and boil till the raw small goes out
  • For thick curry you can add that ground paste little with water and can add to the curry
  • Bring curry to boil as little thick and make sure with medium flame of gas burn
  • Now add the vegetarian fish / Saiva Meen to curry and bring boil foe 5 to 7 mins and turn off.
  • Now your Saiva Meen Kuzhambu ready
    Saiva Meen Kuzhambu | Vegetarian Fish Curry


You can explore this dish Kara Kuzhambu
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