Unakka Manthal Koottan is a semi gravy dish that goes well with rice. It is primarily a very flavourful and delectable dish with Coconut and a blend of Spices. They are then seasoned with the Traditional Seasoning. The soaked fish is made into pieces and added to the coconut grinded mixture and tamarindwater and cooked. Then it is seasoned with mustard, shallots. It is the Koottaan that renders the Rice a taste and smell.
Remove the head portion and skin of the soaked fish, wash and cut into pieces as shown in above pictures and keep the pieces separately.
Heat the frying pan/Cheenachatti and roast the grated Coconut and some Curry leaves. When colour of the Coconut turns into golden, add the Coriander powder and Red Chilli powder and stir it well, after 2 – 3 minutes, put off the stove and allow to cool the mix.
Grind the Mix along with some water and change it into a cooking vessel.
After about ten minutes add the Fish pieces into this boiled gravy and cook the Fish properly.
Heat Oil in a Frying pan/Cheenachatti and add the chopped Shallots/Onion and some Curry leaves into this hot oil and stir it. When colour of this Shallots/Onion turns into golden/brown add it into the already cooked Fish koottaan.
Unakka Maanthal/Nangu Fish (dried Sole) koottaan is ready. This koottaan can serve along with cooked Rice/Tapioca etc.