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Spicy Kerala Fish Curry

Spicy Kerala Fish Curry (Meen Curry)

Hot and Spicy Kerala Fish Curry (Meen Curry) will give a sumptuous treat to your taste buds. A variant from the usual fish curry, the dish incorporates tangy tamarind extract. Fish curry tastes best with hot rice or cooked tapioca. Fish is nutritious and hence must be included in your daily menu. The fish used for Spicy Kerala Fish Curry (Meen Curry) can range from seer fish to any fish that is fleshy. Fish curries cooked in red chilly and spices usually tastes best the next day. We have included a simplified version of the recipe. Enjoy the dish.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people


  • 250 gm Fish
  • Tamarind A small ball in hot water, Puli
  • 1 no Onions sliced, big
  • 1 no Tomato sliced, big
  • Curry leaves A small bunch
  • 3 tsp Red chilly powder
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek powder Uluva
  • 2 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1/2" piece Ginger
  • 4 nos Garlic pods
  • Salt As reqd
  • Mustard seeds A Pinch
  • Fenugreek seeds A pinch, Uluva


  • Clean the fish (Meen), drain and keep aside.
  • Mix together the red chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and fenugreek powder with little water, to make a smooth paste.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add mustard seeds and when they start spluttering, add fenugreek seeds followed by the sliced onions, ginger, garlic, tomatoes, curry leaves and the paste and fry till the oil separates.
  • :- You could use a cup of small onions instead of big onions.
  • Add a tsp of vinegar if desired. ( optional)
  • Add tamarind extract and check the level of sourness.
  • When the water starts boiling, add the fish pieces and salt.
  • Add enough water to cover the pieces.
  • Cook on a gentle heat.
  • When the pieces are almost cooked, increase the heat and cook till the gravy thickens and the oil is visible.
  • :- Serve hot with rice.
  • hey all...here r some tips to improve the taste of ur fish curry.....
  • If u really think the Meen curry is too hot, reduce chilli/ or add two tea spoon of coconut milk.
  • When u make fish or meat curries, try to make the curry one day before, so that the Meen curry will absorb all that masala and taste better the next day.
  • If u like the smell of coriander leaves in your Meen curries, you can add some in this fish curry too.
  • Last but not the least, Kukum star (Kudampuli) is a very good substitute for tamarind in Meen Curry.
  • :- Enjoy the Meen Curry. Meen Curry goes very well with hot rice.


You can visit this link Fish Curry with Tomato. You can also visit this link Fish Biryani
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