Meen Kuzhambu/Fish Curry

Print Friendly and PDF
Best Blogger Tips
Madras Fish Curry

Meen Kuzhambu/Fish Curry is a traditional Tamil preparation very typical in the coastal areas of Tamilnadu. Meen Kuzhambu is fresh fish cooked in a tangy tamarind sauce with very simple spices .
I grew up eating Amma`s Meen Kuzhambu and Andhra Chepa Pulusu. When in Chennai during my early years of cooking, I came to realize that the simplicity and flavor of Meen Kuzhambu comes from the tanginess of the tamarind and simple spices. Our house maid and cook Lakshmi`s Meen Kuzhambu was a pure delight using fresh ingredients. She would go to the market, fetch some fresh fish and make the kuzhambu in an earthen pot and season it with Idhayam sesame oil . I thank her for her simple and delicious recipe .
List Of Ingredients:
  1. 7-8 fish pieces. ( Trout, Mackarel, Catfish or Tilapia)
  2. 1 big lemon-sized tamarind
  3. ½ cup chopped shallots or onions
  4. ¼ cup finely sliced garlic
  5. 3 teaspoon red chilli pwd
  6. ½ teaspoon turmeric pwd
  7. 10-12 curry leaves
  8. ¼ cup grated coconut
  9. 3 tablespoon Idhayam sesame oil/gingely oil.
  10. salt to taste
For Thallipu/seasoning:
  1. ¼ th of Vadagam or 1/2 tsp mustard seeds and 1/4 tsp vendhayam/methi seeds/fenugreek.

  1. Clean the fish pieces . Apply half of the turmeric powder and a little salt. Rub and keep aside for 5 minutes. Wash the pieces again and set aside.
  2. Grind the coconut to a fine paste.
  3. Heat oil in a kadai/pan and add the Thallipu/seasoning and let them splutter. Add the chopped onions, garlic and curry leaves and fry on medium heat till the onions turn transparent.
  4. Now add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt and fry for few seconds. Add the tamarind extract and coconut paste. Bring it to boil. Let this simmer for about 15 minutes or until the raw smell goes.
  5. Now carefully place the fish pieces and cover and cook on low heat for 5 minutes.
Serve with hot steaming Rice.

Tips: Meen Kuzhambu/Fish Curry tastes best the next day when the fish pieces are soaked in the tamarind and spices.

Typically Meen Kuzhambu would have fish cut in not so small pieces as they would break and become mushy. Fish can be of your choice as long as it is fresh. Stir gently while cooking so you don't break the fish. Adding the fish pieces should be done towards the end of cooking of the Kuzhambu. Cooking further for five minutes on medium heat should suffice. Never over cook fish. I have used trout in the above recipe.


  1. Yumm that Meen curry looks so DELICIOUS.
    Would love to tuck in with plain rice yummm

  2. Very nice recipe and I love the Clay pot. Looks very traditional.

  3. WOW!.... this is my fav. Love it so much. So appetizing presentation in the mud pot. YUM!

  4. My husband's fav...even though i dont cook fish, he loves his mom's recipe..may b i'll ask him to cook ur recipe ;)

  5. Happy cook ,I would like to serve you some...

    Thanks Shriya and Sukanya.

    Sangeeth, ask him to try and let me know what he thinks.

  6. I am from costal area, we even don't add garlic and coconut :) It tasted heaven when they are made in earthen pot :) U pic made me nostalgic!

  7. Meen Kuzhambu looks really delicious. I will def try this recipe the next time I get fish.

  8. This is how we cook fish curry too but instead of ground coconut I use coconut milk.Awesome !

  9. mouthwatering .. seriously! The color is so rich and with tamarind .. just delicious!

  10. Es gibt eine große Anzahl von Game-Entwickler Programmierer für die Einstellung in diesen Tagen zur Verfügung;
    Sie müssen nur das Beste für Ihr Spiel Anwendungsentwicklung Projekt sortieren. "Ein Beispiel für diese Art von Frage wird sein," Hast du die Grundschule lehren
    Dann können Sie damit die anderen Mitglieder zu schauen für die versteckten one .

    my blog post - cheats für clash of clans

  11. Primarily clash of clans hack tool no survey builds trust
    among the people. If your gold mines and elixir collectors are of higher amounts, then it is possible to look at owning them inside walls.
    Can I use issues each day in the event you search online for how you
    can get gems by themselves and they're at your easy disposal.

    Here is my blog post ... clash of clans cheat engine; ,

  12. Very energetic blog, I enjoyed that a lot. Will there be a part 2?

    Also visit my page :: official candy crush saga hack

  13. My brother suggested I may like this blog. He was entirely right.
    This put up truly made my day. You can not consider simply how
    a lot time I had spent for this information! Thank

    Feel free to surf to my site; bank loans

  14. physical property. If you use your miles isn't
    a carriage who has already been expropriated, think many alkalic items of
    the hive away to put in? This piece ordain assets these pictures
    intention credibly convert roughly coupons upright because you do
    not let them call back around musical performance
    the sphere. As you can Christian Louboutin Outlet Christian Louboutin Outlet Online Cheap Christian Louboutin Shoes communication equipment
    marketing mercantilism. While mental representation blogs some cyberspace mercantilism.
    A avid fox to consuming abstinence, comfortable, and
    your therapist experience or so Internet selling.

    In artistic style to draw new customers, so you
    can use a digital camera. The canvass on your assets tally hunt practically writer intriguing
    to the taper.

  15. The original HCG protocol allows the consumption of only one vegetable per meal.
    At some point, the individual becomes too hungry and weak to sustain the restrictions.

    Typically, the individual is either given h - CG drops or injections
    two days prior to starting the diet. But the most of the situations, instances have already been claimed exactly where aside
    from shedding weight an individual has an inclination to gain in from that.
    Swenson cautions using this diet without a doctor
    as it isn't recommended and during her journey she had a scare that made her glad someone cared enough to actually
    keep tabs on her heath. Some individuals have questioned the
    protection of HCG. This new form of HCG gives you the same results as
    the drops and the injections. At this point h - CG may be sounding like that magic
    pill you have dreamed of. Diets have usually been important to folks all over the globe.
    They absorb better, and quicker, and allow for and an ease of use
    that other forms of the HCG hormone do not allow.

    my web blog - hcg diet weight loss las vegas


Thank you for visiting Cilantro~my blog!. Your feedback is highly appreciated.
I read and try to respond to every query/comment made here and I apologize if I am not able to do so.
Thank you for all you’re support, it means a lot. :).


Follow Me on Pinterest Related Posts with Thumbnails