Fish / Meen Kuzhambu

Fish Kuzhambu a favorite dish for many, the taste of it increases day by day.Fish Fry and Fish Kuzhambu are my DH's most favorite items.He enjoys its taste in each and every spoonful. Last weekend I prepared both Fish Kuzhambu and Fish Fry, as usual he liked it very much and I am soo happy :). I prepared this with Sill Fish ( English : Herring, Tamil: Nunalai, Koimeen, Malayalam: Kannan Mathi, Hindi: Hilsa, Bhing) you can use the same procedure for all other fishes.
Main Dish
4 servings
15 min
20 min



For Grind :


  • Marinate fish with salt, turmeric, chilli powder ( each one tsp) for 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Step 2 - Fish / Meen Kuzhambu
    Heat 1 tblsp oil in a pan and add ingredients listed under to grind one by one. Let it cool for sometime and grind the mixture. Keep it aside.
  • Step 3 - Fish / Meen Kuzhambu
    Heat 2 tblsp oil in a pan, add mustard seeds once it splutters a add onions and curry leaves saute it till onions become translucent, then add tomato and saute it for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Step 4 - Fish / Meen Kuzhambu
    Then add ground paste and saute it till the oil oozes out, add tamarind juice to it and mix well.
  • Add required amount of water, if you want the gravy to be little watery, also add chilli powder,salt as per taste and add 2 tsp on turmeric powder to it and mix well. Let it cook for 10 minutes till the oil oozes out.
  • Step 6 - Fish / Meen Kuzhambu
    Add marinated fish to the gravy, close the lid of the pan, In-between mix the gravy very gently and cook for another five minutes.
  • Step 7 - Fish / Meen Kuzhambu
    Gently take out all the cooked fishes using spatula and place it in the bowl, then pour the fish gravy into the bowl.( This prevents the fish from breaking down into pieces). Serve it Hot.


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