Kerala fish curry (meen pattichathu)

Main Dish
4 servings
15 min
20 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 4
Fish: ½ kg.

Kudam puli: 3 or 4.

Kashmiri red chilly powder:5 or 6 tsp.

Turmeric: A pinch.

Pepper powder: ½ teaspoon.

Mustard seeds: ½ teaspoon.

Fenugreek or uluva seeds: ¼ teaspoon. (Refer note)

Button onions chopped: 7 or 8. (Refer note)

Garlic chopped: 4 or 5 cloves.

Ginger chopped: 1 inch.

Green chillies: 2.

Curry leaves.

Salt to taste.


  • In a chatti pour little oil and crack the mustard seeds and the fenugreek seeds.
  • Add chopped onions, garlic, ginger, green chillies and sauté till light brown.
  • Put in the chilly powder, turmeric and fry for a little time.
  • Pour little water and put in cleaned puli, salt, and curry leaves.
  • Put in the fish and when it boils leave to simmer for 10 -20 minutes and add the pepper powder.
  • When the fish is done add more curry leaves.


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