Malabar meen curry/meen mulakittathu

Main Dish
4 servings
15 min
30 min
A Spicy fish curry from Kannur


Number of serving: 4
Fish - 1/2 Kg

Onion - 2 Sliced

Green Chilly - 4

Ginger - 1" piece

Tomato - 2 medium

Tamarind - 2 small lemon sizes(Indian Lime)(Soaked in 1 cup of water)

Turmeric powder - 1/2 Tsp

Red Chilly powder - 21/2 Tbsp

Grated coconut - 1/2 cup

Water - 1/2 cup

Garlic crushed - 5

Curry Leaves - 2 Sprigs

Coconut Oil/Oil- 2 Tbsp


  • Grind grated coconut with water into a very smooth paste. Keep aside.
  • Heat a manchatti/ pan, add oil, add onion, green chilly ,ginger and tomato. Saute till onions are pink and tomato is cooked well.
  • Add turmeric powder and red chilly powder. Saute for 2 minutes.
  • Nicely mixed the tamarind with your hand, Strain the juice into the masala mix. Mix well. Add salt. Bring it boil.(Do not pour the whole liquid, as you need to adjust it later.)
  • Add coconut paste to it. Let it boil nicely for 10 minutes. Now add the fresh and cleaned fish pieces to it.

    Stir the manchatti/pan with your hand. Do not use spoon. Check the sourness of the curry. If less tangy, add more tamarind juice.
  • Close the lid and let the fish cook on low flame. Add curry leaves. Cook it the oil separates from the sides.
  • When done off the flame and add crushed garlic. Let the curry rest it manchatti itself till it is served.

    Adjust the amount of tamarind, and red chilly powder according to your taste.


Malabar Meen Curry/Meen Mulakittathu, photo 1
Malabar Meen Curry/Meen Mulakittathu, photo 2


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