Kuttanadan Meen curry - Country style Red Hot Fish curry

Kuttanadan Meen curry Vazhayila -2 
This is the my most favorite meen curry in the entire world and i bet there is nothing to beat the taste of a fish curry made with a kuttanadan flavor. I love this at any time of the day , even with Puttu as breakfast. Fish curry and puttu , I am telling you is such a yummy combo...

Usually this is made in a claypot ,( manchatti )back home , and that when it tastes the best. N loves this with kuthari choru and Moru kachiyathu and a thoran . oh Heaven!!!!

This  recipe for Kuttanadan style meen curry with kudampuli comes from my grandma and i can without any doubt say its the best i have ever had :).
Kuttanadan Meen curry Vazhayila -3 

Recipe for Ammachi's special Kuttanadan Meen curry( Nadan Meen vevichathu ) 
Serves - 4-6
Total cooking time :- 30 minutes
Recipe courtesy :- Amma and Ammachi
Fish - 3/4 - 1 kg
Tamarind(Kudampuli) - 4 medium pieces
Salt to taste
Coconut oil - 2 tablespoon
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - a large pinch
Bowl 1
Curry leaves - 7-8
Shallots - 10 nos chopped
Garlic chopped - 6-7 cloves
Ginger chopped - an inch piece
Green chilly - 2-3 slit slightly
Bowl 2
(Kashmiri) Red chilly powder - 1 - 2 table spoon( if u r using hot chili powder , use as per ur tolerance level , I sometimes add up to 3 tablespoons of Kashmiri red chilli powder)
Coriander powder - 1/2 to 1 tea spoon( optional, I prefer not to add this if you are keeping this for more than a day )
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Method :-
Clean and cut the fish into medium size pieces.
Soak Kudampuli in a cup of warm water  and keep it aside
In medium heat , heat oil in a wide mouthed pan or manchatti( clay pot) and add mustard seeds.When the mustard seeds start to splutter add fenugreek seeds , fry for 10 seconds .
Add all ingredients in Bowl 1 and saute till the raw smell disappears.
Make a paste with all ingredients in Bowl 2 adding 3-4 tablespoons of water; add to the pan and fry on a low heat till the oil separates. ( grandma says when u cough you know its done )
Add the soaked Kudampuli and water and if you want add 1/2 more cup water .Bring it to boil
Add the Fish pieces and cook on a medium heat till the fish is cooked( around 20 minutes) and the gravy is thick . Remove from heat
Let it stand covered for 30 minutes for all the flavors to blend in , before you serve
Kuttanadan Meen curry Vazhayila-1 Happy Cooking


Lijo said...

looks exactly like fish curry from my own kuttanad :)
keep going girl.
i want to taste it

Laya said...

My husband liked this very much.he said it tastes like the one fish curry we get in Toddy shop(kallu shap):P

niki said...

wowwww its an awesome mind blowing dish.... i loved itt...plsss all must try..................

RJ Ireland said...

Your recipes, photos, presentations..everything awesome.. i usually go through all the websites,which is related to cooking...but yours is different from others becoze it makes tempt to all to have wonderful dishes..i believe recipes is urs and photos & presentation by ur hubby..congrats for both of u...

Sarah Naveen said...

RJ Thanks ! but just to let u know...Pictures are arranged and taken by me ! N will be in office most of the time I make things for vazhayila , and he is not that interested in Photography :)..

RJ Ireland said...

Thats a good news...so u are a great cook and photographer too.. All the best..keep posting ur fantastic recipes..

chillujalakangal said...

Looks soo Yummy...I will Try THis ..Thank U..

Matthew said...

Soooopppper.we loved it !

joyse said...

are waah maza aa gaya

Sarah Naveen said...

Thanks Mathew and Joyse!

Sherin Deepu said...

loved the deep red colour of ur meencurry. mmmmm.

Anonymous said...

I made the curry today but it came out really spicy I mean tooooo spicy. I put one potato. I tasted not that much change. Sara can you help me. Me and my husband love your recipes tried lot of them. very good.

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Babitha said...

I made this meen curry and to tell you the truth it was THE BEST meen curry i have ever made.. It tasted too good.. Me and my hubby just loved it.. Really mouth watering dish. Thanks A lot Sarah for posting this and loved ur presentation.. Keep Going...

Tia said...

Hi Sarah, This is Treez your Instagram friend :) Thank you for a wonderful recipe. It was yummm!!

I have a request if you could also share a recipe of fish polichyathu? The one which is wrapped in banana leaf with masala ...:)

Have a good day!

Anonymous said...

great curry. the only thing i would change is to add more water. i cooked it in earthen ware which is what i prefer. and i added more curry leaves and more garlic and ofcourse hot red chili powder and kashmiri chili powder up to the 2 tablespoons as i love spicy dishes. the liquid seems to dissappear in the earthen ware the next day so next time i will add even more water. i love gravy. great dish. thank you

Leena said...

Sarah, I am guilty of not saying 'Thank you' after having prepared fish curry according to your reciepe multiple times, and hearing it being appreciated each time. That was a long sentence but absolutely true. You wiped away my dread of preparing 'a mean meen curry' !, Thank you very much.

Anu Priya said...

Best Recipe. I loved it. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe with us. Spices Online


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