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 :).
Recipe for Ammachi's special Kuttanadan Meen curry( Nadan Meen vevichathu )
Serves - 4-6
Total cooking time :- 30 minutes
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
Curry leaves - 7-8
Shallots - 10 nos chopped
Garlic chopped - 6-7 cloves
Ginger chopped - an inch piece
Green chilly - 2-3 slit slightly
(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
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 serveHappy Cooking