Meen peera is one of our favorite side with choru , and tilapia works just fine for this prep. A beautiful and delicious mix of Fish tamarimd ( kudampuli ) , coconut and mild spices , makes this stir fry a welcome member in any nadan meals.
Recipe for nadan kerala style meen peera pattichathu with Tilapia
Tilapia - 4 fillets
Kudampuli ( fish tamarind) - 3 to 4
Shallots or onion chopped - 1/8 th of a cup
Green chiles - 2 chopped
Crushed peppercorns - 1/4 tea spoon
Grated coconut - 1 cup
Green chiles - 2-3 chopped
Ginger chopped - an inch piece
Gralic chopped - 2-3 cloves
Red chilli powder - a pinch
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tea spoon
Salt to taste
Soak Kudampuli in 1/2 cup water for 15 minutes.
Grind all items in Bowl 1 to a coarse paste in food processor or blender without adding water
Heat a manchatty or a heavy bottomed pan and add a table spoons of oil and when it smoking hot add mustard seeds. when they splutter add curry leaves , shallots , gren chili and saute till teh raw smell disapperas , for like 3-4 minutes.
Arrange half of fish pieces,sprinkle crushed pepper corns ,some curry leaves , half of the coconut paste and fish tamarind with water and and arrange the remaining fish and coconut paste on top. Add 1/2 cup more water if needed and cook covered for 20-25 minutes in low flame.
Uncover and drizzle some coocnut oil and curry leaves on top and give a gentle stir :)..serve warm