Thenga Aracha Meen curry / Fish curry in Coconut sauce


At least some of my regular readers  have been thinking I am cooking up a storm in my Kitchen. I got 2-3 e-mails asking the same :). But I am not :)..I am just trying to clear out my drafts so that I would get some inspiration to cook. ..Oh ..Oh ...definetly not that I got rid of my indolence all of a sudden. sigh!

In fact no exotic mallu dishes have been cooking in the kitchen for some time other than Dosa and Idli :). Oh come on, I need to give my  alpha geek breakfast !!!

The ease of cooking Baked chicken , Grilled Fish and vegetables makes dinner effortless and N is always ready to take left overs  if he has a brown bag session.


In Todays Recipe , Tilapia fillets are cooked in a ground coconut spice paste and flavored with Kudampuli or gamboge , popularly known as Fish tamarind. My mom always make Meen vevichathu(Kottayam Style fish curry) at home , ie like every day. But she makes this occasionally and especially after talking to my mom's sister in cherthala. I guess this is a famous prep in Alappuzha - Cherthala area. The curry itslef is rich with coconut paste, I love this so much , and do not necessarily need anything else with rice.  But as you see, there is a Mathanga - Pappaya thoran( recipe below in this post) on the side which I made for N's love for Thoran 


Recipe for Thenga Arachu vecha kudampuliyitta Naadan meen curry  

Ingredients:-
Fish - 500gms ( I used 4 Tilapia Fillets )
Grated coconut - 1 cup
Red chili powder - 1.5 - 2 tea spoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tea spoon
Kudampuli / Malabar Fish tamarind / Gambooge - 2 medium pieces
Shallots - 4-5 nos chopped or half of a small onion
Garlic sliced - 6 cloves
Ginger sliced - a small piece
Green chili sliced - 3
Curry leaves - a handful
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tea spoon
Fenugreek seeds- 1/4 tea spoon
Salt to taste
Oil - 2-3 table spoon

Directions:-

Clean and cut fish fillets to 2-3 pieces
Clean and Soak Kudampuli in 1/2 cup warm water for 5-10 minutes.
Grind Grated coconut , red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt to taste to a very fine paste by adding a little water. Set aside
Heat oil in a Pan - preferably a clay pot ( Manchatti) , or an ordinary cooking pan .
When the oil is hot add mustard seeds. When they pop up add fenugreek seeds and fry for 30 seconds.
Add sliced shallots, ginger, garlic, green chiles and curry leaves. saute well for 3-4 minutes
Add the ground coconut paste and fry for a minute or two.
Add soaked kudampuli along with  water , salt to taste( if needed) and combine well. 
Add 1/4 -1/2 cup water more only if you need more gravy.
Add  fish pieces and cook covered for 15-20 minutes or till its cooked.
Uncover it, drizzle a little oil and a few more curry leaves over it and simmer for 5-8 minutes .
Serve warm with Rice.


Recipe for Mathanga + Pappaya Thoran
Ingredients:-
Pappaya chopped - 1 cup
Mathanga Chopped - 1 cup
Grated coconut - 2-3 table spoon
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Shallots chopped - 2-3 
Garlic -1 clove
Green chili chopped - 2 nos
Curry leaves 
Mustard seeds
Salt to taste
Oil


Crush shallots, garlic and green chili in a mortar and pestle.
Add this to grated coconut and salt to taste and mix well with your hands.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. when they pop up add curry leaves.
Add chopped vegetables to it and mix well.
Sprinkle 2-3 table spoons of water , keep everything to the centre. Cook covered for 4-5 minutes. 
Sprinkle more water if not is not cooked.
Add coconut mix and simmer for couple of minutes stirring occasionally until is done and dry.

Cheers
Sarah

41 comments:

Umm Mymoonah said...

If it's a Kerala style fish curry, it definitely must taste good, both are perfect combination.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow nice combination, fish curry is my fav...luv ur version looks very delicious and apt with steamed rice

Rumana Rawat said...

Wow!!! what a beautiful presentation. why don't u send it to my event:)

aipi said...

Gorgeous pictures dear..am totally loving the color of your dish!!


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SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

wow very delicious !!! amazing pics

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Just heaven.. rice and meen curry... perfect weekend lunch... Fabulous clicks...

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Nitha said...

love that fish curry... yummyy....

Jeen said...

This is the kind of every day fish curry my amma make .
This picture looks amazing sara

Tina said...

ingane kothipikkanno...kidilan....

SheenaBabu said...

Beautiful presentation And yummy Fish curry

Torviewtoronto said...

this looks wonderful love that the dishes have coconut in it

Smitha said...

looks soo good and beautiful....fish and coconut surely go good together!
Smitha
Smitha's Spicy Flavors

S.Menaga said...

Both recipes are perfect!!

Plateful said...

Adipoli, Sarah- pictures, recipe and choice of dishes!! Your photographs are tempting me to go make this for lunch tomorrow!

Kairali sisters said...

YUmm yumm..This is excatly like i make thenga aracha meen curry..Eniku vishannu thudangy ketto

Priya said...

Beautiful clicks, fingerlicking fish curry,both looks inviting..

Swathi said...

Adipoli meen curryum thoranum. Kothippichu

deepti said...

Wonderfully Presented.....Its the same way v make here too...Simply Mouthwatering.
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Reshmi Mahesh said...

Ithu super....drooling here...

Suja Sugathan said...

Adipoli meen curry,my mom makes this similarly..kothipuchu:)

An Open Book said...

i am def trying this out, probably with prawn though cos i don get tilapia or king fish

Jisha Dil said...

adipoli ayittundu...ende fav aanu...

Shobha said...

Mouthwatering curry and the thoran is new to me ..never made this with papaya.

Suman Singh said...

Fish curry sounds spicy and yummy..Love the color..looks so tempting!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Fish Curry looks so yummy and wonderful. Can't take my eyes off it.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Angie's Recipes said...

Love fish curry and yours looks so very tempting!

Only Fish Recipes said...

woww...your fish curry looks really yum !!!!loved it...I'm a big fan of kerala fish curries

Shanavi said...

Wonderful combo and the colour of the fish gravy is so bright I wanna take that bowl rt away n njoy with some rice or dosaaaaaa

Sushma Mallya said...

Looks absolutely amazing:)

Rekha shoban said...

sarah, lovely pic da....adipoli ayyittundu....kothiyavunu!

Zareena said...

Sarah, very nice presentation and the combination of thoran and curry in hot rice will be excellent. Such lovely clicks... You rock :)

Soumya Vineeth said...

This is simply awesome, I will lick the bowl too!

Biny Anoop said...

wow great recipe and awesome clicks.......and did i tell u...dats a nice change to ur space;love the new look

Nikki said...

Love both of the dishes,,,the fotos just are soooooooo good.now i'm tempted to make them.
yummmmmmmmmmm

Nostalgia said...

Awesome! Love this curry.

Mini said...

Sarah,

Good recipe. Jus came back from my first kerala trip. So good. I have been to thekkady, munnar, kochi and backwaters. so beautiful, but did'nt get a chance to taste actual kerala cooking, almost all the restaurants have north indian food.

Dimah said...

Great recipe..looks absolutely wonderful!

Dimah said...

Great recipe..looks absolutely wonderful!

Madhu said...

Good thing you are clearing up your drafts sarah...i am going to try out fish your way tomorrow :)

Yummy Team said...

Randum adipoli aayittundu..Great pics, Sarah..

Krishnaveni said...

looks super delicious

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