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Meen Kulambu/Fish Curry with Coconut

Poornima Porchelvan
15 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Meen Kulambu/Fish Curry with Coconut RECIPE

Our home-style fish curryand our family's favorite! You can try this recipe with all kind of fishes, it suits well not just with rice but also Idli, Dosa, Uthappam, etc, as well.

Recipe Tags

  • Non-veg
  • Medium
  • Everyday
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Boiling
  • Main Dish
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. Fish -10 pieces (clean and cut into regular pieces)
  2. onion -1 chopped
  3. tomato -1 (chopped)
  4. garlic - 2 or 3 cloves (finely chopped)
  5. tamarind (puli) -1 big lemon sized ball
  6. coriander powder- 4 tsp
  7. chilli powder- 2 tsp
  8. turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
  9. oil -2 tbsp
  10. salt to taste
  11. To grind: coconut - 1/2 cup (grated), Fennel seeds- 1/4 tsp (optional)
  12. For seasoning: Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp, Curry leaves - a few, Fennel seed - 1 tsp


  1. Grind the coconut and fennel seed with a little water to make a fine paste. Keep aside. Soak the tamarind in 2 cups of water.
  2. Take a wide kadai, add oil and season with fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds,curry leaves.
  3. Once it splutters, fry the garlic, onion and chilli. Add the dry spice powders and fry for a few minutes, then immediately add tomato and salt. If you think it is sticking to the pan add in a little water.
  4. After the tomato melts, add the tamarind extract and coconut paste. Stir it well and allow to boil and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Once oil leaves the sides of the pan, add the fish. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes and add few curry leaves before removing from stove and close the lid to enhance the taste.
  6. Allow it to rest for some time. Serve it hot with steamed white rice, idli or dosa.

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