Saturday, 19 January 2013

Fish Curry in Tirunelveli Style

My MIL is from tirunelveli & this recipe was given my her. My mom is from nagerkoil & her style of making fish curry will be different. I likee....both but dear hubby likes her mom's style so now my fish curry is in tirunelveli style :-)

Here's the recipe.


Fish - 10 pieces (cleaned & washed)
Tomato - 4
Onion - 3 (2 for grinding, 1 for frying)- chopped
Cumin seeds - 1 tbsp
Green chillis - 2
Tamarind - small-medium ball size
Garlic - 4/5 cloves
Coconut - half shell
Mustard seeds
Garam masala powder - 2 full tbsp
Curry leaves

Cooking Method:

1. Clean & wash the fishes & keep it aside.

2. Soak small-meduim ball size tamarind in 4 cups of water & keep it aside.

3. Grinding Mixture:

1st grind coconut & cumin seeds nicely in the mixer
2nd add onion to the coconut
3rd add tomatoes to the coconut

Prepare the grinding mixture & keep it ready.

4. Heat 5/6 tbsp of oil in a heavy bottom frying pan. Add mustard seeds. When mustard splatters add curry leaves & onion.

5. When onion turns transparent, add the " Grinding Mixture" &  garlic cloves. Reduce the flame to sim & fry the mixture for 10 mins.

6. Then add 2 full tbsp of garam masala powder & mix nicely. Let it cook for 10 mins.

*** less than 2 full tbsp of garam masala might give little sweet taste to the curry.

7. Next add the tamarind water, add salt and mix well. Allow the curry mixture to boil thicken.

8. Once the curry thickens to required consistency & no raw smell then place the fishes slowly in the curry. Cover it with the lid.

9. After 10 mins, once again mix the fish curry slowly without breaking the fishes. Cover with the lid and in the sim flame let it be for another 10 mins.

10. Spicy fish curry is ready. Serve hot with white rice.

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  1. Wow. love meen kulambu always. urs look fabulous.

  2. Love Fish curry and Tirunelveli is a place close to my heart in many ways..Will try this one :)

    1. R u from tirunelveli Divya....thanks for your comments dear.

  3. Thanks for your lovely comments.Happy to follow you , glad if you follow mine.

  4. Hi Helen,
    your meen curry is super tempting and fabulous. Thanks for visiting my space and leaving such wonderful words there. Glad to follow you back. Please keep in touch.

    today's recipe:

  5. Thanks for your lovely comment & visit Sonali :-)

  6. Meen kuzhambu looks so deliciousand inviting..
    First time here.. Following you..

  7. Looks yummy, fantastic recipe! Thanks Helen for visiting me and for your sweet words. Happy to follow you :)


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