Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Meen Pattichathu/ Spicy Kerala Fish Curry

fish curry
This weekend my hubby wanted to have his favorite Fish curry, Meen Pattichathu, a very popular dish from Kerala. I have seen my mom-in-law preparing this dish when ever we visited Cochin. The specialty of this dish is its fiery look and the hot n sour taste. Oily fishes like Mackerel, King Fish , Sardines, Pomfret are commonly used ; the oil of the fish enhances the flavor of this dish. To reduce the spice level and enhance the look of the dish, Kashmiri red chili powder can be used, I have used both, ie red chili powder and kashmiri chili powder for this recipe.Kudampuli, also known as Malabar tamarind/Fish tamarind is used in this recipe. Can substitute with normal tamarind. It's best if cooked in a clay pot and served with steamed tapioca/ steamed rice . 



Preparation time : 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves : 4 to 5



Ingredients :
  • 1 lb.  Fish, cut into small cubes
  • 1 tbsp Kashmiri chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1" ginger, chopped julienne
  • 3 kudampuli / a marble sized tamarind
  • 2 tbsp grated coconut
  • Salt, as required


kerala fish curry


For Tempering :
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • a few fenugreek seeds
  • 2 to 3, sprig- Curry leaves
  • 4 shallots, chopped lengthwise
  • 1 tbsp oil

preparing kerala dish
Directions:
  • Clean the fish and cut into small cubes. Mix red chili powder, kashmiri chili powder and turmeric powder with 2 tbsp of water. 
  • Add the fish pieces , chili and turmeric mix, kudampuli, chopped ginger and salt with 2 cups of water in the clay pot, cover and bring to a  boil.
  • Next add the grated coconut , and let cook for another 5 to 7 minutes or until the gravy thickens.
  • For the tempering , heat a tbsp of oil , add the mustard and the fenugreek seeds, once the mustard seeds starts to sputter , add the curry leaves and the chopped shallots, fry till the shallots turn brown.
  • Add the tempering to the fish curry before taking off the stove.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice /Tapioca.



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61 comments:

  1. Ohhhh what a look yaaarrrrr........mouth watering here

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  2. Shhooo...kothipichu ketto....vayayil vellam vannu..

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  3. That dish makes my stomach rumbles ! ;D Delish !

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  4. woow..mouthwatering...with clay pot i know it is awesome...missing ....alot this type of fish curry...

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  5. wow!!! i got to learn to make this.Its awesome...but some obstacles here in getting the ingredients anyway I will try this really looks awesome....best with pratha

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  6. Wow...Have the sourness in my mouth Sonali..Hope you enjoyed this one.

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  7. Meen curry has come out perfect....YUM!

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  8. Wow!,Super droolworthy Fish Curry Dear!. Delish!

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  9. yummy!.........absolutely droolworthy!

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  10. Yummy and making me drool. Feel like having some now

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  11. That looks really yummy and nice presentation too. Love the clay pot!

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  12. Your fish looks awesome...I feel like having fish for breakfast now :-) I made something similar following a recipe of vahchef and we polished it off before I could take photographs for a blog post...I love the tartness that tamarind brings to fish gravy...

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  13. wow....yummy fish curry....superb and the presentation is awesome dear

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  14. So yummy!!! I love fish but lack culinary skills and my mom hasn't tried anything fancy for me - I'll recommend these recipes to her. Thank u for posting these up! :)

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  15. Shrimp cucumber stir fry---delicious! I can't get over how great your blog is and the recipes are awesome! I get your updates on my Facebook and i love it! Hey--saw your comment on my blog and wanted to say thanks. i love to hear that I made someone smile for the day. Thanks again for sharing these great recipes----I live in South Florida on the beach, so we're always looking for new ways to cook seafood!

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  16. Makes me drool..looks super tempting.

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  17. Awesome Recipe Dear..Bookmarking it to try soon..

    Aarthi
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  18. Very nice..
    Saranya
    http://nicesaranya.blogspot.com/
    http://www.foodandtaste.blogspot.com/

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  19. looks very yummy, i have tasted this a few times...

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  20. this is totally hawt!! Loved the tip about serving with tapioca. Fish coconut cooked in a clay pot.. what more can one ask for.

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  21. This is my husbands favorite too.The curry looks so fiery and delicious.

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  22. I love spicy food and this looks delish! Lovely with rice!

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  23. This just looks so yummy and mouthwatering...can't wait to try it.

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  24. oh wow!!looks so spicy,delicious & mouthwatering here....This is a must try recipe,thanks for sharing with 'Hot & Spicy Treats'

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  25. Kerala fish curry looks yummy. Bookmarked it. Happy holi.

    Cuisine Delights
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  26. oh my. Wish i could have a taste. Unfortunately we don't have some of the ingredient here in Nigeria.

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  27. Simply mouthwatering and love your photos too!

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  28. Can you see how bad Im salivating here looking at your curry dear? I know Im a vegan for a month but can't help myself! Droooooooools! Incredible curry...;)

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  29. I am just trying to imagine a bite of the flake of the fish and that firey sauce-yum! That last picture is calling my name. Sure wish that bowl was here instead of there. Delicious savory post!

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  30. U r just awesome.very unique recipes with nice pics.....and this looks really delicious n like inviting...
    Maha

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  31. This curry looks just amazing! Great presentation too!

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  32. K.. where can I come to taste this.!!!! looks amazing..

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  33. Yummy dish..jus made this at home.

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  34. Love the colour this looks so good and spicy ...yum:)

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  35. this looks delicious!! wish i could take a bite right now!

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  36. Gosh!! i'm drooling here!!! You've perfectly made & the dish looks really spicy & tasty!!!! Your click makes it more tempting :)

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  37. This is a beautiful spicy fish curry. I must say, the last photograph is absolutely gorgeous.
    I only have "cayenne" pepper (chile), I guess I could mix it with paprika to get the proper heat level.
    Thanks for the recipe.

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  38. Oh, what a beautiful dish. Unfortunately, my family does not like hot and fiery, but I'd have to try a sample :)

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  39. wow... fish curry looks fantastic... authentic and delicious looking...will try this for sure... thanks for sharing the recipe..

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  40. wah masakanya emang top. saya jadi pingin makan liat masakan begini

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  41. Looks really great!

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  42. this is my fave fish recipe..just drooling over ur pics...is ur hubby from kerala?

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  43. yes dear Ramya my hubby's from kerala :-)n thank u so so much all of u for ur kind words :-)

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  44. Looks delicious! Hubby would love the spice!!

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  45. Awesome fish Curry, love them with Tapioca :-)
    Hey you can send it for The Kitchen Event at my pace

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  46. Delicious shots! But I am trying to figure out why you call it 'Meen Pattichathu'.

    Keep blogging, Sonali...

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  47. Hi there, you have nice collection of fish recipes. Will be visiting you more often.. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog and keep visiting :)

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  50. wah,,,
    makananya enak" jadi pengen nih..

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