Meen Mulakittathu/ Spicy Red Fish Curry

            Meen Mulakittathu is a spicy fish curry usually served with mashed tapioca or steamed rice.This curry tastes best the day after it is prepared..I used mullet fish for preparing this curry, you can use any firm fish..


1/2 kg fish, cleaned and cut into pieces
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
12-15 whole dried kasmiri chillies/ piriyan mulaku
15 shallots, sliced (1/2 cup)
2 tbsp ginger, finely chopped
2 green chillies, slit
2 small piece kudampuli/ gambooge
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 cups water
a pinch of fenugreek powder
curry leaves
2 tbsp oil


  1. Grind dried kashmiri chillies and tomatoes together to a paste and keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a clay pot(manchatti) or pan and add chopped ginger and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Add green chillies and curry leaves and saute. Add sliced shallots and saute till it turns light brown.
  4. Add ground paste and turmeric powder and saute well till oil separates from the sides.
  5. Add cleaned fish pieces and mix well. Add 2 cups of water, salt and gambooge/kudampuli and bring to boil.
  6. Reduce the fire to lower flame and cook until the gravy thickens. ( Don’t stir after the fish is cooked, just swirl the manchatti/pan).
  7. Add a pinch of fenugreek powder and curry leaves. Switch off and keep the curry covered…Serve with mashed tapioca or rice…

Recipe Source: Magic Oven, Kairali T V



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