Meen Ada (Fish Ada)


250 gm fish pieces
2 cup rice flour/ pathiri podi
1 onion, finely chopped
1 big tomato, chopped
3 green chillies, chopped
1 small piece ginger, chopped
2-3 shallots, chopped
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 cup grated coconut
few curry leaves
few coriander leaves


  1. Marinate the cleaned fish pieces with 1 tsp chilli powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and salt and keep it aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Grind grated coconut, coriander powder, 1/4-1/2 tsp chilli powder, pinch turmeric powder and fennel seeds together to a smooth mixture without adding water.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and fry the marinated fish pieces. Remove the bones from fried fishes and break each fish piece into small pieces and keep them aside.
  4. In the same oil, add chopped onion, ginger, green chillies and shallots and saute well.
  5. Add chopped tomato and saute till soft.
  6. Add ground coconut and little salt and saute for 2-3 minutes until the raw smell goes away and  it becomes dry.
  7. Then add fried fish pieces and mix well. Check for salt. 
  8. Add curry leaves and coriander leaves, mix well and cover and cook for 2-3 minutes on low flame. Remove from flame and keep it aside.
  9. Boil 2 cups of water in a sauce pan adding little salt. 
  10. In a bowl , add rice flour and pour the boiled water and mix well using a wooden spoon. Let it cool down for sometime and then knead it well to a soft and smooth dough, while it is still warm.
  11. Divide the dough into small balls and flatten each ball in banana leaf.     
  12. Add prepared fish masala on one side and gently fold over the other side and seal the edges (like adas..)..
  13. Repeat with the remaining dough and fish masala. Place them in a steamer and steam cook for 15-20 minutes..Serve hot.


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