Meen Aanam / Malabar Style Fish Curry


300 gm fish pieces
1/2 cup grated coconut
4 shallots
1/4 tsp fennel seeds
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
3/4 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 onion, finely chopped
2 green chillies, slit
1/2 tsp ginger, crushed
1 tsp garlic, crushed
1 tomato, chopped
2 tsp tamarind soaked in 1/4 cup of water
2 sprig curry leaves
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
2 dry red chillies
salt to taste
oil as required


  1. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and add grated coconut, fennel seeds and shallots and roast it in low flame till light brown.
  2. Then add chilli powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder to this and mix well. 
  3. Remove from the flame and then grind it to a smooth paste adding little water and keep it aside.
  4. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan or manchatty and add chopped onion, green chillies, ginger, garlic and curry leaves and saute well.
  5. Add chopped tomato to this and saute well till soft.
  6. Then add ground coconut paste, tamarind water and enough water ( 1/2-1 cup) and mix well.
  7. When it boils, add cleaned fish pieces and salt and cook covered till done at low flame.
  8. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and add fenugreek seeds. Then add dry red chillies and curry leaves and fry.
  9. Switch off the flame and add this to the prepared curry.. Serve hot with pathiri, neer dosa etc…


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