Meen curry - Fish curry Kerala style

Cooking time: 10 min. / 30 min.Difficulty: easy


I really enjoyed this fish curry. Yes, it was quite spicy, but the taste was balanced nicely with the coconut sauce. I had this great dish with an amazing muslim family. We were eating on roof of their house in Kerala in south of India. Super nice picnic ;)


Mix tamarind with a bit of water, remove seeds and put into blender water included. Add grated coconut, shallots, chili powder, turmeric and blend into a fine paste. Add a bit of water for easier blending.

Pour the mix into a large pot. Add curry leaves, tomato, green chilies and salt to taste. Stir in water, but not too much that the sauce doesn`t get too watery. Bring to a boil and cook 5-10 minutes on a small heat, covered. Add fish and cook 15-20 more minutes, covered. Just before the end of cooking remove lid that the sauce gets thicker.

Serve with rice.


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Video recipe

Meen curry - Fish curry Kerala style

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For 4 portions:

  • 600g fish gutted - whole small ones or large ones cut on pieces or horseshoes
  • fresh grated coconut
  • 4 red shallots
  • 1-2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp tamarind pulp or paste
  • 10 curry leaves
  • salt
  • 1 large tomato sliced
  • green chilies

Side dish:

  • rice

Authentic tools needed:

  • coconut scraper
  • clay pot
  • blender
  • rice cooker
  • Indian muslim family in a fishing village in Kerala, India.
  • Surfing in a fishing village in Kerala, India.
  • Beautiful beach in Kerala, India.