Mar 13, 2012

Varutharacha Meen Kulambu / Fish Cooked in a Freshly Ground Coconut Masala

When it comes to making curries or any kulambu, I love making it from scratch…I mean making it from roasting whole spices till it turn nutty and dark and grinding it to form the base of the gravy..This gives you the maximum flavour and this what makes the curry taste like a proper CURRY..Ofcourse there are certain curries that can be made in minutes..Infact I have a separate section called Curry in a Hurry, You can check that..This curry is not that instant kind..It needs some effort but once the masala is done, cooking can be done in 30 mins.

I am not so fond of fish, I have a few fish recipes in my blog, you can check all of them here….I made this a month back and I served it with a simple fish fry…I hope you will like this a lot and let me know what you think..


Fish – 300 gms cubed ( any fish of your choice)
Salt to taste
Coconut Oil- 2 tblspn
Shallots /Sambar Onion – 3 finely chopped

For Roasting and Grinding:
Coconut – 1 cup
Coriander Seeds / Kothamalli  – 1 tblspn
Dry Red Chilli – 4 or to taste
Shallots / Sambar Onion– 5
Garlic – 5 cloves
Tamarind – 1 small Piece / 2 tblspn if using paste
Curry leaves – 2 spring


In a pan add all ingrediants except tamarind and fry till it turns dark brown. Now add tamarind to the mixture and make into a smooth paste.

Transfer this to a kadai along with some water. Add salt to taste and bring it to boil.Cover and simmer till oil separates.

Now add in the fish pieces and mix well.Cover and simmer again for 8-10 mins.

Heat coconut oil in a pan and add chopped shallots and fry for 3 mins.

Pour this over the fish curry and mix well.

Serve with rice and fish fry.
Take all your ingrediants
Take your favorite fish
add all roasting ingrediants in a pan..
start frying
fry till it turns dark golden
like this
transfer to a blender
add tamarind
and grind again
trasfer to a kadai
add salt
bring it to a boil
cover and simmer till oil separates
now add fish
and let it cook
cover and cook
till oil separates again
heat coconut oil
add shallots and fry till golden
pour this over the curry
Mix and serve
Taste great with rice

Check out all my fish recipes ...Click on the image for recipe..

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Keralan Fish Fry
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Fish Fry
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Stir Fry Fish
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Bengali Fish Curry
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Fish Molee


  1. wow...yummy n authenic curry....

  2. Aarthi this looks delicious! I never would have dreamed something like this. Wonderful!! ~Megan

  3. Wow this is awesome fish curry..drool

  4. yummy..yaravathu ippadi samaichi koduthanalla irukum :)

  5. I've never had curry with tamarind, but it sure looks good!

  6. look and sounds really yummy!!

  7. this gravy looks just awesome.mouthwatering dish...thanx dear 4 sharing this.........

  8. Your recipes are simply amazing! Loved the method of preparation of this fish curry...I would love to have that rice & fish on the banana leaf right now!!

  9. Curry looks very delicious Aarthi..will try this!!

  10. Lovely, this recipe ios very similar to how we Keralites prepare Theeyal...

  11. My all time fav Aarthi.The aroma reached here.Am drooling..So yummy and homely.

  12. yumm yumm and just yumm...thanks for sharing

  13. This fish probably taste fantastic with all of these ingredients! I like it!

  14. Sounds delicious and looks tempting.


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