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Mar 28, 2014

Meen Mulakittathu Recipe / Kerala Fish Curry Recipe / Spicy Red Fish Curry Recipe

I have mentioned this lots of time before, hubby is a fish lover, he will go crazy for fish. But most of the time my fish curry has coconut in it, i know coconut is not that healthy. So i wanted to try a perfect no coconut fish curry. To my luck, one of my friend posted a picture of this fish curry in facebook. It was so yummy and i just wanna try it. I asked her for the recipe. She gave me a beautifully illustrated word file with this amazing recipe. Couple weeks back i decided to give it a try and it turned out amazing..

Hubby loved it too and the flavour of kasuri methi just pops out of the curry. I love the additional finishing touch of curry leaves and coconut oil. The coconut flavour just pop out so much. So try this out and let me know how it turned out..

Check out my Hubby's Fish Curry Recipe & No Coconut Tangy Fish Curry Recipe too. You can also browse all my fish curry recipes..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 25 to 30 mins
Serves : 4 to 5


Fish - 500 grams cut into chunks
Oil - 1 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds / Methi Seeds / Vendayam - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 2 sprig
Ginger - 1 tblspn chopped finely
Shallots - 10 sliced thinly
Tomatoes - 2 small chopped finely
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp + 1/2 tspgravy
Salt to taste
Tamarind Pulp - 2 tblspn 
Water as needed
Dried Kasuri methi leaves - 1 tblspn
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
Coconut Oil - 2 tblspn


Marinate fish with some salt and 1/2 tsp turmeric powder for 10 mins.

Heat oil in a earthernwater kadai. Add in mustard seeds, cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds. Saute for a min.

Add in ginger and curry leaves and saute for 30 secs.

Now add in sliced shallots and saute for a couple of mins till it is light golden.

Add in tomatoes and saute for 5 mins till it is mushy.

Now add in salt and spice powders. Saute for 30 sec.

Now add in fish pieces and toss well in the masala.

Pour in some water and tamarind pulp. Mix well. Bring it to boil and simmer for 8 to 10 mins covered.

Now add in kasuri methi leaves and mix well. Cover and simmer for couple more mins again.

Switch off the heat. Now open the lid add in curry leaves and coconut oil. let it sit covered for 2 mins.

Serve with rice.

Take all your ingredients

Take fish in a bowl, add in salt and turmeric

Mix it well
Heat oil in a kadai

Add in mustard, cumin and fenugreek

Add in ginger and curry leaves

saute it well

Add in sliced shallots

Saute for a couple of mins
Add in tomatoes

Add in chilli, turmeric and pepper powder

Add in salt

mix well

Add in marinated fish

pour in water

mix well

add in tamarind pulp

mix well

cover and cook

cook till the fish is tender

Add kasuri methi leaves

cover and simmer for a couple of mins


sprinkle in curry leaves

drizzle in coconut oil

fish curry done



  1. Hi Aarthi fish curry is tempting...all ur recipe is awesome n u pics helps us too...great job...
    Would like to know which fish did u use?and wht kind of fish can be used?

  2. @lavanya aminI used a fish called therachi. You can use any firm white fleshed fish

  3. Looks Yummy Aarthi... Gonna try this for dinner tonight...

  4. Hi
    Seems like a good fish curry , but as of my knowledge the authentic Kerala fish curry or meen mulakittatu doesn't need methi leaves and cumin seeds in it. May be ur version . Just take it ease and passing the msg only for ur information..

  5. Hi Arthi

    Fish curries has different styles from various parts of kerla. For mulakittatu you need to fry the dry powders in oil in a small flame & the fish has to be added after the tamarind and water comes to a boil. Also Jeera and the kasuri methi is what am hearing for the first time. However You have blessed hands and keep up your good job. Cooking is my passion aswell and I Love it when some new inputs come in . Hope you understand in the same way.

  6. Hi Arthur, I too hail from NGL and I love ur blog to its core due to its simplicity. But, as u said in this post, coconut and its oil r not unhealthy.....do ur own research


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