Jul 17, 2014

Chettinad Fish Curry Recipe / Chettinad Meen Kuzhambu Recipe

Okay..Its not been a while since i shared a fish recipe in this blog. Here i am with another one. I made this just today and cant wait to share it with you because of the yumminess in it. This curry has a real chettinad flavour but in a mild way. Since fish is so delicate you dont want to over power it with any strong flavours. 

I served it with plain rice and the meal was amazing. I am not much of a fish lover, but this dish tasted so yummy like a chicken curry. The aroma was just like that. You have to try it to believe it..

You can use any of you favorite fish in this recipe. But my favorite is paarai, it came out good. I loved the colour of this curry too, it was bright red and tasted delicious..Hope you will try this and let me know how it turned out..I want you to check my other fish curry recipes too..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 35 to 45 mins
Serves : 4 to 5


Fish - 1/2 kg ( I used paarai fish) 
Oil - 1 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Onion - 1 small chopped finely
Tomato - 1 large cut into long slices
Curry Leaves a sprig
Coriander Leaves - 2 tblspn finely chopped

For Sauteing and Grinding:
Oil - 1 tblspn
Fennel Seeds / Saunf / Sombu - 1 tblspn
Onions - 1 large sliced
Garlic Paste - 1 tblspn
Tomato - 1 large chopped
Chilli Powder - 1 tblspn or to taste
Coriander Powder - 2 tblspn 
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Coconut - 1/2 cup grated


Heat oil in a earthernware kadai. Add in fennel seeds and saute it for a min.

Add in onions and saute for a min. Add in garlic and saute for 30 sec. Add in tomatoes and saute well.

Add in spice powders and saute for a min. Add in coconut and mix well. Take that in blender and puree it well. 

Now in the same kadai, add in oil and heat it. Add in mustard seeds and crackle it.

Add in onions and curry leaves. Saute till is golden.

Add in coconut masala and mix well. Cook till oil separates. Add in the long sliced tomatoes and toss well.

Add in tamarind pulp and some water. Mix it well and bring it to boil. 

Add in fish pieces and mix well. Season with salt.

Simmer this for 8 to 10 mins till the fish is done. Add in coriander leaves and mix well.

Serve with rice..

Take all your ingredients

Clean your fish well

Heat oil in a kadai

Add in fennel seeds 

Add in onions 

saute it till it is translucent

add in garlic paste

Add in chopped tomatoes

saute till translucent

Add in spice powders

saute it well

add in grated coconut

saute it well

Add it in blender

till it is smooth

Heat oil in a kadai

Add in mustard seeds

Add in onions and curry leaves

saute it well

saute till it is brown

Add in ground masala

saute it well in the oil

add in salt 

cook for few mins

Add in tomatoes

Toss well

Add in tamarind pulp

some more water

mix well

add in fish pieces

mix well and cook

cover and simmer

stir in between

Cook till oil separates, it will take only 8 to 10 mins
by which time the fish will be cooked

add in coriander leaves

mix well



  1. it looks yummy, but u have mentioned one tblspoon oil, but the curry looks more oily after done...

  2. I've been following your blog lately. I'm newly married and your blog is helping to get started with South Indian cooking. Just wanted to thank you for having the heart to share your recipes. Keep up the good work!

  3. @AnonymousThe oil from the coconut will leach out when you simmer for a while...Hence it looks oily

  4. When ppl are appreciating, u must thank them or give attention to them, when u started the blog u used to thank the all d ppl who has visited now u r not doing, i hope u understand.

    i have one query about fish, i used to add the fish at the end of switch off the flame else it could be broken, but u r cooking till oil seperates but the fish was still in its original shape. is there any secret method behind that?

  5. @AnonymousHello, thanks for your comment, i know i must be appreciating my viewers, but for me finding time is the hard thing with my lil one. I am in a busy schedule right now, somehow i find some time to answers people queries. Hope you get it. At the end, i love my viewers without you all me and my blog is nothing..

    And regarding your query, after we add the coconut masala, we will saute it till oil separates and then add tamarind pulp and water and fish. Now when we simmer it for 8 to 10 mins by which time the fish will be cooked and oil will separate. there is no much secret in that except slow cooking.

  6. Wow...luks so yummmy ginna try it tody

  7. Hi Aarthi- just tried ur chettinad fish curry , came out really well. I am from Kerala and so was getting bored with our regular kerala fish curry with and without coconut-so this is a very welcome change for me. Thanks and keep blogging!

  8. Hi Aarthi
    Tried this today... came out well,. Was yummy.. Thanks a lot......

  9. Hi Aarthi
    Tried this today... came out so well.. was yummy.. Thanks a lot....

  10. Hello.... I tried it today ... But I added some cumin n peppercorns in the beginning while using the fennel seeds... It came out so good.. Thanks.....

  11. Nice dish please tell me onion tomotto in grams

  12. Hi it's really come out well thanks alot

  13. Can I use dry coconut instead of fresh one bcos im runng short of it

  14. Hi aarthi,
    I tried ur meen kulambu receive.. It came soo well.
    Thank you so much:-)

  15. Mam ur recepie was so simple n less time consuming.im going to try it fr sure. ...thank u fr sharing ur recipes. ... eventhoug it looks so simple u made it delicious n wonderful coz u r professional in cooking....heartfelt thanks to you

  16. I tried this recipe today and I must say it turned out really well thank you so much for this chettinad fish curry recipe.I am going to make more often now.

  17. Hi Ms.Aarthi
    Tried this today... came out well.... Thanks a ton

  18. Osum recipe...
    Came ot really well...
    Ty Aarthi

  19. This looks quite fabulous! And with all those flavours, I can imagine it would be beautifully fragrant and tasty too :)

  20. Tried this gravy today it was yummy.. Loved it.... Thanks for the recepie.

  21. Hi nice recipe...going to try out today...but noticed there was no salt in the ingredients list...should we add salt according to our taste or should we mix salt and fish and keep it aside in the beginning..thanks in advance

  22. @Anonymousu have to add salt in the masala..i missed it in the ingredients list

  23. Vanakam sis... Thank u so much for ur recipe ... Its really worked. My mum got a big shocked cos a 17 years old girl can cooked a delicious chettinad fish curry. She ask me the secret but i just give her a winkπŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰... Hhaha thanks sis 😘😘😘

  24. Vanakam sis... Thank u so much for ur recipe ... Its really worked. My mum got a big shocked cos a 17 years old girl can cooked a delicious chettinad fish curry. She ask me the secret but i just give her a winkπŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰... Hhaha thanks sis 😘😘😘 -Gomi-

  25. Hi Aarthi, I tried it today and it came out very well. My Husband and Daughter ( who never eats fish gravy ) liked it .Thanks a lot

  26. Thank you for the recipe. It is so simple for beginners.

  27. I tried this recipe it came out very well as I am new for cooking this helps me a lot to learn thank u

  28. Thanks a lot Aarthi, your recipe was a super hit. Its so simple at the same time real smack. Thank you once again. Cheers.

  29. Hi Arthi, i tried your recipe it came out very well , but it was lil sweetish but i've not added sugar or jaggery, can you tell me what could have went wrong?

  30. @Anonymoussweetenes must be from tomatoes. add little more tamarind next time

  31. hi, can you please give the recipe for tamilnadu style fish curry without using coconut .... without using coconut the curry will stay for more than 3 days and get tastier every day.. i dont get the curry thick without using coconut but some people do it perfectly

  32. Hello Aarthi, your food blog is wonderful. i wanted to cook something different with fish & came across this recipe. i was wondering what kind of tamarind do you use? the kind that you find in india that you need to soak in hot water? and also do you pour the tamarind water with the seeds into the curry? thank you

  33. Add your blog name is, the recipe was yummy.

    Thank you for the recipe.

  34. Hai Arthi, tried your chettinadu fish curry recipe today. Great recipe. Super taste

  35. Hi, Thanks!! I'm a new learner and this blog is helping me out to cook all kinds of recipes. I would rate this website as best one for south Indian recipes.

  36. i tried out this fish curry....was really awesome. as usual taste excellent the next day....sure a keeper recipe.thanks.god bless

  37. Can i use different fish instead of paari?? Thanks


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