Jun 18, 2015

Chettinad Saiva Meen Kuzhambu Recipe

This is one of the recipe which i wanted to make for quite a long time. I made it few months back and it was sitting in the draft folder for a long time, finally i took it and it turned out great..Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you..

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Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 35 to 40 mins
Serves : 4


For Saiva Fish:

Cow Peas / Thatta Payir - 1 cup
Garlic - 2 cloves
Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

For Kulambu:

Oil - 2 tblspn + 2 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku -  1tsp
Fenugreek Seeds / Methi / Vendayam - 1/4 tsp
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves a spring
Shallots / Sambar Onion - 10 chopped finely
Green Chillies - 2
Tomatoes - 1 large chopped finely
Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Coriander Powder / Malli Podi - 1.5 tblspn
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Tamarind Pulp - 3 tblspn
Water - 2 to 3 cups
Salt to taste


Take cow peas, soak them overnight. Drain them and add it to blender. Add other ingredients and make it into a coarse puree.

Spread this over some aluminium foil or banana leaf and steam them for 15 to 20 mins. Remove them and cut into strips. Pan fry them in oil and set aside.

Heat oil in a pan, Add in mustard, fenugreek, fennel, curry leaves and sizzle for a min.

Now add in onions, green chillies and tomatoes. Season with salt and cook till it turns mushy.

Now add in tamarind pulp and water. Bring it to a boil.

Add in the fried pieces and simmer it for 15 mins.


Start by soaking cow peas overnight

take it in a blender

add in garlic

and some fennel seeds

add in little chilli powder

add in little salt and puree them

make it into a coarse puree

spoon this over some foil

spread it evenly

fold it over

make one more

heat a steamer

place the package in a steamer

cover and steam

unwrap it

cut into slices

heat oil in a pan

pan fry them

toast them till golden

remove them and set aside

Take all your ingredients for kulambu

Heat oil in a pan

add in mustard and fenugreek seeds

add in fennel seeds

add in curryleaves

add in onions, garlic, green chillies

mix well..add some salt

saute till golden

add in tomatoes

mix well

cook till tomatoes turn mushy

add in chilli, coriander and turmeric powder

mix well

add in tamarind pulp

add water

bring it to boil

add in the fried pieces

simmer it for a while




  1. Hi Aarthi...

    I dont have foil with mw.... have any idea to achieve the same.


  2. Should we dry roast the cowpeas before soaking?

  3. When I saw the words, "Saiva" and "Meen" together in the title, I thought, you must be kidding me! Looks good! Kudos on using a clay pan 🙂. It may add a bit of a earthy flavor to the dish.


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