Jun 4, 2016

Manchatti Meen Kuzhambu Recipe - Coconut Fish Curry Recipe

I have quite a few fish recipes on my blog and this one is a addition to that. Hubby got a huge kilos of fish yesterday. He got it directly from the fisherman, so it was very very cheap.. It was so fresh, I freezed few of them and cooked some immediately for dinner, This is what i made yesterday for lunch and i am sure we are gonna eat fish for the following days as well.

Similar Recipe,
Dry fish curry
Goan Fish Curry
Anchovies Fish Curry
Sardine Fish Curry
Chettinad Fish Curry
Malabar Fish Curry
Mackerel Fish Curry
Many More..

Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 35 to 40 mins
Serves: 5 to 6


Fish - 500 grams cut into pieces
Salt to taste
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp

For Gravy:
Onion - 1 large chopped finely
Tomatoes - 3 large chopped finely
Green chilli - 3 slit
Chilli Powder - 1 tblspn
Coriander Powder- 2 tblspn
Turmeric Powder- 1 tsp
Garam Masala powder - 1 tsp
Tamarind Pulp - 2 tblspn or to taste
Salt to taste

For Grinding:
Coconut - 1/4 cup
Curry leaves a small handful
Ginger - 2 cm piece
Green Chilli - 2

For Seasoning:
Oil - 4 tblspn
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves a handful
Garlic - 6 cloves peeled 
Black Pepper - 1 tsp


Take fish in a bowl, add salt and turmeric and mix well. Set aside.

Take grinding ingredients in a blender and puree smooth. Set aside.

Heat oil in a earthernware pot. Add in seasoning ingredients and let them sizzle.

Add in onions and cook that till golden.

Add in tomatoes and chillies and cook that till mushy. Add in spice powders and salt and mix well. Cook that for a min more.

Add in water as needed and bring it to a boil. Simmer for few mins.

Add in fish and mix well. Cook for 5 to 6 mins. Now add in coconut masala and tamarind and cook till oil floats on top.


Take fish in a bowl

add salt and turmeric. Mix well

Set aside

Take coconut in a blender

add in curry leaves and ginger

add green chillies

puree till smooth
heat oil in a pan..add seasoning ingredients

let them sizzle

add onions

cook till it is lightly golden

add tomatoes and green chillies

cook till it gets mushy

add spice powders

mix well

add water

bring it to a boil and cook for 5 mins or so

add fish pieces and cook that for few more mins

add coconut masala

mix well

add tamarind

boil it and cook till oil separates




  1. I am new in fish cooking.which fish have you used?

    1. not so sure. you can use any white flesh fish

  2. thank you for this recipe,,,i am gonna try this soon

  3. Nice recipe.. adding curry leaves to grind with coconut is something new I learnt in this. I have a doubt. When you use a Mann chatti for cooking was it a brand new one or something you have been using a while. I have heard that food takes longer to cook on a new mud pot and it won't be as tasty. Would like to start using it for cooking. Plus are there any benefits in cooking in a mud pot compared to our normal cookware?


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