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Instant Fish Curry Recipe | Fish Curry using Sambar Powder

Fish sambar or meen kuzhambu recipe made using sambar powder is one of the easiest recipe you could ever make. All you need is 4 ingredient to make this curry.
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Resting Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 32 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 6 servings


  • 3 tbsp Sambar Powder
  • 500 grams Fish
  • 1 lemon size Tamarind
  • to taste Salt
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil


  • Soak tamarind in water for 10 mins. Squeeze and extract the pulp.
  • Take the tamarind pulp, sambar powder, salt in a pot and mix well.
  • Bring it to a boil. Simmer the pot and cook for 15 mins. Cook till raw smell leaves and the curry thicken slightly.
  • Now add in fish pieces and continue to cook for 10 mins.
  • Add in coconut oil and mix well. Serve.



  1. Since this curry needs only sambar powder. Try using a good amount of it. Sambar powder is what gives the thickness to the curry.
  2. Boil the curry till it thickens slightly and the raw smell leaves.
  3. Add in any fish you like, But sardines (chala meen) is best in this curry.
  4. Finishing the curry with coconut oil enhances the taste. 
  5. Leave the curry to stand for 3 to 4 hours before serving for best taste.
Keyword Fish curry, fish recipes, instant fish curry, meen kuzhambu
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