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How to make Meen Kulambu or Spicy Fish Curry South Indian Tamilnadu style Recipe

Updated on July 3, 2014
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Spicy and tasty fish curry

Spicy Fish Curry

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Introduction

Dear Readers,

This recipe is another healthy recipe for your family members. This dish has been prepared using Mackerel fish. Health benefits are as follows.

  1. Omega-3 fatty acids helps to prevent breast, renal, prostrate and colon cancers
  2. Several research has concluded that essential fatty acids reduce the risk of breast cancer
  3. Antioxidants in general, reduce the risk of some cancers
  4. Improves health of your cells
  5. Contains good amounts of vitamins B12 and selenium that is helpful in the treatment of cancer
  6. Fortifies the immune system
  7. Fish oil, Improves the blood condition which in turn is good for heart health
  8. Prevents the risk of Alzheimer's disease
  9. Essential fatty acids help to prevent problems of the central nervous system

Note: It's recommended, that pregnant woman shouldn't take Mackerel as elevated mercury levels in the fish could damage child's developing nervous system.

Source: http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/the-nutrition-of-mackerel.html

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: Serves two to three people

Ingredients for preparation:

  • 6-7 Pieces, Mackerel fish, (wash with turmeric powder and salt and marinate with the same)
  • 2 Big onion, (chopped)
  • 1/2 Tomato (chopped)
  • 5-10 grams or half inch of Tamarind, (soak in little water)
  • 2 red chillies
  • 2 tablespoon Sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon Fenugreek
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Aniseeds or sombu(tamil)
  • 5 Fresh curry leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon Butter
  • Salt as needed
  • Coriander leaves

Small onions are getting fried in the oil
Small onions are getting fried in the oil
Ingredients for grinding are getting fried in the oil
Ingredients for grinding are getting fried in the oil
All the masala powders are added in the pan and mixed well with rest of the ingredients
All the masala powders are added in the pan and mixed well with rest of the ingredients

Ingredients List For grinding:

  • 1/2 tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 10 Small onion / sambar onion, (remove skin and chopped)
  • 1/2 Tomato, (chopped)
  • 4-5 Curry leaves
  • 2-3 Red chillies
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fenugreek
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Aniseeds or sombu(tamil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 2 tablespoon Coriander powder
Cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds and red chilies are getting fried in the oil
Cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds and red chilies are getting fried in the oil
Big onion is added in the oil for frying
Big onion is added in the oil for frying
onions have become golden broen
onions have become golden broen
Tomatoes are added in the pan and they are getting cooked
Tomatoes are added in the pan and they are getting cooked
Required quantity of salt and water is added.
Required quantity of salt and water is added.
Butter is added
Butter is added
Fish pieces are added inside the curry
Fish pieces are added inside the curry
Spicy fish curry is garnished with coriander leaves and ready to eat
Spicy fish curry is garnished with coriander leaves and ready to eat

Instructions

  1. Wash Mackerel fish pieces thoroughly with water for 2 to 3 times. Finally wash fish with lemon juice because it helps to remove stinky smell from the fish. Then marinate fish with a pinch of turmeric powder and little salt, set aside.
  2. Heat 1/2 tablespoon of oil in a pan, put small onion in the oil and fry for a minute in medium flame.
  3. Add all the ingredients one by one after few seconds, which are given in the list for grinding. Grind them to a fine paste and set aside.
  4. In a pan, add Sesame oil and put Mustard seeds and wait till it crackles.
  5. Add Fenugreek seeds, Cumin seeds, Aniseed, curry leaves, red chilies and fry for few minutes in medium flame.
  6. Put the chopped big onions in the same pan and fry till the onions become golden brown.
  7. Chopped tomatoes can be added in the same pan. Now fry them along with the onions and cook the tomatoes till they get smashed.
  8. At this stage add grinded paste, tamarind juice, salt in the pan and stir well. Add 1 cup of water and boil them with ingredients. Allow them to get heated for 10 to 15 minutes.
  9. Add butter for good flavor and taste.
  10. Finally add fish pieces and cook for 5 minutes(expected time). If not cook until the fish is cooked and becomes a good gravy. Note: Don't stir the fish, as fish pieces might break.
  11. Switch off the stove and garnish with coriander leaves.
  12. Serve hot with white rice.
  13. Note: You can add extra chili powder and salt depending on your taste. Any kind of fish can be cooked in this same kind of preparation.

© 2013 Ravi and Swastha

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    • choosetolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Ravi and Swastha 

      3 years ago from London, Canada

      Thanks Angel. There are many other dishes which you might like. Please take a look at all the interesting recipe you might like.

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      Ravi and Swastha 

      4 years ago from London, Canada

      Thanks Sharmilaah Venkkatesh

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      Angel 

      4 years ago

      Tamil language is very useful

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      it is very useful 

      4 years ago

      sharmilaah venkkatesh

    • choosetolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Ravi and Swastha 

      4 years ago from London, Canada

      Hi Sarah,

      In preparation of fish curry, few ingredients has to be fried and ground to prepare masala for fish curry. Steps 2&3 in the instruction are regarding the masala preparation. Ingredients to prepare that masala is mentioned above in a separate list. Similarly three images parallel to the list of ingredients are explaining the preparation of the masala. Ingredients which are lined up in the list of ingredients for grinding has to be added one after the other in the pan in few seconds gap and has to be sauted for 3-5 minutes in a medium flame. Then the sauted ingredients has to be ground.

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      Sarah 

      4 years ago

      Hi ,

      Its look interesting but i am just curious regarding grinding and frying ??? can you please tell in details

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