Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Chettinad Fish Curry - Meen Kuzhambu Recipe

Chettinad Fish Curry
Fish Kuzhambu - And this is my first nonveg post :) I eat nonveg but havent dared to start cooking it myself ......To me, amma makes the best meen kulambu and I havent tasted any better than hers. When it comes to chicken I like perimmas recipes the best...Shhh hope amma doesnt hear it ;)

I always held back to click and post nonveg dishes somehow it was not in my comfort zone all these days. But few office collegues and friends had requested to post non veg recipes so am planning to post it occasionally.Finally here sharmis passions has its first non veg recipe :) Fish is mittus fav and as I type this with her on my lap, she saw the pics and now she is asking for fish :)
Chettinad Fish Curry Recipe

Fish Kuzhambu Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Fish - 8 pieces(I used Vanjaram fish variety)
Tamarind - lemon sized
Turmeric powder - a generous pinch
Coriander leaves - 1 tsp
Salt- to taste

To grind:

Coconut - 1/4 cup
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp

To saute & grind:

Oil - 1 tsp
Tomato - 1 chopped roughly
Big Onion - 1/2 chopped roughly
Small Onion - 6

To temper:

Oil - 2 tbsp
Vadagam (the one used for tempering) / Vendhayam - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Small Onion - 10
Garlic - 5 pearls
Tomato - 1
Curry leaves - few

Method:

  1. In a tsp of oil saute onion tomato till it shrinks and raw smell leaves.Add all the ingredients listed under 'to grind' in a mixer along with onion tomato.Sprinkle little water and grind it to a fine paste.
    How to make fish kuzhambu - Step1
  2. Soak tamarind in warm water(say 1/4 cup), extract pulp and keep aside. Heat remaining oil in the kadai add mustard seeds, allow it to splutter. Clean fish, wash it well and add turmeric powder and set aside.Then add curry leaves, onion, garlic saute for 3mins then add tomatoes saute until raw smell leaves.
    How to make fish kuzhambu - Step2
  3. Then add the grinded paste,turmeric powder and tamarind pulp. Add 1/4 cup water(adjust according to thickness) , required salt and allow it to boil for 15-20mins.Add tamarind paste and allow it to boil
    How to make fish kuzhambu - Step3
  4. When oil seperates add the cleaned fish pieces. Allow it to boil and the fish to cook well.
    How to make fish kuzhambu - Step4
  5. The fish will cook faster so be careful not to break the pieces. Once the fish turns soft and the curry is well boiled and thick, oil will start collecting at the edges as shown below. At this stage garnish with coriander leaves and switch off.
    How to make fish kuzhambu - Step5
Give resting time for atleast an hour before you serve. Serve hot with rice, tastes heavenly. Tastes best the next day or even after that :)
Chettinad Fish Kuzhambu

My Notes:

  • Once fish is added it gets cooked faster so cant boil for more time, so allow the curry to boil well before the fish is added, which gives a nice taste to the curry.
  • You can even marinate the fish with little salt, turmeric powder and lemon as suggested by a reader.
Meen Kuzhambu Recipe

55 comments:

  1. Hmmm Delicious! I make mine the same way minus the fennel and tomatoes. Congrats on your 1st nonveg post!!!

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    1. totally simple but handy recipe... i totally nailed my fish kulambu.... thanx sharmi..... One humble suggestion. A piece or two of raw mango would give that xtra punch to the dish...

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  2. Delicious and yummy....We do make the same way except the fennel seeds.My son also likes to eat fish...

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  3. Meen curry looks delicious. Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year to you and family.

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  4. Good one..love the colour of the kuzhambhu.

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  5. delicious looking fish curry looks wonderful

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  6. very nice recipe n to note its amma's recipe then sure be a hit...bookmarking...Sharmis very first non veg recipe is simply rocking, plz do share some chicken recipes since i eat chicken only :)
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  7. Wishing you a very happy and successful 2012 :-)

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  8. Well,Welcome to the club,sharmi.Luv the fish curry to the core...

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  9. Hi..
    Thank you so much for this recipe..
    even i never coooked non veg and after seeing your kaara kulambu post i tried fish curry with tat recipe..
    it turned out superb.. i always go with ur recipes as the spice levels mentioned suit our taste buds best.. its great to see a non veg recipe here.. thanks alot.

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  10. what a lovely fish curry..yum yum

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  11. Oh the curry looks so good! I love curry so I am anxious to try this dish.

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  12. glad you started posting non-veg as well :) love the lighting in the first pic, very crisp and nice.

    happy new year sharmi!

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  13. I though u were a veggie.. Waiting for more NV recipes. Meen kulambhu looks so inviting. Bookmarking ur version

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  14. superb curry...amazing presentation....

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  15. Slurp,fingerlicking fish curry,yum yum.

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  16. happy to see non veg dishes here :-) mouthwatering fish curry

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  17. Very yummy...vanjaram at its best :)COngrats on ur first NV post ;)

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  18. Wish you and your family a very Happy New Year...super delicious fish curry....

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  19. Mouthwatering fish curry,looks very tasty and nice presentation.

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  20. Delicious looking fish curry..
    Happy New Year..

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  21. Looks delicious , never made a ground masala for meen Kuzhambu! Should be aromatic!
    Happy New Year to u and ur family!

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  22. When I was just browsing in my iphone I saw this recipe and thought I'm into the wrong blog for a second..Fish Kuzhambu looks super good !!! Amma preparation na sollavae venam !!!

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  23. Wow !
    This is indeed an Yummy post ! Thanks for sharing. I luv Fish :)

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  24. Even though i don't eat the color of the kulambu makes me hungry..yumm :)

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  25. Sharmi is it vanjaram or vajram ?I will send this link to fish lover friends.

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  26. Thankyou so much for this recipe.I've been wanting to get a Chettinad fish recipe since I love this dish so much.A very Happy New Year to You :)

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  27. Hello,
    I tried this receipe last night. It came out so well. I used Salmon though. Thanks for sharing such a nice receipe.

    Suri

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  28. Hi Sharmi,

    I tried this today and it was superb means superb. thank u so so much. Also Sharmi can u pls post a fish fry recipe.

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  29. @Pavithra : Thats great to hear and thanks for trying. Fish fry is already posted give a search as fish fry and see :)

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  30. awesome awesome luvd it big time thanx a lot sharmuuuuuu!!!!!

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  31. Sharmi.. I haven't tried fish curry since i started cooking, cos i had an idea that cooking fish is a long n tough process. Wow! You proved it wrong. I tried your easy recipe and it came better than my mom's fish curry. Lol.. Thank you so much.. Lots of love - Jayashree

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  32. This s my first fish recipe im preparing first.... mouth watering dish wen seen in picture... Gonna try it today.... Thanks sharmi....

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  33. i tried and it came goood..i became a good cook...thanks sharmi....

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  34. it came out really well. As i was a new cook, i dont know what is tamarind pulp - confused either the extract or the residues. So, plz add the picture of tamarind pulp as well. Anyway my wife helped me for this. Everything else is really easy to follow and thanks for making me a cook too.

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  35. @Venpani : Sure will update the pic later :)

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  36. I tried out this recipe, "Really very tasty and yummy !!!" Thank you so much for a wonderful recipe which you've provided over here. And wishes for your upcoming recipes soon...!!! Happy New Year 2013 !!! :)

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  37. hi.. I tried this recipe @ my home... It was so delicious and my family members are really liked it... Thank u so much.. Keep posting more recipe :)

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  38. hi Sharmi, you have posted such a great recipe! All my fish curry attempts have ended up into a blunder so far.
    And today I could make a fantastic curry with your recipe. We loved it! Thank you so much and looking forward for upcoming recipes which will be of immense help for beginners like me:)

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  39. Tried this today for lunch:) loved it:) thanks a lot...should I need to refrigerate it to use for tomorrow or I just can keep outside? Awaiting your reply...

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    1. Just refrigerate it and then heat it up tomorrow while serving

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  40. Today I had prepared it in my home. I never tried fish in my cooking.. The very first moment of this recipe given me a different taste . I am loving the kolambu.. thanks for posting.

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  41. At my home i prepare the same way except that I add methi (fenugreek/vendhayam) powder (dry roasted methi ground in a mixer grinder)which lifts up the aroma little more than the whole methi seeds.

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  42. I tried it today and it tastes superb...thnks sharmi... when iam planning to do a dish tat iam not confident enough or even to try a new dish, i just check into ur blog..no worries!!

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  43. Thank you so much for this recipe. I have already made it 3 times and my son loves it :)

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  44. Really its a good recipe and nice presentation. Right now I am preparing it.. Cant wait to dig in.. Thanks for the recipe..

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  45. Hi Madam, Awesome recipe. Thanks a lot. My wife is so happy to see your recipe and she is very much glad! Keep up the excellent work.

    GayuBhuvan

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  46. hello sharmi..
    thanks for ur recipe... I am a vegetarian, but my hubby shall have anything that flies, swims, walks :D
    So i wanted to make fish curry for him..Today tried it..he tasted and the only thing he said was ' pattaya kilapittiye' :) Thanks for helping me getting his comment.. Even though i didnt eat it, am sure ur recipe is good which i know from his comment.. Thanks again...

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  47. I tried ur fish curry today it tasted little sweet and little spicy does it taste like that

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    1. It depends on the onion and tomato varirty + / - spice level accordingly

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  48. I tried ur fish curry today it tasted little sweet and little spicy does it taste like that

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  49. thanks for sharing, its delicious :)

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