Saturday, February 04, 2012

Meen Kuzhambu / Hot & Spicy Fish Curry

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Hot n spicy Fish curry
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Meen or Fish Kuzhambu  is a traditional South Indian dish that tastes so delectable. It can be prepared fast & easily in just 20 minutes..!
Here I am sharing my favorite  MOM’s style  of fish kuzhambu recipe....I love this a lot and tried it several times. It tastes truly divine..!
In this recipe, I used a fish called  “ Sankara meen “ ( Red Snapper ),  but you can use all fish which we used to make gravy type..!
Pomfret , shark, anchovies  are also ideal.  Usually for kuzhambu small fish varieties suit the best..!!
 A day old meen kuzhambu tastes very good as the curry will absorb all that masala. You’ll love the hot and tangy taste &  It makes a good combo with idly, dosa, chapathi and of course rice..!!
Check out this delicious mouthwatering recipe & treat your taste buds as it deserves.
  • Fish                              - ½ kg
  • Onion chopped             - 1 cup
  • Tomato chopped           - 1 ½ cup
  • Tamarind                       - small lemon size
  • Oil                                - 3 to 4 tbsp
  • Mustard                        - ¼ tsp
  • Urad dal                        - ¼ tsp
  • Cumin                           - ½ tsp
  • Fenugreek                     - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves                  - 5 to 6
  • Garlic                            - 4 to 5 pods
  • Turmeric pwd                - ¼ tsp
  • Red chilly pwd              - 2 tsp
  • Pepper pwd                  - ½ tsp
  • Coriander pwd               - 1 tsp
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • Salt to taste                             
  1. Clean and wash the fish in water.
  2. Chop onion and tomato into pieces.
  3. Extract the pulp from the tamarind and keep it aside.
  4. Heat oil in a pan.
  5. Add mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin, fenugreek and wait to splutter.
  6. Add curry leaves and onion.
  7. Fry onion till it turns golden brown color.
  8. Add garlic and saute for a minute.
  9. Add turmeric pwd, red chilly pwd, pepper pwd, coriander pwd and salt.
  10. Fry till it combines & oil separates.
  11. Add tomatoes and saute till it becomes soft.
  12. Add tamarind pulp and 1 or 2 cups of water.
  13. Cover the pan with a lid.
  14. Cook it in medium flame for 5 to 7 mins.
  15. When its done, the masala will be blended with the curry and will be in thick consistency.
  16. Add finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves and mix well.
  1. Finally add Fish to the curry.
  1. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or till Fish are cooked.
  1. Don’t overcook, as the fish tends to break. ( fish takes very less time to cook, as they’re naturally tender and contain very little connective tissue )
  1. Remove from flame.
meen kuzhambu
  1. Enjoy hot & delicious Fish Curry with white rice & pappad combo..:)

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  1. Jay,
    Again,Mouth watering recipe..!!! Really..

  2. As soon as I opened my blog I saw these scrumptious pictures staring at me.And what else could I do? but stare at them ..drooling of course.Now my tastes buds are so roused that I want to try this recipe immediately..but again I dont have Fish in my refrigerator....Till then,I will have to keep looking at your dish!:)

  3. lovely! i made the traditional red fish curry two days ago :)

  4. What a lovely color!!!Flavorful curry :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  5. delicious and spicy curry...lovely recipe

  6. Yummy and with kerala porotta

  7. Always love the color of the dishes that you made so as all the spices that you added! I really need to add more spices to my stash hahaha That dish looks really mouth watering esp with a plateful of rice ! Yummmmmm

  8. I think like Puan Ros, with rice is better, althought your version is increibly delicious! kisses

  9. mouthwatering recipe.........delicious luking fish curry

  10. I love curry and fish. The color of your dish just lovely:)

  11. Suddenly I am in the mood for some fish now..(I just finished my stack last night). clicked you on Google +

  12. Looks fantastic! We usually fry the fish before adding it to the curry but I will give your method a go the next time! :)

  13. Looks fantastic! We usually fry the fish before adding it to the curry but I will give your method a go the next time! :)

  14. thanks for stopping by..
    have a great sunday..:)

  15. wow....wat a delicious and spicy curry...awesome recipe

  16. I love the hot, and the spicy... but I've never tried it with fish!! i should do it!!! thanx for sharing! hugs!! :)

  17. OMG,such a mouthwatering n tangy the last clicks!!

  18. Yes, yes and more yes for a spicy curry with fish added inside.

  19. This looks so good..


  20. this looks really good..i love curry!!

  21. This looks very inviting with rice!

  22. I Love fish kuzhambu, yummy yummy recipie... want to taste now...

  23. So mouthwatering, I need to try to find a couple of those spices on line so I can try this recipe. Yummy! ~Lili

  24. I already told you that I love your blog. Those recipes are so great and very easy to follow. Thanks! This one I will try to make tonight...I don't have a few ingredients, though. Would it make a big difference?

  25. Que plato tan bueno de pescado, me gusta mucho. Me encanta el colorido de tus platos :)

  26. Really mouthwatering and good! I love fish curry. :) Happy Sunday~ Ramona

  27. Hello Jay, the last advice is very important, the first time I cooked red snapper, it was broken in pieces :)Thank you for the recipe and the translation for the fish´s name.

  28. That's a nice fish recipe Jay

  29. Hola Jay. El pescado me encanta y si es en salsa más todavía y si a eso se le añade sabor picante ya es el no va más.
    Este pescado es muy parecido a uno que tenemos por esta zona que se llama salmonete. Su carne es exquisita.
    El que has preparado tiene que estar delicioso.

  30. Qué comida más rica preparas, Jay. Me encanta cómo cocinas. La salsa de este pescado debe estar increíble.
    Enhorabuena por la receta.
    Un saludo.

    Juan Carlos.

  31. My Mom prepares it the same way !! Makes me drool !! Nice and Homey !!

  32. I don't get this kind of fish over here. But of course, I make this curry with other ones.... But this one always tastes better. :-)

  33. El pescado gusta mucho en casa y este tiene que estar buenisimo, con esta salsita, besos

  34. TQ for your comments..I appreciate your thoughts & feedback..
    have a wonderful start of the week..;)

  35. I have never made a fish curry. this looks mouthwatering.

  36. superb and inviting curry !!

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  37. really nice fish curry!looks really inviting!

  38. mmmm.... mouthwatering delicious looking curry. Never made this before. Will try this out..

  39. wow... i like to eat curry with sambal belacan... hehe..1 malaysia :)...!nice shot it :)

  40. Hi Jay, I love fish and curry. Your recipe looks fantstic!
    Have a nice start of the week.

  41. Yum! Spicy fish curry.. and I love tamarind. Makes me want to move to India! Thanks Jay. A.

  42. Looks spicy, fragrant and absolutely delicious!!

  43. Mouthwatering and love the way you've prepared it!

  44. Hi..thats very good recipe. the last time I saw this fish, I didn't know how to prepare it. Now I am going to try it definetly. And thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. am delighted :)

  45. I really love curries, and this one will sure please me. I'm bookmarking it!

  46. Hey Jay, what a mouth-watering dish you've got here!

  47. wow! mouth watering.looks awesome!

  48. Never made curry with Snapper..nice..will def try once..

  49. Droolworthy Fish Kuzhambu Dear. Luv to grab that bowl. Delicious clicks Dear.

  50. Wish I could grab it :( I love Fish and i am not at all good in cooking!

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  51. I have tried this. It came out really well... Thank you for the recepie. I like ur blog.. All the best


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