Chettinad Meen Kuzhambu | Fish Curry


Here is the recipe for authentic Chettinad fish curry


Fish 1/2 Kg
Shallot onions 10 –15 Nos
Tomato 1 No
Tamarind 1 Lemon Sized
Turmeric Powder 1/4 Tablespoon
Chilli Powder 1/2 Tablespoon
Coriander Powder 1 Tablespoon
Garlic 3 – 5 Pods
Curry leaves A Stirg
Fenugreek 1/4 Tablespoon
Fennel Seeds 1/4 Tablespoon
Cumin Seeds 1/4 Tablespoon
Lemon Juice 1 Tablespoon
Salt To Taste
Seasame Oil 1 – 2 Tablespoons


Preparation Method
  • Clean the fish and cut into pieces of required size and wash them 4 – 5 times.
  • Marinate the fish with Lemon juice, chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt. Set it aside for 30 minutes.
  • Heat a pan and add oil. Once it is hot, add fenugreek seeds and roast them till it turns to brown colour.
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  • Add cumin seeds, fennel seeds, curry leaves and allow it to splutter.
  • Add onion, garlic and saute them well.
  • Add tomatoes and cook till it becomes mushy.
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  • Extract tamarind juice and add it to the mixture.
  • Add required water and bring it to boil. Add Chilli powder,coriander powder, salt and cook till it reduces to the required consistency.
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  • When the mixture is boiling well and reduced to the right consistency, add the fishes one by one.
  • Cook for 5 – 7 minutes, depending on the type of fish.
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  • Turn off the flame and allow it to remain for couple of hours before serving.



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